From La Spezia we drove northward through the Liguria and western Emilia-Romagna regions, crossing the Appennino chain of mountain that forms Italy’s backbone. It was foggy and rainy earlier in the mornings drive but clearing as the day progressed.
These areas of Italy felt somewhat more similar to the mountain areas of western North Carolina then any other area of Italy we visited. There were no more grape vineyards or olive orchards but other agriculture was still evident.
We saw many very old abandoned buildings as we drove and the conversation drifted to how it would be wonderful to find one to buy and then have the resources to renovate it as a home.
On vacation you give yourself permission to dream and talk of fantasies.
We reached Milan, Italy, later in the day, checked into a hotel and turned in our faithful rental car. Early the next morning we began our flight home.
This marks the end of this series of vacation logs/posts. There will no doubt be other photos posted later from this trip but they will be but small addendum’s.
I’m still in the process of uploading and updating the Gallery with photo’s posted in these blog entries as well as numerous additional photos taken on the trip. This updating process will take some additional time.