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[19 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tuscany Unexpected

This past weekend we were supposed to do Denmark. Laura has two grants with the university there and needed to go to a meeting – so we were all going to go, to see what’s up with Denmark. Apparently there is nothing fishy there, everyone eats nachos. But we didn’t get to find that out for ourselves.

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[15 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tuscany

Laura has done it again with another fantastic find for staying in far away places.

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[14 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
How Garbage Trucks Reproduce

Here is a picture taken of garbage trucks doing their business in their natural environment, or should I say, Ambiente naturale – as this picture was taken outside the Pitti Palace, Florence Italy.

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[8 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Power of Bargaining

Addie tried to test her bargaining skills for a “Gucci” purse with a vendor near the base of the bridge ponte vecchio. It only took a moment and the guy tried to give it to her for free!
She was so blown away by that, she put it back down and left it.
With great powers comes great responsibilities.

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[7 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Traveling Can Hurt

It doesn’t take much walking for a 5 1/2 year old to feel the pain of walking so much. We are in Florence and trying to enjoy everything. Well. Most of us.

Addie, Griffin, Italy, Louie »

[20 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
We’re back and new pup.

We’ve been back from Italy about two weeks and are still trying to get it all together. It’s a big transition that I’ve made even more challenging by trying to get a new dog.
I dragged the kids down to the Franklin County Animal Shelter where we adopted a 2 year old Shepherd mix. We tried. We even extended her name from Princess to Princess Kelly Rocket Shoes. But she had some emotional problems I couldn’t overcome and it was a horrible afternoon that I took her back to the shelter …

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[9 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Last Day. Not!

Last night was to be our last night in Italy and the kids got gelato. Today we woke up very early to catch our taxi to the airport, and arrived early only to find out that our flight was canceled. Ironic, isnt it, if you remember that our flight to Italy was canceled. The reason for the cancellation this time is the ash cloud from the Volcano that cant be named, because no one can pronounce it.
At the airport we reserved a flight to Paris to leave this afternoon, and …

Addie, Griffin, Italy, Laura »

[27 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Tuscany!

Warning – long post ahead.
This last weekend we travelled south to Tuscany! Despite the trip’s beginning, the end turned out well.
We left Bologna on a dreary note, namely rain. It was soured further by a poor experience renting a car from Eurocar – I advise finding someplace else to rent a car from. Eurocar was costly and the man who “helped” us was discourteous and unkind. To top it off, driving out of Bologna left us fearing for our lives as we interacted with Italian drivers. The whole morning …

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[18 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
Venice Again

There are times when I regret taking my own advice.
After my last venture to Venice, two years ago, I suggested to my readers that there were too many bridges with too many stairs to make bringing a stroller worth it. At every bridge we had to carry the stroller and the child up and over.
That advice was made when I had a child who weighed half of what he does today, and couldn’t run nearly as fast. Believe me, a fearless 40 lb three-year-old, surrounded by murky, green water (and …

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[15 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Climbing the Tower

As if this week wasn’t exciting enough, what with LJ’s race and our leaving for Venice tomorrow, we went and visited the Towers of Bologna.
You can see from the picture that there are two main towers, one larger in the back, the other leaning dangerously to one side. We climbed the one in the back. There are actually many more towers than these in Bologna, but these are the two for the tourists and one of them you can climb.
An interesting thing about Bologna is that there are many …