Capri and Zurich: Vacation Part Final

I may or may not have forgotten how many “parts” are in our vacation saga.  Regardless, this is the end of the trip.  Are you ready for an adventure? If you’ve forgotten, we just left Positano behind with all of its not sleep and late-night hotel searches.  We got on the ferry to Capri with…

Positano: Vacation Part 5

With a 5 (or 6 or 7) part vacation, you would think we were there for a month.  We just had a lot we wanted to see, and we were feeling ambitious.  You may or may not remember that our last stop before Positano was Modena, with a seven-hour drive between the two.  We planned…

Cars ‘n Things in Modena (Vacation Part 4)

Okay, let’s pretend that it’s early September in Italy.  (I finally emailed myself a few more vacation photos, so it’s time for another step in the vacation saga.)  We’ve visited Switzerland briefly.  We’ve hiked through 4/5 of the Cinque Terre.  We’ve eaten a ton of good food. Now it’s on to Modena.   We made it…

The Cinque Terre (Vacation Part 3)

Our next stop after a few days in Lugano was the Cinque Terre–Riomaggiore specifically.  Never heard of it?  Well, the Cinque Terre is a national park area in Italy that surrounds some villages along the coast.  I used to think that a couple of the villages were only accessible by foot.  After hiking there and…

Lovely Lugano (Vacation Part 2)

After we met our rental steed and drove through a few alps, we stopped for a day and a half in my favorite town of all–Lugano, Switzerland. That’s my favorite tree-lined lakeside walk.  With my favorite red benches. Those colors are amazing.  Nothing but sunshine, lake, and Lugano-ness there.  And once you’ve soaked that all in…

Welcome to Switzerland!

Doesn’t this picture look like a ridiculous made-up rest stop from a movie? That was our first “Man, that was a long flight” stop on our vacation adventure, complete with my favorite Swiss beverage–sparkling apple juice.  I think that picture captures Switzerland fairly well.  Everything is neat and tidy and ridiculously good-looking. This was our…

Italian Favorite: Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich

Whew, we’re back from vacation.  It was wonderful.  Really.  But I also need a nap.  To be precise, I need several naps that last for at least 2 hours each.  In lieu of naps, I give you a very brief recipe.  On the trip, we ate lots of good food.  Italy and Switzerland didn’t survive…