Italy, Day 12: We go home

14 Jul

We just got back from a eleven day trip to Italy. I’ll be posting my travel journal entry, along with photos from each day.

Rome at 6am

Rome at 6am

Rome at 6am

Rome at 6am

Rome was quiet at 6am!

Rome was quiet at 6am!

Our driver picked us up at 6:30AM and took us to the airport for a 9:30AM flight. It was sad to say goodbye to Italy (so sad I almost cried!) Kirk on the way to the airport Continue reading

Italy, Day 11: Our Last Day – Florence and Rome

14 Jul

We just got back from a eleven day trip to Italy. I’ll be posting my travel journal entry, along with photos from each day.

We woke up in our palatial room and packed up our bags (entirely too soon, we thought!) Flowers at Breakfast Our Breakfast RoomWe grabbed breakfast at our hotel in a ballroom (!) then checked out and left our bags at the hotel and set out to do a little site seeing before our fast train back to Rome.

Cannoli Gilli Gilli Storefront Jessica at GilliWe set out for the Duomo, but got distracted by a fancy candy and sandwich shop called Gilli, so we went in and had a cannoli and espresso (today is the last day to eat sweets before noon, so we’d better make it count!)

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Italy, Day Ten: Florence

8 Jul

We just got back from a eleven day trip to Italy. I’ll be posting my travel journal entry, along with photos from each day.

What a day! It started around 6:15 when we got up, got our innkeeper out of bed at 7:25 (yes, we had told them we needed an early check out, but it apparently didn’t take). After refusing multiple offers of more breakfast, we hiked back up to our car and headed out to Florence. We were on a tight timeline and were already 20 minutes late! By the time we dropped the car off in Florence (after putting 3/4 of a tank of diesel in for 70 euros!) We were 45 minutes behind schedule to get to our reservation at the Accademia Gallery to see the David.

We grabbed our bags, hustled to our hotel, Palazzo Guadagni, to drop them off (got all the way through the check-in process with an old guy who was very slow and couldn’t really speak English) raced across town, ended up getting to the museum 15 minutes late, only to find the most disorganized, lackadaisical non-system ever! By now, we should’ve known… we’re in Italy after all! We waited in line to pick up our actual tickets, and then in another line to get in, all while almost an hour past our reservation.

The AccademiaFinally we got in and went straight to the David—just as amazing as pictures make his seem, and BIG! They have this cool fiber optics system that is monitoring all the cracks and measuring strain, especial in his right leg. After that, we breezed through the medieval wall panels and sculptures hall. Itty Bitty Cannoli! Continue reading

Italy, Day Nine: Cinque Terre

5 Jul

We just got back from a eleven day trip to Italy. I’ll be posting my travel journal entry, along with photos from each day.

Hello from rainy Cinque Terre!

BreakfastAwoke to more thunderstorms this AM… snuggled up on the couch for some freshly delivered croissants and focaccia (and a loaf of unsalted bread, which we’ve learned not to eat!) I found some nutella, read my book, and tried not to be too disappointed by the rain on my only full day in Cinque Terre! Around 10 it started clearing off so we hopped on the train to Corniglia (successfully this time!). Continue reading

First tomato of the season

4 Jul

20130704-104157.jpg (not the first aperol spritz of the season, though.)

Italy, Day Eight: Tuscany to Cinque Terre

29 Jun

We just got back from a eleven day trip to Italy. I’ll be posting my travel journal entry, along with photos from each day.

The sun was finally out in Tuscany, so of course, we left!

The day started out rainy, though, of course. So rainy that there was thunder so loud it sent me running back to bed and hiding under the covers! Needless to say, Charlie, the house dog, didn’t like it much either.

Leaving Tuscany Breakfast at Villa Fontelunga VillaFontelunga Villa Fontelunga View from Villa Fontelunga View from Villa Fontelunga Continue reading

Italy, Day Seven: Tuscany

23 Jun

We just got back from a eleven day trip to Italy. I’ll be posting my travel journal entry, along with photos from each day.

Kirk braving the coldWe took the morning off! Kirk got us breakfast in bed, and is downstairs now, braving the cold to do a couple of laps in the pool. I am keeping warm and snuggly in my bed, writing and reading.

Tuscan CountrysideI took a (very muddy!) hike through the countryside behind the villa, and then we got our day started.

Around noon, we headed for Cortona, a walled city that is very well preserved and is about 30 minutes away from our hotel. Il Teatro Continue reading

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