Christopher D. Wright

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Christopher D. Wright

My husband and I are passionate about traveling and food. When we travel, our goal is to get a real feel for the place we are visiting. We do not just seek out the main attractions but get off the beaten path, try to experience what the locals experience. We have a great respect for other cultures, history and food. We try to work all of this into our travels. I started this Blog to share our adventures in hopes that others might have a better experience when they travel.



Europe » Italy May 31st 2018

We are back home now as I write this final entry for this journey. Having a day to reflect and review the entries and other trips we have taken I have some final thoughts on this trip. First, as with all trips it was not perfect, there were bumps in the road, there always will be for the traveler the road is not always easy. I of course learned new things about myself good and bad and of course had a great cultural experience as always. I think the most striking thing about this trip (Jerry agrees) is that overall the food was just not as good as we anticipated. Yes, we had some stand out meals and there was usually a stand out dish, but it just seemed that it just lacked that something extra. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 30th 2018

The last day in Italy would be as jammed packed as any other day on this trip. The only difference, we slept in until 8 and went down to breakfast at 10. So, we started our day about an hour behind what we had planned, but it was fine since it was our last day and we intended on exploring parts of Rome yet seen. It was already hot and humid, so one more day of being wet all day. The first stop was to be the Palazzo Barberini, just 2 blocks from our hotel, we changed that because the only time sensitive place on our agenda today was the Basilica San Celemente, the last church of the trip. It was near the colosseum, but on the opposite side of where we were the first part ... read more
Fontana Delle Naiadi
Margherita
1 of 4

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence May 29th 2018

There was only one thing on the agenda, other than our return to Rome, and that was our final cooking class. We did have to get up early, so we could get to the train station to store our luggage. We should have stored more, as we did a fair amount of walking before we ever go to the cooking part. I am going to start right off with brutal honesty, this was the least favorite cooking class I have ever taken. When I booked it, I did have my doubts because it was arranged through a tour company and not a cooking school, what I didn’t know was that the company was a subsidiary of Viator, and after our disaster of a Viator tour in England over Christmas, we vowed never to book through them ... read more
The Butcher
Bruschetta
making pasta with a view

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa May 28th 2018

Today is a day trip to Pisa primary to see the leaning tower, and yes climb the 251 steps to the top. We had an 8:30 train, so it made for an early rise. We had enough time for a quick bite of the breakfast and some coffee. We walked to the train station since we did not have any luggage, it was about 15-minute walk, and the humidity was beginning to build. Florence has been the warmest and most humid of all the places we have been so far on this trip. With all of the walking and climbing you are basically constantly wet, but that is the price of a vacation. Overall, we have been very lucky weather wise, and the only days it has really rained was the morning of Verona and part ... read more
Looking up the center of the tower
Well walked steps up
Looking down from the top

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence May 27th 2018

Florence is really all about the Medici Family so much of today’s walking tour was based upon them. The Medici ruled Florence for several hundred years. Catherin di Medici was Queen of France and the mother of three French kings, the Queen of Spain and confident of Mary Queen of Scotts. They even had a pope or two in the family. This was to be a full day of museums and walking tours and it was for Jerry and Christina. When I woke up, I was simply not feeling well and felt I needed to sleep a bit more. So, Jerry and Christina headed to the Academia (where the David is) and I slept an hour or so more. I was feeling better around 11:30, so I took a shower and dressed, then headed out for ... read more
Porchetta
Medici Riccardi Palazzo
Medici Chapel

Europe » Italy May 26th 2018

The morning started as any day we move on to the next city does, get up, have Nescafe in the room, shower and head for the train station. We got to the station a little earlier than we needed, but that just meant we had time to figure out where to stand, you don’t have a lot of time to get on and off the train when it is not originating in the city you get on. Our train this morning started in Torino and was ending in Naples. This mean we needed to get on and of quickly with all of our luggage. The train trip from Bologna to Florence was a quick 35 minutes through a lot of tunnels and some nice country side. When we arrived in Florence the station was packed, most ... read more
Our Room
Panni
Duomo

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna May 25th 2018

A few words about this series of blogs. I don’t feel that they are up to my normal standards. We have had pretty full days, and even though I have allowed time at the end of every day to do the blog entry, it just seems there has not been enough time. In reviewing the blogs, they seem to lack the depth that I normally write with, so for my readers and myself I am sorry for this. As you know I do this for a few reasons, one is so that Jerry and I will have something to look back in our golden years to remember all the places we have been the second is to hopefully inspire others to travel and experience a world outside of the US and their comfort zone. I can ... read more
The stock beginning
Stirring the Bologniase
Asapargus for the filling

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Bologna May 24th 2018

Up a little earlier than most days as Christina and I had to go get the laundry. Yesterday, I was commenting on how quiet San Marco is before the crowds, well at 8:30, it is empty, just the deliveries being made on the canal the musicians of the larger restaurants lining the square setting up for the day, full of activity but empty of tourists. Picking up the laundry was fairly simple, grandma was working so the language barrier was an issued but we figured it all out. When we got back to the hotel, we finished packing and headed to the vaporetto stop to take our last trip up the grand canal to the train station. Traveling with our new luggage has been quite nice, the 360 wheels make it so much easier to get ... read more
Hello Bologna
Lunch in Bologna
Basilica di San Petronio

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 23rd 2018

The bed in the hotel was a bit to soft so we did not sleep as good in as past nights, but still slept from exhaustion. Breakfast was not included with this room, but they did have in room coffee, well it was Nescafe so if you call that coffee. I made a pot for us and showered. The first stop of the day was to drop of laundry. We have started doing this the last several trips so we don’t have to pack as much. We still pack a lot, but socks and underwear are cut in half because we drop of laundry half way through the trip. Since we knew exactly where we were going it did not take long to accomplish this task. The place is run by a mother daughter, so we ... read more
Doge Palace
Venice Rush Hour
Basilica di S Marco

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 22nd 2018

We woke up to a slow persistent drizzle, it was actually comforting. I got up showered, shaved and went down to breakfast. The breakfast was certainly the most elaborate on this trip so far. All kinds of fruit, breads, meats, scrambled eggs, soft boiled eggs, fresh yogurt, far too much to choose from. I ordered a cappuccino and had a nice breakfast. Christina was out shopping and Jerry was sleeping in. After breakfast, I headed out to the ATM, needed the umbrella as the drizzle was a bit heavier now. Without belaboring the point, let’s just say the ATM was a frustrating experience and I was not able to get any cash. Frustrated I walked back to the hotel. Jerry was just getting up so I did a bit of blogging (yes this is being typed ... read more
San Marco
Basilica di S Marco




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