I’m off (on my first road trip)!

I'm off!

Today I’m setting off on the first big adventure of this summer: a roadtrip from Spain to Italy! I’m flying out to Barcelona today and we’re going to drive along the French and Italian coast in my friends car, arriving in Milan in a week. I’m excited! We’re camping, which is an adventure in itself, since I’ve never done that before. I can’t wait to sit in the sun and on the beaches all day, explore little French towns, eat all the gelato, take pictures…perfection. Spotify lists are downloaded onto my phone (God bless offline playlists), I’ve bought a new book (Carlos Ruiz Zafon to fit the southern Europe theme) and I wrote down a list of places to visit. Now all I have to do is catch my flight and off we go – see you in a week!

Has anyone of you ever travelled to Barcelona, the Cote d’Azur or the Italian riviera and has any tips to share? Or just roadtrip tips in general?

Picture by Kimberly Richards via Unsplash.


  • Matthew Pike
    June 10, 2015


    Road trip! Have a blast.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Hanna
      June 19, 2015


      Thank you! It was such a great trip :)

  • Nina
    June 16, 2015


    What a nice road trip! I’ve been to Barcelona last year and Milano this year and I loved both cities (maybe Barcelona a little more, but it might be because I had more time to enjoy it!) I hope that you’ll have enough time to see the two cities and some in between because it seems like a big trip in little time to me, but I am the kind of person who likes to spend some time in one place and explore it slowly.

    I guess it’s a little late for Barcelona recommendations, but if you ever get back there you’ll have them : you MUST see the inside of the Sagrada Familia (which is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life), go to the Bocqueria market to eat cheap smoothies and fresh fruits, tortilla, empenadas, ham, and everything else, wander in the Barri Gotic by day (many cute shops near the picasso museum) and by night (the Ciutat Vella neighbourhood is nice too by night), chill in the Ciutadella Park and of course have sangria and tapas (I think that the best area to have some is the Barceloneta district, where every bar looks very authentic, but you could also try the Princessa market, though it is easily overcrowded!)

    As for Milano, I didn’t stayed long enough to have many recomendations, but I suggest you go on the navigli (especially in the evening or weekends), and you’ll find many restaurants that look nice and not too tourist-y there. Around the Colone di San Lorenzo, you’ll find many restaurants and bar and it’s really a nice place to go out at night, with many people (mainly students I think). And also, eat as many ice cream as you can! (my favourite flavours are straciatella, fior di latte and amaretti)

    • Hanna
      June 19, 2015


      Thank you so much anyway, I’m definitely writing all of these down! I actually went into the Sagrada Familia (so breathtaking and definitely worth the money!) and we went to the market (without eating though because we had a huge breakfast). We also had the best tapas of my life, so good! The rest will have to wait for another trip, I really want to go back!

      As for Milano, I didn’t end up going there in the end because there wasn’t enough time – we explored Bergamo though which is right next to the airport and one of the prettiest Italian villages I’ve seen. And of course we had all the pizza, gelato and cappuccino we could fit into our stomachs ;).

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