Monday, July 1, 2013

Euro Trip Part 3: Bologna, Ferrari, & Florence Oh My!

Prepare yourself to witness (in pictures, that is) the most delicious meal we ate on the trip. 

It was that good.  

That's what she said, ha.

Anyways, we hit the road from Venice with the intent to stop in the Bologna area for lunch en route to Florence.  There's all kinds of good stuff going on in the vicinity of Bologna.  Bolognese sauce originated in Bologna, Parma (aka home of parmesan cheese) is near, and Modena which is famous for balsamic vinegar is also close.  Cured meats like prosciutto and salami are a big part of their local food industry.  

We drove up to this place toward the end of lunch time and it was totally empty.  As we wondered if this would be a good (i.e. edible, safe, etc.) place to eat, a guy appeared shirtless from a top floor window and waved us in.  Oh boy, what were we getting ourselves into?!?

A mighty good meal, that's what!  

Our hosts did not speak English, but it still worked out just fine.  They were kind enough to prepare us a sampler of homemade pastas and customize several things on their menu for us.  

But first, the bread.  Mmmmmmmm the bread!

The meats, nom nom nom.

And finally the pasta!  Everything was just delicious!

They loved Eric because he finished everything on his plate and then some.  This action merited a good old fashioned back slap and man hug from our waiter.

Our next stop on the way to Florence was the Ferrari Museum.  Not my favorite, but it was still interesting nonetheless.  Eric loved it.

I can just imagine him thinking "ooh they're all so pretty!"

Interestingly enough, you could pay to test drive Ferrari's around town for varying amounts of time or around a race track for an exorbitant amount of money.  Eric saw the prices and was like "no thank you very much."

We arrived in Florence after some mountainous and crazy city driving.  Our hotel had a great view of the Duomo.

We walked around until it got dark.  The Duomo was gorgeous!

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