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Birds’ Nests Cookies

Chinese Proverb: “You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.” Our Take: “You cannot prevent the birds of Siena, Italy from passing over your head, nor can you prevent their making a mess in your …

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For those of you who lack the patience to click through the linked slideshows below (like myself), I’m going to post a few of my favorite pictures directly to the blog. They won’t be chronological at all, so you’ll just have to deal.

Day 19 :: Milan to Nashville

11 hours in a single plane is a long time. We’re about halfway through right now. Ugh. And the lunch? The one that has yet to come? It is PIZZA.

Home At Last

I can’t offer much in the way of witty messages, but I did want to let everyone know that we’re home and healthy. Special thanks go out to the Kirks, Garners, and Hickmans who tended to the garden, and to Uncool Brian, who snuck in and left some fruit and …

Day 18 :: Montinelle to Milan

Getting back to the United States from Italy is not a trivial manner. In some sense, it takes two full days. We started the process by checking out of La Filanda at 10am on Day 18. We had originally chosen to come to Lake Garda based on a recommendation from …

Pictures…

I have some connectivity tonight, so I uploaded a bunch of pictures… I have posted several blog posts below (on the right dates) if you’re interested. If you just want to see pictures, though, go here.

Day 17 :: Montinelle

Lake Garda offers many options… we could have hopped into a car and explored the far reaches of this marvelous lake. BUT, the time has come for relaxing and indulging our children’s desires before our own. That meant we need to go play rather than exploring. We headed back to …

Day 16 :: Montinelle

We got lucky indeed. La Filanda is treating us well (with the exception of more bug bites like we got in Venice). Our place is excellent. No mold, plenty of room, people who aim to please us. It’s a good combination. And, to this point, we’ve seen no one else …

Day 15 :: Venice to Montinelle (La Filanda)

The fish market at Rialto isn’t open until Tuesday, so we had to head over and catch a few looks at some obscure fish. Not a bad way to start the day, and we checked out flounder, octopus, scallops, and plenty of other obscure fish. The tuna were noteworthy in …

Day 14 :: Venice

So, Jenn and I spent some time planning this day the night before and concluded the following… we were pretty well done with Venice. NOTE: If you don’t want to read negative thoughts, skip this post. I am going to speak freely about Venice as compared to other places we’re …