Summer 2013 I traveled in Europe all by MASELF. I flew to Düsseldorf to stay with my Uncle, then trekked it on the train to Italy where I worked at a bed & breakfast in the countryside of Umbria, Italy. Then I met up with a friend in Amsterdam on my way back to Germany. And then sadly, I was forced to go home (damn you round-trip tickets). My B&B was located right on Lago Trasimeno, this quaint town of Torricella won my heart. The lake had a 70 km long bike path that went all the way around the rim of the lake and through all of the surrounding towns. There is so much history in this area. Towns looked like they were out of a fairytale with old castles and cobblestone streets. I had the time of my life during my month long stay. I will likely never be fed such mouth-watering, mind numbingly delicious food for FREE ever again. Everything I ate was locally sourced and cooked using fresh, simple ingredients.
I arrived at La Casa Sul Lago, where I stayed for a month. This is the pier across from it.
The bike path along the lake. My first biking adventure. I only made it to the town over, Passignano.
Stumbled upon this market in Passignano.
Perugia. Home of the Baci
That time I rode on a motorcycle and burnt the crap out of my leg. So scary. Never again.
First stop on motorcycle adventure — Local flower art on the streets in a nearby town.
Next stop, walking in the Castiglione del Lago.
Last stop, horse farm in Verrazzano.
Then back home to make some pasta with a black truffle we bought in Castiglione del Lago. Staff feast!
And now I am in Firenze.
A brief summary of my “taste of Firenze”.
Now back in the Umbrian countryside. Fresh gnocchi with smoked trout in a tomato sauce.
Enter: Sienna. At the Piazza del Campo.
Sienna eats…local hearty vegetable stew with unlimited fresh bread; so many yummy treats to choose from…
Look at dat meat; Torta Nutella, nuff said.
Another bike ride, this time I made it to Castiglione del Lago all by myself.
Castiglione del Lago is a lovely town. The center is up on a hill (as seen above) beautiful streets full of local goodies.
Boat ride to Isola Maggiore.
Isola Maggiore eats. Look at those little “fish fries” as I like to call them.
Local fish stew, so fresh and tasty.
A concert on Isola Maggiore at Sunset with wonderful people!
Skydiving in Arezzo. Scariest, coolest experience.
One last bike ride, this time I made around the whole lake! Thank you electric bike.
Stopped for a bite. Torta al Testo is the local bread. Makes a dang good sang.
Last stop in Italy: Rome.
Enter: Amsterdam. I met up with a friend here on my way back to Germany.
Beautiful canals and one-of-a-kind architecture. Ethiopian food in the ‘dam, I love any cuisine where NOT eating with your hands is unacceptable.
Back in Düsseldorf with my Uncle and family. We rode bikes and then took the fairy across the Rhein to a Biergarten for lunch.
My cousin trying to score a beer, nice try little man.
Liverkäse topped with e generous portion of fried eggs served with lots of bread and a slaw.
And this ends my amazing, inspiring trip in Europe. I shall be back on day.