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Europe Itinerary: 16 Days in France, Switzerland, & Italy

Europe Itinerary: 16 Days in France, Switzerland, & Italy

Our European Itinerary took a lot of time and planning. Because I had never been to Europe, I had to pare down to the essential stops for a first visit. We settled on a quick, three day visit to Paris, two days in Switzerland, and […]

9 Reasons to Visit Italy

9 Reasons to Visit Italy

Day 17 – Final Day in Rome We took a taxi to the airport. It was an Italian man who drove us, probably in his late twenties, who could speak some English and was very friendly. He asked us both if we’d ever been to […]

Day Trip: Naples & Pompei

Day Trip: Naples & Pompei

Day 16 – Naples & Pompei, Italy We were up at 6 today, picked up by a Trolley, which brought us literally around the block to the tour station. Had we known, we could have easily walked. What’s one block when you’ve spent more than […]

Down-time in Rome

Down-time in Rome

Day 15 – Pantheon, Trevi Fountain We found ourselves with a free day in Rome, as we decided to book a day trip to Pompei for the following day. Strolling to the Pantheon, we marveled at the oldest building in Rome that has been continuously […]

Pope, Coliseum, & Roman Forum

Pope, Coliseum, & Roman Forum

Day 14 – Rome, Italy We got up early today, anxious to catch the Pope at his Papal blessing. We arrived with no problem at 9:45, and found seats on the aisle, easier to sneak out if necessary. It was nice and sunny when we sat […]

Final Stop: Rome, Italy

Final Stop: Rome, Italy

Day 12– Rome, Italy We finally arrived in Rome after spending 2 hours circling one-way streets, desperately trying to figure out where to return our rental car. We eventually found this tiny parking garage on a one-way street, about 5 blocks from the railway station. […]

Tivoli, Italy

Tivoli, Italy

Day 11 – Tivoli, Italy We had some fun on the way to Tivoli, laughing at the road signs. I had to draw pictures of the road signs that we saw so we could remember them. There were hilarious signs in the tunnels, showing a […]

Tuscan Paradise: La Ghiandaia

Tuscan Paradise: La Ghiandaia

SAERTANO, TUSCANY, ITALY :  La Ghiandaia Located in the rolling hills of Saertano, Tuscany, at the foot of Mount Cetona lies La Ghiandaia. The 1,700 year old converted Church now boasts several unique guest rooms in classic Tuscan design. Each morning the owners supplied a […]

The Hills of Tuscany

The Hills of Tuscany

Day 9 – Tuscany: Siena & Montepulciano, Italy Today we slept in a little bit, packed up our things, and grabbed a light breakfast. We weren’t supposed to pick up our rental car until 1 p.m., but in our exhaustion, we decided that we’d skip […]

Dream Destination: Venice

Dream Destination: Venice

Day 6 – Venice, Italy Today we woke up at 7 and got ready to leave Switzerland. After a breakfast of cereal and croissants, we checked out and prepared for our train journey to Venice. The ride was breathtaking from Spiez to Milan. The train […]