I am married to Paolo, a native of Piedmont, which adds a dimension of deep knowledge of a country, its past and its customs. Inspite of this, I've been trying to understand how in two weeks on a limited budget, we saw and learnt so much, met so many people and understood so much about regional food and wines. My conclusion is:
- forward planning and research is so efficient using the internet
- using AirBnB e.g. staying in flats in people's homes transforms Continental travel, adding a deeper, richer aspect - that of real relationships.
- using AirBnB opens up the possibility of readjusting plans, along the way.
The final key is the satellite navigator. Without a 'sat nav', we would never have found AirBnB hosts who lived in small French villages, too small to be on maps. It opened up lovely rural France, which can be an intimidatingly empty, if beautiful huge space, in August. Our whole story, with photos, is told here. At the end is guidance on Piedmontese wines and desserts.