Venice… with kids

In a month filled with travel, our first stop is Venice, Italy.  Most people don’t usually think of the romantic city of Venice as a place to take their kids, especially without the most important piece of the puzzle… your husband!  But this week, I did just that.  The kids had this week off for their spring break and as Josh and I have already been to this beautiful city on our own, I thought it was a good chance to take the kids since he couldn’t take the time off.   Continue reading

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs

There is a song from 1970 called Signs.  It was re-released by Tesla in 1990 which made it famous.  As we were walking through Florence, I couldn’t help but think of the song as we came across some most interesting signs.  What made them stand out even more to me is that I had seen a few of these back in Barcelona, some in fact, right on my street corner!!  I had been curious about them but thought there were just local pranksters playing a joke – but when I saw them in Florence I realized there was likely more to it than that.

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Weekend in Firenze (Florence)

Josh, wonderful guy that he is, surprised me with a trip for our 12 year anniversary back in September. Exhausted from our US and Croatia trips, I was glad that we would get a 6 week reprieve from getting on a plane before heading out to Florence, Italy but excited about our upcoming trip nonetheless as I love Italy!

I can’t say I was looking forward to the 1.5 hour flight to Florence, but I wasn’t feeling as fear stricken as usual.  I’m not sure if that is because I had a few pretty decent flights in recent history or if it was because of the fears my mom overcame to come see me just before our trip, but I was feeling pretty good overall.  Then I Continue reading

From Chocolate and Waffles to Pizza and Pasta…Off to Rome

With literally just one day to unpack, do laundry, do work, go grocery shopping, repack, etc etc etc, I’m back on the road, this time with my girlfriends.  It’s been a while since I’ve had a girls road trip so I’m super excited!  This time it’s with new friends that I haven’t travelled with before which added to the excitement of the trip.  And while it’s a place that I’ve been already (amazing that I’m now starting to do Europe 2.0 in some cases), it’s a place I loved and have no problem revisiting (especially to the tune of 40 euros for the roundtrip flight) – Rome! Continue reading

Two Pukers and a Trip to the ER – Ahhh Vacation

So you already know about puker number 1…that was Liam coming up the hill today getting car sick.  No new news there.  Puker number 2 was Aidan and no, he wasn’t sick.  He’s apparently got mine and Josh’s belly which is the belly that can’t handle anything medically related.  I still think I might be adopted since my mom is an emergency room nurse, I’m obviously not her daughter. Continue reading

How to Achieve Buns of Steel (Our Trip to Positano)

Today we made it to Positano which is on the Amalfi Coast.  Technically Sorrento, which we are staying just outside of, isn’t actually on the Amalfi Coast.  It’s like saying Wareham is on the Cape…it’s just not.  Josh wasn’t aware of this as he thought we were staying on the Amalfi Coast, so I thought I’d share with everyone else.

The road to Positano was no different than the roads we’ve been taking from Naples or to Sorrento – very narrow, very windy with turns that are measured in degrees – a 1st degree turn is a complete 180 degree switchback.  Then we’ve seen ones that are listed as 2nd or 3rd degree.  Regardless, every 50 feet there is another turn and so unless you are a local, you aren’t really going more than 30mph.  Five kilometers took us a good 20 minutes on these roads believe it or not.  And once again, I ring the praise of Josh who took it all in stride and got us to Positano (and everywhere else this trip) safely.

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A City Frozen In Time – Pompeii

Today was one of the highlights of us coming to this part of Italy, a trip to Pompeii.  We decided that rather than risk not finding it without a GPS that we would take the train out of Sorrento and I’m so glad that we did.  The train took us within 50 meters of the entrance to the ruins and it was an easy 35-40 minute ride from Sorrento. Continue reading

Captivating Capri

I’m glad we took the little train yesterday as it took us right down to the port, so when we headed out this morning, we knew exactly where we were going.  And it was so easy – I love it when the morning goes smoothly.  Even better, I love it that Liam didn’t puke on the ferry (remember Greece?) especially since I forgot to bring a puke bag with me for him! Continue reading

Exploring Sorrento

As planned today we headed into Sorrento for the day.  Well, it wasn’t quite a full day, but more of a half day and it was more than enough for the kids who overall were pretty good.  We had a nice and mellow morning with watching movies, reading and just hanging out.

Clouds roll in during the night and then clear slowly as the sun burns them off

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Amalfi Adventure!

Today we set off on another wild Marcus adventure!  Semana Santa (April vacation) is here and so we’re taking the next 6 days to explore the Amalfi Coast in Italy! 

While our flight was uneventful, once we landed things got slightly chaotic and stressful.  Even though we reserved our rental car months ago, they were unable to secure a GPS for us.  How is it possible that we ever survived using (gasp) maps???  We barely made it out of Naples with our marriage intact using the GPS on my iphone and that was certainly with one or two biting words at each other as if one of us actually knew where we were going and was just holding out on the other out of spite.  Thankfully, our marriage has survived the first day of no GPS!!

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