County Kerry Camping

Visiting Cork was the final leg of our trip. We were so excited to be picked up by bike, taken to the market and then given a quick tour of the town on the way back to our host’s house. When we arrived to Darren’s house, dinner preparations began and then 3 of Darren’s friendsContinue reading “County Kerry Camping”

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Galway, and the Cliffs of Moher

Flying from Carcassonne to Dublin, Ireland we hopped on a bus to meet up with our friend Mikey, across the country in the city of Galway. We stayed with him and his roommate/band member, Paul. They live in the neighborhood of Salt Hill in a cozy apartment, 1 block from the bay and just aContinue reading “Galway, and the Cliffs of Moher”

  Narbonne and Carcassonne

On our weekend off at Chateau Ventenac, we spent one day in the nearest town – Narbonne, on the other we visited medieval town/castle Carcassonne. Narbonne is a busy little town with a beautiful town square containing an ancient Hotel de-ville (town-hall) and  large cathedral.             After buying treats at theContinue reading ”  Narbonne and Carcassonne”

Château Ventenac

After our Italian holiday we got back to work in France. We had an overnight 12 hour bus ride out of Milan. It was pouring rain the entire time and the bus was full of characters but we managed to get some shut eye and arrived in Narbonne the following afternoon. We were picked upContinue reading “Château Ventenac”

The islands of Lago Maggiore

After enjoying the gardens and home at Isola Madre we hop back on the ferry. Then over to the cute and colorful Isola Pescatori (Fisherman’s Island) for a delicious lunch. Then a quick jaunt over to Isola Bella… Where we toured the home and gardens of the Borromeo family… The home has an amazing grotto…Continue reading “The islands of Lago Maggiore”

Lago Maggiore, Botanical Gardens and Villa Taranto

Next stop Lago Maggiore. After leaving the incredible Casa Scaparone and truffle obsessed town of Alba we drive to Verbania, Michael (our friend from the bay area who is graciously hosting and is showing us his favorite places) has an apartment there so we will stay there for the next few days. We arrive inContinue reading “Lago Maggiore, Botanical Gardens and Villa Taranto”

First taste of Italy

At the end of a very long tunnel out of France we were greeted with sunshine! Something we had come to miss during our stay in France. Although the French Alps may be as beautiful and majestic as their Italian counterparts, we couldn’t tell you because they were hemmed in by cold grey clouds. HereContinue reading “First taste of Italy”