Sunday, January 6, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We are back from Italy! We didn't have internet at the house we were staying at in Rome so we weren't able to update or post any pictures on our blog. Sorry about that to all those I told "Just check out blog. We'll put up a ton of pictures." Tony will have to sort through the millions of pictures to pick the good ones and will post them later on. So stay tuned for pictures.

We are glad to be home even though we had a good time in Italy. For me, it was a learning experience about Tony's family and how they all work as a family. With them living in Dubai and Paris I've never really spent an extended period time of them not to mention 24/7. I definitely had fun though, through all the frustrating times were it seemed impossible that all 10 of us were going to be able to do the same thing, eat at the same time, or whatever the task may be.

For those who don't know, we spent about 3 days in Florence and 7 days in Rome. While in Florence, we went sightseeing, saw THE David (by Michelangelo), went on a walking tour where we learned a lot about the history of Florence, on a wine tour through Tuscany's Chianti country, and ate at some good restaurants. We also took a half day trip to Pisa and saw the Leaning Tower. That's pretty much all there is to do is Pisa, so after that, we left. Oh, I forgot...while in Florence, Tony didn't even has any of his luggage. Lovely Air France left his luggage in Paris and it took them 3 days to get it to Rome. Tony finally had to break down and buy some clothes after day 2 when his clothes started stinking. Just kidding honey!

Our next stop was Rome. We took the train from Florence to Rome and stopped back by the airport to pick up Tony's bags and the rental cars. Then we drove out to the rental villa outside of Rome (about 30 minutes if you don't get lost). We did a lot of sightseeing in Rome and we also went to Pompeii and Herculaneum near Naples. Highlights included: the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and millions of churches, to name a few things! We also did some exploring around the little town where our rental villa was and ended up finding a cool castle at the top of a hill. We met up with Tony's sister's family in Rome. She has 2 little ones, Gab (3) & Louise (almost 1 1/2). We had lots of fun playing with Gab and chasing after Louise since she just started walking. They have got to be two of the cutest little kids I know!

We also managed to go running twice which was a really nice break to get out of the house and outside exercising. We ran a pretty hilly course and got to see more of the Italian countryside and enjoyed the cool air.

We will write more about the trip and post pictures soon, I promise!

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