Nancy and John in Italy

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Nancy and John in Italy

We are leaving Winnipeg MB. Canada on July 18th 2012 for 3 weeks in Italy.

Europe » Italy » Lazio August 5th 2012

I was not going to blog today but such a weird thing happened today that I cannot help but share...IF for no other reason than to make others aware of what happened to us. It was about 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning and we were walking along Via de Cola de Rienzo headed to Ponte Margherita and the Piazza del Popolo, kind of retracing our steps from our first day. It was warm but there was a nice breeze and there was very little traffic of any kind. We figured that the earlier the better....and OKAY we SMACK of TOURIST! Seriously, we are camera laden, map carrying, English speaking standouts. But in Rome there is a lot of this and frankly, we don't care. We feel pretty confident here now and are able to tell ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania August 4th 2012

The Walk of the Gods/Goddesses.... We walked this epic hike early in the morning on Friday. It was just as its' name would suggest and the description would offer this is a hike--not a walk-- that lasts over 10 kms along a small path carved into the side of a mountain. Some sections are very narrow and if you are not carefully, you may very well find yourself amoungst the Gods' in a literal sense as it is a several thousand foot drop and would probably include bouncing off of a few rocks and trees along the way down. Overcoming fears has long been one of my personal goals. I am not a big fan of heights but I would never let something so obviously illogical hold me back from seeing and experiencing things. That said, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Calabria August 2nd 2012

Last night we ended up skipping mass, there were so many people and it was so hot so we waited for mass to finish then we, like all of the other locals, stormed the food line which was just a random line that everyone butted in on. I think I nearly took out one of the nuns in my quest for a kebab. The food and wine were both free and endless but getting the food was rather an adventure so we had very little of it and then the band began to play and the dancing started. I lucked out and Nona the 93 year old grandmother was my partner! That old gal can cut a rug for sure! She was going great guns even by the time we went to bed. Under the stars ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Amalfi August 1st 2012

We started out at 7:45 a.m. and it was already about 25 degrees...we walked striaght up for 2 hours and 27 minutes. We stopped once for a bathroom break. The views and the challenge became progressively more amazing with each elevation climb. At the top we were over 1000 m above sea level and at the highest walkable point on the Amalfi Coast. IT was breathtakingly our feet the blue-green Mediterranean Sea to our right and below us Positano, and further along the Isle of Capri to our left we could see the coastline near Salerno and all around and below us small villages and other mountain peaks. It was an incredibly demanding hike and I am so proud that John and I did it together and so well! Only 1 other person in our ... read more

Europe » Italy July 31st 2012

I think I left of just as we were about to have our first cooking lesson. This was so fun and such a great learning experience. We started with an antipasto or appetizer of eggplant wrapped in cheese and covered in a marinara sauce--all made with locally grown produce. This was outstanding! Then the 93 year old Nona came to the kitchen and she saw the fuss and she wanted IN! She started to make her own pasta, she rolled it into long slim sticks and then cut small pieces off of this, she then took a butter knife and swiped the pieces to make a shell which she then flipped over her thumb and popped onto a cookie sheet. After watching her very carefully for awhile I asked if I could help make some so ... read more

Europe » Italy July 29th 2012

I can’t even remember when or where I left off with this blog so many things happen and we have had a challenging time with internet access. I think I last wrote a short blog the night before we left Florence and after we had what we both consider one of the best steaks EVER! We are going to try to replicate that steak when we get home but I don’t know if we will be able to, it was divine! The next day we were up and on the train by 9:15. It was my birthday and I opened some cards before we left and we thought of family and friends back home. This is my 5thbirthday on 5 different continents and YES! I can remember each and everyone so very vividly. Nobody knows better ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany July 27th 2012

I have but a few fleeting moments to write something that will capture the heat, beauty, history, complexity, charm and fabulous-ness that is Italy's Tuscany...just come for yourself and if you have been do yourself a small favour buy a bottle of GOOD Chianti region wine...perhaps something that starts with B...(yes, a fortune but so worth it!) and indulge your memory of your own time in this little bit of greatness. These last few days have been really lovely. HOT, but lovely! in Florence, wine school in can a girl complain?SHE CAN'T!!! First of all Florence is quaint, the shopping is GREAT, the art is GREATER and the wine and food are nothing to complain about. But our time at Tuscan Wine school was fantastic--we shrared that with 5 British men about 30 years ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto July 25th 2012

Yesterday we were up early and took the water taxi to the Island of Burano. Here they are known for their lace making and vivid colourful buildings. This place is a photographer’s paradise! It is also a bit of a tricky spot because I wanted to buy a tablecloth here and I wanted a handmade one preferably one with lace. This was a problem as the lace cloths started at 5000 euro’s. YIPES. I did end up buying one with hand embroidery and I am quite pleased with it. We wandered around Burano and enjoyed the sights, had a sandwich for lunch and headed back to Murano. To get to Burano you have to water taxi to Murano, change boats and then you get to Burano. I am very glad that we went because it is ... read more

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia July 23rd 2012

Today I am tired we stayed up WAY too late last night drinking wine and enjoying Venice at night. What a great city. John is still upstairs in bed but here I am in the dining room having coffee and trying to wake up. God knows why? Yesterday was fantastic we just wandered and then around 11 we decided to buy this 36 hour pass for the water busses. So, we went out to Lido, all along the Grand Canal and finally out to Murano. We got off to take photos and gawk a few times but made it a point not consult the map or guide book too much and just enjoy this great place. It was a good decision. Murano Island was interesting we stopped there and watched glass blowers at work. Once place ... read more
Vatican Gardens
Exterior View of Sistine Chapel
John inside St. Peters' Basillica

Europe » Italy » Friuli-Venezia Giulia July 22nd 2012

We were up and out the door just about 8:00 a.m. on this warm Sunday morning. The streets were very quiet and we packed our bags and made our way to the subway and to the Termini, the main train station. We were booked onto a train heading to Venice. I was very excited to get to see some of the Italian countryside. One of the down sides to this place is the upspeakable amounts of grafitti. Aside from the speciall areas of the city the majority of buildings are COVERED in grafitti. It is really disgusting and you have to force yourself to ignore it because it is truly a blight. There is nothing artisitic our beautiful about it in my opinion. In fact it distracts from the environment totally. That said, once out of ... read more

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