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Indecision 2009: Things are shaping up

I don't know about you guys but after February Blogging I was exhausted! I have only written a few blog posts since then. Anyway, my Italy plans are shaping up. Some things have changed: We are no longer going to Salzburg, as J.'s friend has to travel that weekend. We will probably go to Munich instead and visit other friends there.

I also realized that renting a car in one country and dropping it off in another is expensive! So to save some money, we might pick up the car in Bologna on Tuesday morning, use it until Friday, drop it off in Bolzano, and take the train from Bolzano to Munich. That will give us 3-4 days of driving around and exploring, while still dropping the car off within Italy. I am reading lots of interesting posts on Slow Talk about the Trentino/Alto-Adige area and it sounds and looks gorgeous. It seems OK not to have reservations there, especially since it will be mid-week. It will be fun to hunt for cute places to stay! I also think it is funny that J. speaks German and I speak Italian - will he be treated better??

J. wants to see a soccer game in Italy, most likely it will be the Bologna-Reggina game in Bologna. Here is the schedule for Serie A for the month of May. We are also considering a day trip to Parma from Bologna.

I don't know why planning for a trip to Italy is so special - maybe because there are so many resources and opinions out there - but even though I have had fantastic vacations over the last five years (Brazil!), this trip planning is more fun than any trip I have planned in a long time! And since I am enjoying the planning, I really feel I am getting more for my money as far as the trip goes.

Comments (9)

Chiocciola,
I feel the same way about Italy planning. Even though I am planning a trip to Thailand, it is fun, but not the same. I think you are right about having so many opinions and resources, and this definitely helps with the expenses too.
I am sure your trip will be great, I can't wait to read more about your plans and the actual trip.

Too bad you won't get to go to Salzburg. It is beautiful. I hear Munich is fun though. Haven't been yet except for the Munich Airport.

The Trentino/Alto-Adige area is beautiful. I need to go back one day to spend more time there. I loved Trento. Bolzano is nice also (more German though). Good catch on saving money dropping the car off in Bolzano. A soccer game and daytrip to Parma should be fun.

Sounds like you are set to go. I am so excited for you!!

I forgot to say that I have been really wiped out this year from FEB blogging. I am still behind catching up with everyone.

So glad to hear that you're having so much fun! I'll be curious to see how you like Trentino/Alto-Adige - I've read lots of raves about that area, in particular about the food.

sandrac:

This is looking like a great plan, I'm anxious to hear what you think of the Trentino/Alto-Adige region. It looks so beautiful in photos.

I've visited Munich and found it pretty interesting, although I have to say I prefer Berlin. But it can be expensive and would definitely be out of your way!

Thanks guys, I'll definitely report back on the Trentino/Alto-Adige area.

Looks like a beautiful area...I love reading your blog! Always an adventure or an interesting plan in the works. :-)

Palma:

Your trip is shaping up nicely! Can't wait to hear about Lecce!

Barb Cabot:

Chiocciola, I am looking forward to following all of your travels. The count down is starting. So excited for you.

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