Chapter Wanderlust: Air France AF1429 & AF1018 A320 BLG – CDG – FRA Economy Class

While I guess for most of the tourists, taking a plane is one of the most exciting part of the travelling. I still remember my younger times where I will frequently get so excited the night before and couldn’t fall asleep, simply because I am flying to Bangkok for a family trip. In the past, my family did not have much spending power and we will just take a trip to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. Travelling wasn’t that much of an easy thing way back. This plane ride surely doesn’t fall in that category. Boarding my flight to Paris, and then Frankfurt signify that my time in Europe have comes to an end! What lies in wait is Trip de Americae which is coming right up after I finished this series of Trip Reports. Continuing on where I left in the last post, I was flying out of Bologna airport which have planes just part on the tarmac, meters away from the gates. It is surely a delight to witness the beauty A320 right in front of me with the gigantic engines and the gorgeous Air France livery on it.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Marconi Business Lounge Bologna Airport

Sadly to say, I am on the finishing end of my Chapter Wanderlust, Bologna was my last city in Europe and I am making my way to Frankfurt to meet up with my parents to continue the journey to NEW YORK CITY where I will start my adventures in the states. My last day in Europe was actually a day of travelling. I was flying Air France out of Bologna to Frankfurt, connecting in Paris. I had a airport transfer book by the hotel to get me to Bologna Airport. The ride was comfortable and took about 20 mins. It cost me 18 Euros. Upon reaching the airport, I check in and settled all of my tax refund stuff before heading to the Marconi Business Lounge. Marconi Business Lounge is the only lounge in Bologna Airport and is available to enter with Priority Pass.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Train Travels in Europe – Which High Speed Train is better?

With my previous post sharing on the last city that I have visited in Chapter Wanderlust! It pretty sums up my travel in Europe this time around. 18609KM that I have travelled at the minimum, 6 countries and 22 cities over a period of 44 days. I had fun and chronicles most of my adventures here at Seeing The World In Steps. It made it kind of special that a little guy from Singapore is able to see much more over the horizon while staying in a little red dot. It is time to share some of my personal thoughts and make a little summary of this trip, Chapter Wanderlust. Hopefully it will be helpful if you are planning something similar. I shall start by sharing on the trains product in Europe. Travelling by train is one of the easiest and the advantages in travelling in Europe. I had tried products from Italy, Germany, Austria which are some of the most common ones that you will probably undertake if you are travelling around the region. So this is pretty much a summary of each of them.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Bologna

Bologna is another one of my favourite in Italy, after Rome and Florence it is one of my favourite city in the country. Bologna is the capital and the largest city of Emilia-Romagna region. Known for being a hotspot and the starting ground of gastronomic findings of Italian cuisine, you would also find typical brick terracotta-roofed architecture and porticos, theatre and nightlife. For those who are interested, Bologna is also home to the oldest university in the western world. It is a popular place for students since, it is kind of a balance between a town and a city. It is a city, but not as huge or as expensive like Rome or Milan. The quality of life here is definitely one of the highest in the country. I would say this. If you want to enjoy life, this is the place to be.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Modena

Modena is a little town in the Emilia-Romagna region of  Italy, it is located north of the country and only a 30 mins train ride from Bologna. Modena is a pretty household name in the country, it is not only famous for being the home of a few popular ingredients in Italian Cuisine, it is also the home to motors powerhouse. Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani all got their roots in Modena, which is why the town also have a little nickname as the Land of Motors. Modena is rich and social advance. The place have a high quality of life. For those who are less interested in the cars, perhaps the gastronomical produce might interest you more. The precious Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese or Lambrusco wine are just some examples of it. The town is a good base for exploring such farms and see the making of these great products.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Balsamic Vinegar Production Tour X Acetaia Di Giorgio

Continuing on my food adventures in Modena, right after my visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano factory on the outskirts of the city, I am headed to Acetaia Di Giorgio, where they make the black gold of Italian cuisine. It was located in the city of Modena, perhaps only around a 20 mins walk away from the city centre. I took a cab straight from 4 Madonne Caseificio dell’Emilia and the ride probably took about 10 mins or so. Traffic is not an issue here at all and the cab ride cost 17 Euros. Acetaia Di Giorgio is one of the most famous brands in producing Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP. Acetaia Di Giorgio is a family run business and produce only for the very best chefs in the world and sold in limited qualities. Everything is handmade and monitor for generations in the Barbieri family!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Parmigiano Reggiano Factory Tour X 4 Madonne Caseificio dell’Emilia

Being a foodie myself, I have always been intrigued on the origins of exclusive ingredients have come about. Truffles Hunting? Making of coke? Wine Making? How Jamon is made? And of course cheese! The most famous cheese that all of us probably know of would be the famed Parmigiano Reggiano produced in certain region in Northern Italy! It is more commonly known to us as Parmesan cheese. Not to be afraid, this is not a foodie guide that you are reading at but my visit to a local Parmigiano Reggiano factory in the city of Parma. Without going too deep into the history of Italy, there are a couple of beloved food in the country which are namely, truffles, parma ham, balsamic vinegar and of course the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.img_8521

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