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Honeymooning in Nice

Nice is a popular destination for honeymooners. The views are gorgeous, the beach is alluring, the food is delicious and the shopping is so very French. So it’s not surprising that a few of the people we have met along the way mentioned that they were stopping in Nice as part of their honeymoon. We met a fantastic young newlywed couple from Canada living across the hall from us in our airbnb apartment. It was wonderful to speak English and we enjoyed gushing about various wedding/love stories.

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Tapas in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

I love tripadvisor.  Most of the stuff on there is all about which sights and tourist destinations are the best (and I don’t need 4000 reviewers to tell me that I should go see the #1 tourist sight), but the pages filled with restaurant reviews paid off for us big time.  Our first day in Barcelona landed us at Le Pepita — even as I type this my stomach is growling for more.  It was a gourmet take on traditional tapas, since we had no idea what the Catalan menu was describing we asked our server for suggestions.  To start we had beef tartar, some kind of goat cheese fritter, and raw sea bass on a bed of arugula drenched in pesto and sweet balsamic topped with a slice of a strawberry.  I won’t bore you with more details but I have never so happily munched on raw meat before.

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Firenze

Bridge over the river in Florence

Bridge over the river in Florence

The statue of David was the driving force behind our visit to Florence.  After a delicious breakfast (courtesy of my lovely husband) we all piled into the cars for a road trip.  Brian and I chose to follow the Rhoads’ in our little smart car and I must say, following Randy made the driving experience much more enjoyable than our solo attempt at navigation.  Our first stop in Florence was a gelato stand, I had mento and Brian had fragola (strawberry).  Once we had some sugar in our blood we bounded along the cobbled streets for a few kilometers taking in the new city.

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Murano, Burano and Torcello

BuranoDay two in Venice we waterbused to Murano – the island famous for glass blowing.  There were some seriously cool things made out of glass, we bought a small blue and white bowl.  Some shops were more like museums and even charged a cover fee just to enter.  It wasn’t just the shops that had cover charges, though, many of the restaurants charged 1.5-6 Euros just to sit down.  Dinners got to be fairly expensive for just pasta (and wine).  I was brave and tried cuttlefish, cooked in it’s own black ink.

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