Liza D'Antonio


Liza D'Antonio

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 20th 2017

We are up early and on a mission to spend an entire day in Venice. We decided that once we park we will find a little cafe, have a pastry and coffee,while pouring over the little tourist map we have. It's so big that we know we have to select a route and then navigate the area. This time we park in the all day garage and when we receive our ticket, the attendant tells us to go to the 9th floor and take our directions from the attendant on that floor. We proceed to the ninth, and when we get there we are told where to park, and to leave our keys in the car and the car unlocked, Anthony expresses concern, and the attendant says that if he has to move the car (we ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » La Spezia June 19th 2017

We pack up and head out of Lerici knowing this is a place we want to return to and spend at least a couple of days enjoying the beach and exploring the castle. We decide to head to Cinque Terre, yet again not having an actual location or address to go to, we simply follow this crazy winding road with Jane the Waze Captain giving us instructions most of the time Anthony vehemently disagrees with "her" and continues to call her names. The roads are narrow, and steep, we miss a turn and disagree on whether to follow Jane as she recalculates or actually attempt a U-Turn in the middle of a mountain road that is at best 1 ½ lanes. Suffice it to say that we wait for a round-about as per Jane's instructions versus ... read more
Lerici 2
La Spezia
La Spezia 4

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Siena June 18th 2017

Waking up in Tuscany, how does one describe what has been described by writers, and poets and dreamers for centuries? I was sure it would be somewhat of a let-down, although arriving at the resort in the early evening the day before was magical. There were no screens on our windows and the air was so fresh and rich smelling, like the earth and cut grass. We fell asleep with the windows open letting the country air breeze across us as we slept, not conditioned air, no forced coolness, just the sounds of the night and pure air. Suddenly at 5 AM I awoke with a start. I could hear the birds chirping away, flying around and was suddenly aware that they could fly right into our room. In a panic I jumped out of bed ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 17th 2017

Up early and heading down to enjoy breakfast with dad and see him off. Today he travels back to Canada and Anthony and I begin our second leg of this epic trip (at least for us it's epic!) From Prague we will fly to Rome and pick up our rental car and then head to Siena, where we are looking forward to a rest and lovely dinner in time to enjoy a Tuscan Sunset. We have loved our time in Prague, definitely come back to this city and explore some more. Miroslav, our new friend and cab driver will be here at 9:30, excited to move on. We have arrived in Rome!! Anthony is in his glory as he can finally understand everyone, his "peeps"! He starts his renewal of his Italian by flirting with the ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 16th 2017

Today was a simple day to explore the alleyways and shops of Old Town Praha. We quite literally spent the day walking around in various circles and eating. Our initial plan had been to go to the castle, but I knew that was not something that Anthony really wanted to do, after all I'm the one that fantasizes about living in a castle. Since it's the beginning of the weekend, we watched as the city came alive, in the middle of the old town square, a HUGE stage was being set up, the amount of tourists had at least doubled. There were teams and school groups everywhere. Street performers were out in droves, and the number of beggars also seemed to double. The weather has been spectacular all week, the sun is shining and it's a ... read more
St Nicholas Church
Prague 2017 06 16
Prague 2017 06 16

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 15th 2017

Today was a little more relaxed, how could it not be?! We had a plan and we managed to execute without feeling like we were on a "mission". We made our way down to breakfast, it's included in the room price, but to be honest, you can only eat so many European hot dogs and half cooked pieces of bacon before wishing there was something else! Nevertheless we muddled through, coffee is always good and for me there are Mimosa's to start the day, and when I'm on vacation that's always a must have. We wanted to visit the "New" Jewish Cemetery, which is where we have plots for both my Grandfather's family and my Grandmother's family. Most of them are not actually here in Prague since they were killed in the Holocaust and never recovered, ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 14th 2017

Today was probably the most difficult for me emotionally, I love history and especially medieval history, so Prague is a perfect fit for me. But today we ventured into the past in a way that I haven't done. I know many people who have and I believe that because I know the stories, I can handle it. I'm strong, I'm rational (most of the time) and I know what I'm walking into, right? Not so much! we hired a driver, the same one who brought us to the hotel from the airport, he has become my dad's number 1 fan, just loves him and his stories. He takes us to Terazine, for those who don't know, Terazine was a work camp during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. ALL Czech Jews were processed through that camp, and ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 13th 2017

Well today we all felt a bit more rested and ready to face the day. The weather has been beautiful and promises to continue to be all week. This morning we headed out to begin our day on a walk through the old Jewish Quarter. Dad was once again the ultimate tour guide, as we made our way through the Old Town Square he talked to Anthony about living there and explained the massive statue even "googling" to make sure he had the dates right! We managed to take our own tour of the old synagogues and learned about their histories. We started in old church just of the square where my father and aunt were baptized in 1937 as my grandfather grew concerned about what he was seeing coming out of Germany. My grandparents made ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 12th 2017

Hello from Prague, We arrived 30 minutes early this morning thanks to the Jet stream, and managed to pull dad away from the lovely and intelligent woman he was sitting beside for 8 hours. We probably managed to to get 3-4 hours sleep which wasn't too bad. We found a cab easily, and made our way to the hotel. Along the way as dad bonded in Czech with the driver, he took a detour and we drove to the apartment building where my dad and his family lived when they returned to Prague from Shanghai in 1946. We all got out of the cab and took pictures, my dad was beaming, he was beyond happy to visit this place and tell us stories about their life and how he and his best friend Gustov got into ... read more
Dad & Anthony bonding
Old Town Square
Astronomical Clock

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