Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Ah...Venice.  I have had the pleasure of visiting this floating city three times in my life now. I consider to be very lucky to have experienced it so many times.  The canals, the gondoliers, and St. Mark's square are all part of what makes this city so lovely to see.  A major downfall with the city however is the tourism.  It is an extremely touristic city which means it's difficult to find authentic food and local people.  We arrived to Venice on a Monday and stayed until Wednesday which gave us enough time to walk around and show my family the famous sites to see. The only bummer was that the Peggy Guggenheim Museum was closed on Tuesday so we were unable make a stop. However, I was really excited that we were able to find an incredible restaurant with the most amazing food. If I ever make it to Venice a fourth time, we will definitely be eating there again. The thing I love most about Venice is the nighttime. Since there are no cars in the city (the only transportation is on the water), nighttime is so quiet and beautiful.  This is why I find the city incredibly romantic.  It would not be unusual to sit outside late into the night at a cafe, drinking wine and overlooking a canal.   I have even sat on a bridge with friends (maybe more than once) drinking wine and living "una bella vita!"  Salut!

Water taxi

Incredible Lasagna at Enoiteca Mascareta

Beautiful tile floor in St. Mark's Cathedral

Breakfast at Moka Efti Crazy Bar.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Euro Withdrawals

A view of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo

So if you have been checking my blog recently, you may have wondered if I just decided to stay in Europe, buy a olive farm, and drink the local wine day in and day out.  As appealing as that sounds (I would like to own my own olive trees someday) I just have been really bad at keeping up with my posts.  I am now home from our dream wedding and vacation. It could not have been more perfect, and I have plenty of pictures to share and stories to tell. I can't wait to tell you about all of our fun memories, so thanks for your patience as I get back to reality and catch up with life.  In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures that just can't wait.

A gondolier doing sudoku

A beautiful rose flower wall in Florence

I miss the caprese so much!