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Summer Road Trip

Long post alert. I may have gotten carried away with the pictures. I have been toying around with posting more on Instagram instead of the blog but I do like adding more context to my pictures so that I have a travel diary of sorts and also I don’t like the pressure that posting “live” on a trip. I like to enjoy my trip and post later. I also realized that I have been taking way less pictures than I used to although it won’t seem like it from this massive photo drop.

Anyhow, for our big summer adventure we drove through the Dolomites up to Germany to our old stomping grounds. It seemed a shame to drive right through the Dolomites and not have a mountain adventure so we spent the weekend at a spa resort and timed it perfectly (read: accidentally) at the time of the Sella Ronda Bike day. On this day they shut down the road to cars and cyclists get to ride some of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world. It was absolutely stunning. We rented electric mountain bikes that weighed at least 50 pounds. They were like riding a Cadillac. So smooth and fun. Ran out of battery on the last 500 meters of the last mountain pass. Luckily, I made it to the top and the rest was downhill, but holy moly was that close. I could have never pedaled that beast up the mountain without the power assist!

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Another one of my bucket list (aka instagram inspired) trips was to Seceda valley. You take a cable car up and hike around this gorgeous alpine valley. We topped it off with a stop at a rifugio serving wine and mountain food with a view. This hike was heavy on the luxury and light on the exertion. We have been taking it pretty easy with our little old man in tow. He still really enjoys the mountains.

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Then we crossed out of Italy for the first time in nearly 16 months. When we moved, I couldn’t have imagined that we wouldn’t leave the country for such an extended period. We had one last Italian mountain meal before crossing the border.

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We made a stop in Bann to visit our friends from Portland who now moved to Germany, Lindsay&John and Kayla&Greg (although Greg hadn’t arrived yet when we took this trip). Then we went to Wittlich for the wedding of our former neighbors. It was so fun to catch up with all of our German friends. We saw a few of Quinn’s former coworkers and also our German partners in crime Silke and Silvan.

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We had planned to do some bike riding in the French alps but the weather was working against us so we headed further south than originally planned. We enjoyed a few days of cycling in the alps and then skeedadled for the coast. We drove along the famed French Riviera back to Italy. Also added a new country to Ethan’s list, Monaco.

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It felt strange to be outside of Italy and experiencing a different culture. It took us some time to adjust to not knowing how everything worked and struggling to read the menu. We have become so accustomed to the Italian way it sometimes felt difficult to figure it all out again. We used to be professional travelers but after COVID, that feels like a lifetime ago. We will find our footing again but it is going to take time. Hope you all enjoyed summer. Winter is upon us but I have some blogs to catch up on before I get back to current time.

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