I 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