As you know I’m on vacation, hence my slightly burned shoulders! Even though I’m here for the rest of the week alone with my 2 year old, I still really want to blog and share a bit of life (while he naps!) In case you’re wondering about what the Riviera Romagnola is I’ve explained it a little here.
Even though I’ve been taking a lot (a ridiculous amount, actually) of photos on this trip I haven’t had the chance to upload them, so this post features pictures from last year’s vacation! Not much has changed, aside from my little guy being a older and my updated summer outfits! On Wednesday I’ll try to show you what I’ve been wearing and what I’ve packed. You won’t want to pay much attention to what I’ve packed, however, because I have severely over-packed for this beach getaway and could have brought a lot less stuff. Maybe I should call the post “What NOT to pack for 10 days at the beach”!
These pictures are actually fitting since I’ve had last year on my mind a lot lately. I’m an overly enthusiastic individual, and when I’m on vacation in Romagna I often comment about how happy I am here and what a great vacation it is, only to be met with an expression that says “have you EVER been anywhere else?” or “Are you kidding?” or “Have you been to Sardegna?”
Now that I am accustomed to the Riviera Romagnola I cannot seem to let a year go by without spending some time here. Even though we are also going to Lisbon and Copenhagen this summer (in September I will be POOR!!!) we still managed to find a few hundred Euro so that my son and I could stay at this quaint little 2 star hotel and have this vacation at the sea side.
To me, a vacation in Romagna isn’t about the beauty of the sea, per se, but how COMFORTABLE IT IS! The moment you have kids, vacation going changes. I’ve been on a few trips with my son (trans-Atlantic flights alone to Toronto, 5 rushed days in Berlin, his birthday extravaganza trip to Rome) but I wouldn’t exactly call any of them “relaxing”.
To me, a vacation to the Riviera Romagnola, even though it has brown sand beaches and murky water, is like deciding to go to an all-inclusive hotel with kiddie pool. You know your kids will be happy therefore you are happy.
You go all-inclusive because as a parent it gives you peace of mind knowing there will be something for the kids to do, they will be welcomed, there will be services and food for them and maybe ….JUST MAYBE ….you will be able to relax.
Last year I tried to convince a Roman friend to come to the Riviera Romagnola with his family and vacation with us. Known throughout Italy as the “Poor Man’s Vacation”, he couldn’t bare the thought of a low-brow trip and told me:
My impression of riviera is:Crappy sea, hot dirty sand, screaming child, overcharged low-quality sea food, disco’s lovers, pre-packed defrosted ice cream, no parking zone.So, my question has always been, why? Why do people do this to themselves?
I dont like riviera. Never did, never will!
He isn’t the only one who refuses to come to Romagna. This article, from the BBC’s Danny Mitzman, sums it up perfectly, if people tell you they are vacationing in Romagna they will tell you “with a mixture of pride and embarrassment”!
My response to him was the following email….
A Day in the Life – The Riviera Romagnola
Totally!!! I can’t wait!! This year Zeno will be one of those screaming kids!! I want to take him to the aquarium, and on the baby go karts and to “baby dance”!!
You idiot!!Ok, we will come but only for the cheap jewellery!!
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