A short night in Milan and then it was off to Modena. Modena is a two hour train ride from Milan. The province of Modena is in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. We stayed in the capital city, also called Modena. It is also known as the 'capital of engines', as this is where the factories of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati are. One of Ferrari's cars, the 360 Modena is named after the town. Modena is also well known in culinary circles for its balsamic vinegar.
Day two was my birthday. I woke up to our hotel room filled with balloons and a 'Happy Birthday' poster. A quick breakfast and off we went, first to a beautiful park with an amazing war memorial.
Next stop was a food market and the search was on for a birthday cake. The markets there are not like the slow food markets back home, it is real, raw and what you see is what you get. The air is heavy with smells of fresh fish, aged cheese and olives.
Another fantastic, authentic lunch followed and this time, some sparkling wine for the birthday celebrations.
We ended the day with another dash to make the train on time and had a pot of Jasmine tea at the restaurant next door to the hotel that,we stayed in for our last night in Italy.
The view from our hotel rooms
Ciao ciao Italy, the next few days will be spent on long flights, reminiscing about our Eurotrip'13.