I pride myself on writing about only what is true to me. However, August’s recap will be a little different… because for the first time ever on this blog, it contains pictures not taken by me and places not visited by me.
As most of you know already, I flew back to Los Angeles in early August on family emergency. Meanwhile, D stayed on and continued with our travel plans through Italy. This was a slightly cruel twist of fate because the only reason we had planned for Italy was because I had never been there. But nevermind that; family wins top priority. D promised to send me a ton of pictures so I can still experience Italy through him. Every morning, I woke up to digital “postcards” of what he’s been up to that day. And now, I’d love to share them here.
But we’ll start this recap from the beginning of the month, when I was still a girl wandering around France. After we said bye to our new friends in Lyon, we headed to Paris for one day and one night, mainly because the easiest/cheapest way to get into Italy was out of the airport in Paris.
But there was also another huge reason: One of D’s uncles happened to be in Paris at the same time with his family! We had a lovely day strolling around Luxembourg Gardens and catching up over dinner.
[Sidenote: we decided on a burger joint and though I asked for my patty medium, it came out practically like steak tartare. I managed to get it down (despite throwing up inside a little bit) because somehow, I feel like sending your food back is a huge faux pas in France. Oh Paris, your food is so disappointing after Lyon.]
After Paris, we flew into Italy! Bologna was our first stop. It was the cutest little town and of course, I couldn’t wait to eat pasta bolognese from its place of origin.
Unfortunately, after only two days in Bologna, I flew back to Los Angeles. The rest of my month was a series of buses and hospitals. So I will let D take it from here!
While in Bologna, D took a day trip to Ravenna, where he visited the UNESCO sites to see the early Christian Byzantine mosaic artwork.
Next, he headed to Florence, where we had booked a room in a guesthouse for two weeks. I’m glad we did that because D was able to meet some friends through the guesthouse.
He stayed pretty busy in Florence, taking day trips to…
… while cruising through the beautiful Tuscan countryside:
… and San Gimignano:
… and Cinque Terre:
… and Pistoia
D ended his month in Rome, where he later spent the next three weeks.
I know D was a little nervous about traveling on his own, but I think he may have ended up enjoying it a little too much, as he’s already anxious for the next solo adventure. :P
And of course, there was a lot of eating. I have to admit that this was what I was most jealous of! While I was mostly subsisting on hospital cafeteria food, D was eating:
And yes, I hated him a little. :P
I’m still working on catching up on my monthly re-caps! The one for September coming soon! Have you been to Italy?