Exactly one year ago, David and I put our RVs, Stimpy and Ren, in a storage and flew to Bangkok, Thailand. We had just bought a condominium in Bangkok prior to that. Our plan was to live in Bangkok through 2019. David would start the Thai language lessons. We would travel to Europe for a couple of months. We had planned to come back to the U.S. and to resume RVing in early 2020.
The year had come and gone just like that. We returned to Bangkok from the Europe trip last week. Got over the jet lag, more or less. David’s language lessons restarted. It’s time to catch everyone up on where we had been in Switzerland and Italy.
The primary reason for the trip to Europe is to visit our Swiss friends, Bruno and Susan, whom we met while RVing in the Palm Springs area. For many years, Bruno and Susan had been RVing in the U.S. part of the year, but now had sold their RV. Since we might not see them in the U.S. again, we decided to visit them in Switzerland instead. So began our Europe trip.
Where have we visited?
We were in Europe during the months of September and October for a total of 8 weeks. We spent September in Switzerland and October in Italy. I created a map of where we had visited below.
In Switzerland, we were based in the Lake Lucerne area for 3 weeks visiting friends and their family, then traveled with our friends to the Lavaux region of the Vaud wine country. Then we were off by ourselves to Zermatt before continuing on to Italy.
In Italy, we visited Venice, then went to Florence. We did day trips from Florence to Pisa and Siena. We ended our Italy trip in Rome. With our belly full of pizza, pasta, and red wines, we came back to Switzerland one more time to say goodbye to our friends then flew back to Bangkok.
I’ll write about what we did and where we went in later posts. In the meantime, here are snapshots of our trip.
Have you been to Switzerland and/or Italy? What is your most memorable experience?