Summer highlights in Central Europe

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Although I (as a Swede) actually is a part of Europe, there is so much I haven’t seen. Of course, I’ve done the summer weeks in Greece or Spain, the weekends in Berlin or Paris through the years, but actually experienced the countries? Not really…

So this summer we made a road trip through Central Europe and Northern Italy, mainly round the Alps. Now, back in the office, I can’t believe how our three weeks in that area now only feels like we where there for a couple of days. But time really flies when having fun…and especially for us when we’re on the road 🙂 Here’s some of our highlights:

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We packed our car, left Stockholm and started out in Southern Germany, along the winding Mosel River, home of the Riesling.

After a couple of days in Germany we headed east to Austria and a day in Vienna before finally entering the Alps.

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We then spent a few days in Ramsau am Dachstein where we rented e-bikes which really was a great fun!

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Longing for a dip in The Mediterranean Sea we drove over The Dolomites and the amazing Giau Pass down to Italy.  I have had some serpentines, hairpins and mountain roads throughout the years (especially on motorbike) but I think this is the most beautiful pass I’ve ever seen!

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In Italy we stayed in the beautiful small town Levanto (part of the Cinque Terre National Park).

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On our way back north we returned to Austria and Sölden in the Ötztal Alps for some hiking.

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And of course we experienced so much more. We visited the big lakes (Como, Garda, Boden), drove several big mountain passes (eg Edelweißspitze, Timmelsjoch, Hahntennjoch, Stelvio) and saw so many beautiful places along the way. Now, looking back at it this way, I can’t believe we did all this in just three weeks! 🙂

Next year we would love to do the western parts, France, Spain and Portugal!

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A FoodMap Trip – 3 days in #Italy

Last Monday it was time for a new adventure, now without motorcycles and tents. We flew down to Italy and this time we brought the girls, as a gift to the newly graduated.

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We stayed in Rome where we also spent the first day, revisiting Colosseum and the city center. Had a cappuccino in the sun and Italian pizza and some good wine in the evening.

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The next day we rented a car and drove out to the coast and Sperlonga, a beautiful town about halfway down to Naples. We spent the day walking arround in the narrow, winding alleys and had fresh seafood for lunch.

Since both I and one of the girls are very interested in ancient history, we really wanted to see Pompeii, the city which nearly 2000 years ago was completely buried in ash after the Mount Vesuvio eruption.

Walking around in the remains of a city that is frozen in the moment is just amazing. A lot has been preserved and it can tell us so much about what life was like back then.

The last night we spent back in Rome with a delicious three-course dinner and I think we all were quite satisfied with everything we experienced during these days in Italy.