We decided to go back to Italy and do some repeats for our last Spring Break in Europe. I didn’t know if we would even be going at all thanks to the problems in Libya. But fortunately, we found out the night before that PJ was ‘on call’. So we headed out for Nove at the crack of dawn to do some last chance pottery shopping. We then headed on to Venice for 3 nights. The weather was to die for. Here are some pics of my gang in Venice, Italy…
After our wonderful time in Venice, we drove to Padua to see the Scrovegni Chapel. There are only 25 people allowed in the chapel at a time, but it was worth the wait. Giotto’s most famous paintings are shown here. It was beautiful.
After the afternoon trip to Padua we headed to the walled Tuscan city, Lucca. We were there last November for the day but the weather was terrible. We decided to try it again. The food and ambience were perfect.
After Lucca we made the windy drive to The Cinque Terre. The five towns on the ocean are unique to anything else I have seen while traveling. I visited the towns while backpacking through Europe back in 1998. Not much has changed since then. We stayed in the town of Vernazza in one of Francamaria apartments right on the main square. Here are some pictures of our mostly sunny stay in the Cinque Terre.
Our last destination on the trip was to Lake Como. We stayed in Varenna at the B & B Albergo del Sole. I had a wonderful birthday in Bellagio, and we spent a full two days relaxing on the lake.
Each time my mom has come to visit us we have taken one side trip. This time she picked Rome. We left the kids behind with Grandma Bea, and had a packed 3 days sight-seeing the amazing city of Roma.
My navigation skills are not the greatest, but with the help of Rick Steves and a few extremely large monuments, we were able to pack in all the great sites. Viva Italia!
A few weeks ago I spent a fabulous week in Tuscany/ Umbria at a cooking school. Our teacher, Faye Hess, was amazing. We learned tons about Italian cooking, techniques, and how to serve awesome full course meals. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested. Here is a link to FayeFood.
Did I mention that besides the abundance of cooking lessons, wine tastings, and touring Tuscany, we also did some shopping? A day in Deruta, oh yeah, and the Prada outlet on the way up. Although I missed my little ones at home immensely, I can’t think of a better way to spend a week with the girls.
Here are some pictures of lovely Tuscany, Umbria, and our cooking extravaganza!
My mom and grandma just left after a great 3 week trip. We took them to Tuscany, Füssen, Ülm, and Christmas Markets. We had so much fun having them here. My grandma is a great baker, so I watched as she made some of her specialties. We cooked Thanksgiving here at the house and had the Kling family over. Everything was gobbled up. I think the pumpkin pie was a big hit with the Kling’s. And they tried Eggnog for the first time. Well, I should say Brigitte tried it, I don’t think anyone else was that adventurous. We love getting the change to share different traditions with our best German friends. It’s been a wonderful experience. Can’t wait for Christmas Eve at their house for fondue and other festive food.
Here are some of the hundreds of family photos while the grandma’s were in town. My mom is an avid scrapbooker so many of the photos were for her.
I really wanted to check out the clothing sales in Milan. We did some shopping, and travelled around the wonderful city of Milan. Is there a city in Italy that isn’t wonderful??
Here are a few pics…
We went to Venice for Carnevale for my husband’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. We had a wonderful time and ate great food! We love Italy. Our kids enjoyed the masked Venetians. Venice is a beautiful city. We plan on going back when the weather gets warmer.