Back in September, I gave myself a very nice birthday gift: a night at my favourite place – Henne Kirkeby Kro. The dinner was amazing, the room was beautiful, and the breakfast divine. I miss it.
Archive for January, 2014
On our last morning in Italy, we went for a walk. First around the little town of Sirolo, where we had been staying at Locanda Rocco, which was great. Giorgio made us feel super welcome, and the hotel breakfast was great!
The gorgeous Ilaria, president of Instagramers Italia.
Then we went for a walk around Numana, this time in the sunshine. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to Italy and Marche. Goodbye to the lovely people, the amazing food, wonderful views and historic little seaside towns.
Marche was wonderful (not that I thought it would be anything less), and I’m really happy to have gotten the opportunity to go. Hopefully I get the chance to go back as soon as possible – preferably in the summer! Would love to see my new friends again, @ilarysgril and @nadiastachy (and, of course, Alecetto), and everyone else who showed us such a good time.
After the hike at Monte Conero we had, perhaps, the most epic lunch in the history of mankind at Ristorante 30 Nodi directly on the beach in Numana. A feast worthy of kings and queens by and from the sea. Everything was amazing.
On our second morning we awoke in Sirolo, and had the great pleasure of a bit of sunshine and a little hike up Monte Conero to Passo del Lupo. From the pass we had an incredible view of the Conero coast and the Due Sorelle (two sisters), although if the sky had been clearer I’m sure we would have had an even more spectacular view. We hung out of a while, took a crap load of photos and joked around. It was a really wonderful morning! After the little hike we were in desperate need of some lunch. Stay tuned for that, it was pretty spectacular!
After spending the morning in Senigallia we drove to the mountains. Incredible views of the hills and mountainsides, and random caves just popping up on the side of the road. Obviously we had to stop every ten minutes or so!
Our first destination was Genga and lunch at Hotel Le Grotte. Like pretty much everything we had to eat on this trip, it was delicous and way too much! I couldn’t even finish all the courses. The hotel also has a spa and wellness center, and some pretty amazing views from the rooms! Wish we could have stayed there for the night.
Then we had a little walk around the wonderfully charming city of Fabriano. It was one of the first places in Europe to introduce paper-making on an industrial scale! We visited the Paper & Watermark Museum, which was pretty amazing. Our guide, Roberto (not pictured), was perfect, just like paper-making master, Roberto (pictured above), who helped us make our own piece of watermarked paper – the old school way (hey – remember years ago when I did that in school?).
We drove from Fabriano back to Genga to visit the Frasassi Caves (Grotte di Frasassi), which is the craziest place I’ve seen in my life. I know there are kast caves all over the world, but this was my first, and it was incredibly overwhelming. Just walking into the depths of a mountain is pretty scary, but standing in the biggest of the rooms – with over 130m to the highest point of the ceiling – and just looking up at these weird, living rock formations made me almost panic. My heart was racing the entire time we were in there. Everything was HUGE. Everything was WEIRD. Everything was just other worldly, and I kept thinking orcs or a dragon would be coming out from around the dark corners. The earth is pretty magical, you guys. Our guide, Kelly, was amazing and had the best stories – also amazed that she waited three hours past closing time for us to even get there, because we were so behind schedule! Thank you for everything, Kelly!
We ended the day with a wine tasting at Luchetti – from the verdicchio to the lacrima: I liked them all! And I’ll never get tired of just eating bread with olive oil, ham and cheese – I could live on this stuff, I swear.
That concludes the first day of exploring Marche! Stay tuned for more…