First of all I just want to say happy new year everyone and thanks for reading the blog during 2016. It’s amazing to be able to run this blog.
2016 have been an intense year but I first realized when looking back at it on new years eve. So I though I would summarize it a little bit. And I have an idea of split a deeper review up during the next month.
So 2016 started I started out on my trip to Bali. Which was my first time I spent new year outside of Sweden. Bali was amazing and among the best trips of my life and right now I can see a lot of people posting from Bali on social media and I just want to go back soon again.
However the trip ended and I returned back to work and my home in Oslo. Back home in Oslo i cross country skied as much as I could and when X-games visited Oslo me and friend went and saw the big air competition which where amazing.
During the spring I celebrated my 29th birthday and I did so in Florence, Italy which where great. Don’t think I ever been to a city where I’ve eaten som much great food and been drinking so much great wine and with great I really med GREAT!
Just two weeks after my return to Oslo I went back to Italy. This time I stopped in Milan on the way to Cinque Terra where I hiked for 5 days with beautiful views.
The summer I spent in Sweden as usually together with my family and during the summer my grandpa on mother side past away. But I also had a real nice summer. Most of it by my girlfriend G’s family’s cottage in Dalsland but also on the Swedish West coast that pretty much is Swedish summer to me. I also climbed hiked up the Norwegian mountain Gaustatoppen and meet my mom’s cousins and their children which where about the same age as me.
The autumn has I not written som much about on the blog but where among the biggest changes this year. I got a new job in Sweden that meant that I moved form Norway back home to Sweden again. However, I still travel a lot to Oslo and Norway because my girlfriend G still lives in Oslo. Much of the end of the year have been going to establishing my self back in Sweden. Taking up contact with friends in the area. Started to train lifeguarding again.
It’s been an intense year and I already now know that 2017 might be a even bigger year for me. I will let you know soon what this hint is about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last day in Florence, Italy and today it’s time to leave. Time to go back to Oslo, Norway again after a great trip. Today we’ve (we = me and my girlfriend G) slept in a bit before we had a long slow breakfast and then we packed our bags and checked out.
After that we walked around in the old parts of Flornece and the city center before we went to a piazza and had a great lunch that included both antipasti, pasta and wine and where another great meal. I don’t think any other city I’ve visited so far had so high standard when it comes to food. We took a long lunch so after that we headed back to the hotel in order to pack our bags and headed to the airport.
I really liked Flornece. Have you been to Florence or want to visit it?
Another day in Florence, Italy and Tuscany. And I’ve been out on a wine tour where I’ve visited 3 different wine yards.
All within the Chianti Classico district and with a pro as a guide. Visited 3 wine yards but just remember 2 right now and that is Casa Emma and Casa Solo.Great places and absolutely worth a visit if you’re passing by. The landscape was also something else I can’t really say that is similar to much I ever seen before.
So tasted about 10 different wines on the wine tour and found a few once that I really like and bought to take home to Oslo.
At Casa Emma we also had lunch and that was just the best tomato pasta sauce I’ve ever eaten.
After took a walk down town Florence then we took a shirt siesta before we headed out to have dinner and then we had a drink by the Saint Lorenzzo Chatedral. Another great day in Florence.