This autumn we’ve had both my, and 416expat’s parents visit. In our experience, visiting parents are an excuse to travel and to get out of London.
With 416expat’s parents we flew to the South of France, explored Carcassonne and even popped over into Spain for a few hours. We stayed via airbnb in a beautiful cottage on a wine estate in Languedoc, France. Our hosts were able to provide recommendations for local markets, restaurants, and gave us a fantastic tasting of their wines.
With my parents we flew into Pisa, Italy, spent an overnight in Lucca, spent a day in Florence, and then bounced around Umbria for a few days before taking a fairly wild drive through the countryside to end up back in Pisa.
My favourite memories for both trips (apart from spending time with our families) are fairly food focused. While in Umbria we ate at a tiny trattoria that appeared to make its hours up as it went but served really flavourful and well paired foods. While in Carcassonne we visited the local market. I could’ve spent hours just exploring the different produce and pastries, let alone watching the crowds of people doing their weekly shop.
All in both trips were lovely and a great opportunity to spend time with both our parents.