Travel day in Italy

So today is time to go home again. This morning I woke up in Levanto and will take the train to Milan for a quick stop before I head back home to Oslo, Norway.

So the first thing was the train to Nilan where I did some shopping  and we had some lunch at the mozzarella bar near the cathedral. I had a pizza and some Chianti Classico wine. 

After that we took the bus to the airport and flew back to Oslo. Great to be back in Oslo again. Summer in Norway and Sweden is also great.

Had a real good trip and really think I would like to go back to Cinque Terra. Have you been there or thinking about?

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Cinque Terra, Day 3

Today is the last entire day in Levanto and Cinque Terra here in Italy. Been an amazing vacation it’s so beautiful here and are th kind of activities that I would like to go back again.

Today’s hike where between Vernazza and Monterosso. Another absolutely stunning hike but it was more narrow and more crowded but still very beautiful. When arriving in Montorosso we stopped for lunch by the sea and after than we took the train back. When we got back we had chilled out on the roof and the we went for a appertivi and some drinks before we had dinner.

Another amazing day today and tomorrow we head back to Oslo.

Cinque Terra, Day 2

Second day waking up in Levanto right outside the first Italian national park which is Cinque Terra National Park.  Read somewhere that it was founded in 1999 that’s pretty late for me as a Swede where the first national park opened in 1909.

However yesterday it was just me and my girlfriend G that where hiking and we hiked between Riomaggiore to Manorola and then to Corniglia. All beautiful places but today the plan is to hike between Corniglia and Vernazza together with G’s family that arrived this morning. And before we leave for the hike it’s time for some lunch.

By the way now the hike is done and added some photos from the day here.

Waking up in Levanto

Today me and G sleept in which where nice can’t remember when that happened last time. But when we woke up we realized that we where in the middle of a thunderstorm with heavy rain so we had to wait it out until we could start the day but as we waited we had a simple but great breakfast. 

We prepared for a day of hiking and as soon as the rain stopped we headed for the door. We bought tickets for the national park and the train for 16 € a day and took the train to the village of Riomaggiore and from ther we hiked to Manorola. The hike was thought than expected but meet so much friendly people along the way that everything about the trip was just amazing. When we arrived in Manorola we where pretty exhausted by the combination of heat, sun and the hike over the mountain so we took pretty much the first restaurant we found. I got a pizza and my girlfriend G took a pasta.

After that we ate some granite which is a kind of Italian ice cream but more as a liquid than gelato.

We then took the bus up to the small village of Volastra and from there we hiked throug wine fields on the steep mountain sides and to the village of Corniglia. The hike took about 1,5 hour and was much easier than the first one but much because the fact that we didn’t hike up the mountainside to Volastra but instead took the bus.

We returned to Levanto and took a swim in the sea before be headed back to the apartment and got ready for the evening. The evening we spent by first having dinner at a pizzeria which we followed up by a walk along the beach and then a visit to a bar for a glass of wine and some snacks.

A fantastic day with amazing views.

Restaurant Review: Napoli1820 in Milan, Italy

Friday night me and my girlfriend G where in Milan for a quick visit. So we went out to dinner. We found Napoli1820 by the channel in the district of Navigli.

The interior of the place is colorful and pretty typical real Italian style. So it’s not a very special experience here but that doesn’t matter because the place you want to be is outside by the channel and where people passes by. Real cosy at the evening and a lovely atmosphere with a lot of real Italians surrounding you which give and authentic feeling.

So how about the food? I had the 1820 primavera pizza and I got to be honest, it’s probably the best pizza I ever eaten in my life and that’s why I can’t give anything less than 5 out of 5 stars. And the staff is great, friendly and just great.

Warmly and deeply recommend this place.

Arrived in Levanto

Now me and my girlfriend G have arrived in Levanto a bit north of cinque terra. We live in the middle of the village of Levanto and just behind the “big” square which I think is called piazza Cavor if I’ve got it right. Still learning. 

So we have gotten our apartment, made a quick visit to around the closest area and bough breakfast for tomorrow and some red wine and Apperol spritz. It’s a real cosy little town. 

We went out for dinner and had gnocchi and lobster and saffran. Good but not a favorite and some white wine from the area. After that we went to a bar and had a glass of red and some snacks where we spent most of the night just talking and looking at all the people passing by. It’s a lot of Italians and not so many other tourists here which made me a bit surprised. So far so good.


Quick stop in Milan, Italy

I’m in Italy again this country that’s one of my favorites to spend my vacation in and travel to. Every time I get here I think that I must learn their beautiful language. Should really do something about it.

However, I’m in Milan and city that me and my girlfriend G are rather familiar with. She studied here for 6 month and for that time she lived in Milan and I’m in Göteborg, Sweden. That meant that I visited here quite a lot when I got the opportunity.

We’re in Milan on our way south towards Cinque Terra (The five villages as I’ve heard it translates into). Arrive late Friday night and stayed in the channel district Navigli. So we had dinner at a place called Napoli1820 which I will review later in the blog because it was a real good place. You get to know more about it then.

We stayed at a hotel near piazza Solari review of that might also come later on. Good hotel.

Saturday we had breakfast at the hotel which where among the best hotel breakfasts I’ve had in Italy and after that we checked out and took a quick visit to the old city center with the Duomo (The Chatedral) and a lot of stores. By the way the Chatedral is so big that it’s claims to have place for 50 000 people that’s as many as it lives in total in the Swedish city of Kungälv where G are from. Pretty amazing.

Then we bought some lunch and took the train towards Levanto where we will stay during our visit.


National Day

Had a great weekend and I’m now back in Oslo. Today’s Swedens national day and my beloved girlfriend G’s birthday. So tonight there will be some celebration back home. I’m looking forward to it. 

I got to say that the Swedish national day is a bit low key compared to a lot of other countries but we had peace for over 200 years and been rather independent for late part of our history. We also known as a counter that helps other people in need.  All good things to be proud of. Since I moved to Norway I also appreciate and love Sweden even more. So happy birthday Sweden.

So it will be some traditional Strawberry cake today which is a lot of summer for me.

Goodbye Grandpa

Yesterday my grandpa passed away and I traveled back home to Sweden to say goodbye and to be with my family. So I sat up until late last night with mom and talked about him. I’ve had a kind of unreal last 24 hours and now I’m on my way back home to Oslo again. Now we wait for the funeral but once again it shows me that we must take care of eachother and the once we love.

Grandpa has very much inspired me to do what I’m doing. We have disused work, engineering, Norway, politics and so much more over the years. I’m lucky to had you as a part of my life. A photo I found in his room yesterday. Today a thing like this means a lot to me. The little boy is me by the way.

Sunday and I’m in the Göteborg area over the weekend. Got to be honest pretty nice to here. It got a special place in my heart. Friday night we (me and my girlfriend G) arrived to Kungälv and had BBQ with her parents which where real nice. Yesterday we visited my home town Kungsbacka and meet up with my dad and his girlfriend and took his new boat out on the the fjord there and dad tried his new fishing equipment and we took a swim and had a classic Swedish fika before we headed back to the main land.

Then me and G drove into here sister K in Göteborg and had dinner and after that we went on the Håkan Hellström concert at Ullevi (Håkan Hellström is among the biggest Swedish artists today and Ullevi is  a big outdoor arena) and we also broke the arena record with 70.000 in the audience. An amazing evening and buggy and now I’ve just woken up in Kungälv and its time to start the day. What did you do yesterday?