Updated with additional events 12.08.2016
The holidays are here and there are a ton of fun events around the bay area to help get you in the mood. Here is a roundup of some of the month’s highlights:
Puglia & Basilicata were not on my wanderlust wishlist, mostly because I didn’t know much about it, until Mr. H was asked to give a talk there. If you think about Italy in the shape of a boot, Puglia is the region of Italy that is the “bootheel” (ie. the eastern coast of southern Italy); Basilicata is the “instep” (ie. inland southern Italy). Puglia & Basilicata do not have the famous sites that some of the other areas of Italy have, so is a lot less touristed than the rest of Italy, which is exactly why it is so wonderful. With scenic cobblestone lined historic centers in every town, wine that is cheaper than water (no, really!), AMAZING Italian food, and beautiful Mediterranean beaches, Puglia/Basilicata is well worth the visit. Here are the top reasons why you should add Puglia and Basilicata, Italy to your Wanderlust wish list:
We love traveling with our kids, it is a lot of work, but still, both Mr. H and I genuinely enjoy taking our kids to new places (crazy, right?!). For this reason, we hadn’t really talked about taking any trips without kids, that is, until we were presented with the option. Mr. H was asked to go to Italy to give a talk, his and a companion’s airfare and hotel covered. Who doesn’t jump at the chance to go to Italy on someone else’s dime?! So we started talking about it, would we bring the kids? Could Big D miss school? How could we make it work? We hadn’t left the kids with anyone for more than a night, so we weren’t sure that was even an option. Unexpectedly Grandma Hope offered to watch the little ones so we could go on our own. “Yes, that sounds amazing, thank you so much!” And this is how our first post-kids, no kids trip was planned.
It was first in college that I heard about Cinque Terre and added it to my unofficial wanderlust wish list. With the stunning views, great hiking, and incredible food, it sounded amazing. It was not until almost 15 years later that I actually made it there. It was, what inspired me to start this blog in the first place. With my second maternity leave ahead of me, and a conveniently timed work event in Milan for Mr. H, we decided to take our first vacation as a family of four [Big D, then 3YO and Tater Tot, then 6WKs old]. We first went to Milan and then found our way down the western coast of Italy to the fabled villages of Cinque Terre. Here is what you need to know to travel to Cinque Terre, Italy with kids.