My favorite “European” American friend

Claude_Monet_023I have a beautiful friend that I consider to be an excellent source of information for all things European.  She was born and raised in Southern California but studied abroad. She attended a French University and can speak French fluently.  I am in awe of her analytic mind and impressive travel-log.

My dear friend was kind enough to bestow on me a true travel gem.  I am loving the read, Baedeker – ITALY.  The original hand-book written by, Karl Baedeker was published for travelers over 150 years ago.  I have enjoyed all of the fine details of this guide.  I am currently educating myself on the history of Italy, found in the first few pages.  I love this condensed version of valuable information.  I owe her a good read for this precious guide.

I may recommend, The Art of Racing in the Rain. It’s one of my all-time favorite books.  I want her to understand my need to drive in Italy.  She thinks I am crazy for considering driving a Lamborghini while I am there.  Her husband and her have a lot of experience driving all over Europe, they lived there for years.  She explained that I will be a wreck, being concerned about being in a wreck!  The streets in Italy are very narrow and she feels that I should consider renting a scooter instead.

While I listen and learn from those who have gone before me, I am going to do my best to keep an open mind. I am open for ideas that come from experience and love of travel.  I am hoping that my friends continue to share their stories with me and help me grow, even at thirty eight years old.  xo




One thought on “My favorite “European” American friend

  1. I’ve had friends who were hell bent on driving in Italy. Outside of the cities, perhaps, the motorways are not too bad; but in a city like Rome, you’d be far better off on a Vespa! The streets are narrow and there’s no parking ever! Also, Italian drivers don’t believe in traffic rules. Just sayin! Good luck and safe travels!

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