two people, one dog, and one baby figuring out life in Hawaii

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Well we began our trip in DC at Christine's wedding, but since we were both part of the nuptials, we did not get many photos. However, it was a BEAUTIFUL weekend, and the two of us are so happy for Jason and Christine!

Then we took a flight from DC to Toronto to Dusseldorf and finished in Milan, Italy. Although we arrived in Milan on time and ready to explore, my bag did not. My bag actually never arrived and had decided it wanted to stay in Toronto. I actually picked up the bag in Corpus this past Friday with all of my belongings having been gone through in order to try to identify the bag.

We arrived and took the train to Milan proper and found our hotel. We did a little exploring and a little shopping to get me some duds and a tooth brush (Cars 2 to be exact).

The next day we took a bus tour around Milan and saw the Last Supper, the Opera House, a Castle and the Duomo in Milan.


That evening we found our way to the canals in Milan for some heavy appetizers and happy hour.

Then we hit up Grom's for some delicious gelato! One of many a gelato eaten!

We took a train to Florence and explored the Medici Chapel, found the Medici Palace and Pitti Palace, and took a climb to the top of the Duomo. I nearly died of tight spaces and lots of steps.

This required more gelato and a walk around town to see the shops and the river.

We then took a train to Rome which was probably the highlight of the trip for us!
First we saw the Colosseum! We took an audio tour and just got lost in the history and were fascinated to know that famous Romans sat there and ordered gladiators to fight to the death.

We then walked around the Forum where Caesar was sentenced to death and where he walked as he was emperor!

We the treked over to the Pantheon to round out our historical day!

The next day we walked the Vatican seeing the Sistine Chapel and toured St. Peter's Basillica. Both of which were fascinating. The Vatican was a little overwhelming as there is a pathway to get to the Sistine Chapel that gets a little packed with tourists.

We then took a train to see Pompeii in all of its glory! Roads, homes, pizzareias, baths, theaters, crosswalks, the forum, etc. It made my 8th grade Latin learning dreams come true!

We then spent our last day in Sorrento sitting by the pool. We did have a few snafus with a bus boycott and a train boycott, but all in the name of a good time!

It was a great trip to Italy despite learning to wash and dry clothing in a hotel bathroom (Joe Buchanan is so proud) and having minimal toiletries.

We were excited to get back though because some little puppy missed us despite getting to be with her favorite Uncle Paul for two weeks :)


Beth said...

AWESOME!! Looks like an amazing trip!! :) Would love to come sit on your new sofa and hear all about it in person! Love and miss ya'!

the bee said...

pretty pictures! you didn't happen to bring home a suitcase full of gelato for the rest of us, did you?

carolyn said...

could relate to many of the beautiful places that you visited, but oh my....I could almost taste that gelato...nothing in the US compares to the real stuff...that and the Italian wines without the sulfites...dangerous to drink because they are so good...happy you had a great time especially with your limited wardrobe. You are such a trooper, Molly.