Tuesday was, of course, my travel day from Perugia to Bologna. I caught an 11:45 train, switched in Arezzo, and arrived in Bologna around 3:45 I think it was. Had my huge, heavy suitcase with me and I'm sure glad people are so nice - every time I started struggling to lift it on or off the trains, someone helped me - one man even carried it all the way up a flight of stairs for me and I swear it weighs at least one ton! My goal in life is now to learn how to travel light.
So once I got here, and got myself settled in a little, I went out in search of food (having had a quite small breakfast and one small bag of M&M peanuts to eat for the day). The hungrier I get the harder time I have finding something to eat, and by the time I decided on something and took my time enjoying it, the day was over. And I don't even really remember what it was I ate but a little later in the evening, I was walking and saw a little restaurant that looked so attractive inside that I thought "I'll just get a little glass of wine and then maybe a cup of tea". So I did and it turns out it's a restaurant that is part of a hotel. It was pretty much empty (I think 3 other tables had a person at them) but I asked if I could see their menu for future reference and the menu looked promising so I will probably have a meal there while I'm here. I DID get my glass of wine and they brought me a basket of bread with it and, oh my goodness, finally I have had good bread in Italy! A nice crusty roll that tasted like bread - it's amazing what a little salt in the dough does. And I also decided what the heck and ordered a dessert called, I think, cicolatta temptazione to go with my pot of tea. When he brought it out, I thought "oh, shoot - that's just one of those lava cakes" but no, it wasn't. It was sort of the same concept but taken to new and wonderful Italian heights.
And now...the place where I'm staying. I love it and Maria, the proprietress, is so nice and friendly and, basically, just delightful. I was hopeful it would turn out this way because her website and our e-mails back and forth made me think it would be good and it is. Since I'm providing links to all these places I've been enjoying so much, here is hers: http://www.bolognanelcuore.it/eng.html.
She lives in this apartment herself and lets out two bedroom suites to travelers. And she told me that she has just purchased two small apartments in this same building and hopes to have them ready for occupancy by sometime next spring. I told her I might just decide to make Bologna a base for a future trip, staying here (because it truly is delightful) and taking day trips to various towns, cities, etc. To illustrate just how much I like it, I'll confess that I discovered I had made a mistake in my reservations. I reserved both this room and my room in Florence for the night of October 9. And after discovering that and finding myself so enamored of this room, I decided to stay here on the 9th rather than in Florence! And all of those people who know how much I love Florence know that makes this room pretty special. :) So now, Florence is still the city I love, but this room is the room I love.
So for today's post, I'm just going to post these pictures of my room and of the breakfast I came out to my first morning here...
I realize that a lot of people probably stay in quite nice hotels when they travel, but I am a budget traveler and to come across a place this fantastic that was just a very small amount over my normal room rates has been a wonderful surprise and treat.
So, ciao, Maria e molto, molto grazie for bella camere!
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.