Nov. 1st – Tuscany with Nona

Waking up early we headed to Hertz…again. We should definitely be a Gold Member by now, or something of the sort…Hertz rapidly becoming our most convenient, favorite and most importantly cheapest rental car company in Europe. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, the rental car place in Siena was not open on this day (why…who…

Oct. 29th – The Arrival of the Nona!

The Nona has arrived. We woke up at 5:30 and headed to the metro and then on to the train station. Then onto the Leonardo Express from the train station to the airport. We found Nona and whisked her back to the apartment. Wasting no time and keeping Nona up to adjust for the Euro…

Oct. 30th – Rome Ancora – (Vini, Vidi, Vici Take II)

Vini, Vidi, Vici. We came. We saw. We conquered. After breakfast we decided to take the metro to the Spanish Steps. CHECK. After that we went to the train station to switch over and then head to the Coliseum. The metro train was broken so we grabbed our tickets for the next day to Florence…

Oct. 27th – 28th Roman Haircuts & The Villa Borghese

The next day we went to the Villa Borghese once again and ran the kids. And I mean ran the mess out of them, they had an awesome nap. After the nap, we found a barber right around the corner, after a recommendation from one of our neighbors. Mike got to brush up on his…

Oct. 25th – Rome (Vini, Vidi, Vici)

Rome – Vini, Vidi, Vici (we came, we saw, we conquered)..and that’s an understatement. We woke up, had a great homemade breakfast and then trekked out to the Coliseum, Palantine Hill, and the Roman Forum. TRAVEL TIP: Skip the crazy long line for the coliseum and go to Palantine Hill. Get you ticket and then…

Oct. 26th – Ciao Aunt Jamie

We dropped Jamie off at the airport. Sienna was crying-she didn’t want her Aunt Jamie to leave. Luckily she made her flight but we were cutting it close. Apparently, Europe goes on daylight savings time a week before America. News to us, and although we technically gained an hour, it somehow messed us up for…

Oct. 24th – Siena to Rome

On to Rome! We woke up with sadness in our hearts that we had to once again leave Il Canto del Sole. Luckily, we would be back in less than 2 weeks with Nona. We got up, had another excellent breakfast, chatted with Laura and Luciano and then headed to Rome after dropping off the…

Oct. 23rd – Daydreaming in Tuscany!

We woke up a little later that expected but who cares! We were in Italy! Tuscany of all places. We meandered into the breakfast room and had the best cappuccinos ever. Luciano helped us get a reservation at a winery for a wine tour and recommended a few places. We followed his advice, had lunch at…

Oct. 21st – Venice Part II (This Trip)

Venezia! We filed off the train, jumped on a vaporetto, and headed towards our hotel. The hotel was on the complete opposite side of where we usually stayed but it was a nice place to visit. We dropped our bags off and set out for the day. We showed Jamie the fish market, a few…

Oct. 22nd – Hello Tuscany!

We woke up the next day, said goodbye to Venice and headed for Tuscany! We got our car from Hertz and headed to Il Canto Del Sole. We pulled up and Mike and Jamie went out to check in. Luciano saw me with the kids in the car and came right over. Hugs and kisses were…

Oct. 20th – Vienna Part II

Vienna part II. We got up and took the kids to the nearby park to get some extra energy out. From there we went back to the town center and checked a few more buildings out. After that we had dinner and took a night train to Venice. The kids loved the night train and…