Marketman & family heads to Europe!!! In a few days, Marketman, Mrs. Marketman & the Kid head off to Europe for a few weeks of vacationâ€¦ I have been working madly lately, writing up about 20 posts for programmed releases while I am away so that you will all still have something to read and amuse yourselves. However, my comments might be fewer and farther between as I am not sure what my internet access will be like during the trip. At any rate, Marketman & family seek your help, advice, counsel, insider chismis, black book, thoughts and suggestions that might make our trip a little more memorableâ€¦
Our itinerary includes a few days in Amsterdam for the Queenâ€™s birthday (no silly, we were not invited to her party), onto Barcelona for a week (where the restaurant El Bulli is impossible to get into as reservations for this month were made over a year ago, they said!), then Florence and the surrounding Tuscan towns and onto Rome before flying back to Manila. We are going to see the sights (what with a 10 year old in tow), some museums and just simply walk around and take in the city life to recharge batteries and experience something new. Of course Marketman will hit some markets, food stores, etc. and record what strikes me as being unusual and worthy of a postâ€¦ We are staying in apartments in several of the cities precisely so we can buy local food and possibly cook simple meals (and RICE once in a while!)to save on expensesâ€¦ As much as one part of me would have a gourmet meal at every turn, the nosebleed prices in Europe means we are doing more of a market type tour…if you know what I mean.
This is a relatively low budget tripâ€¦so any advice you guys might have about reasonable restaurants, food stores, pizza joints, fruit stalls, markets to visit, etc. would be seriously APPRECIATED! We will probably not be able to do even a fraction of all of your suggestions but it would be interesting to hear from you all nonetheless. Please leave a comment if you think you can help us with suggestionsâ€¦ Many thanks in advance!