Monday, September 09, 2013

For Family Only

(but, hey, I consider all readers family)
Dudes. You are welcome to stay and look at all my August travel photos but I'm afraid you might be bored. I'm doing this mainly for my beloved in-laws who aren't on Facebook.

Have a look... test your staying power!

Now that the preliminaries are out of the way...

It was a such a fantastic summer filled with lots of family and adventure. If you've been reading, you know I flew back home to Italy with my niece Jane at the beginning of August. E-Dude, our oldest son, showed up a few days later and we donned our walking shoes and hit the streets of Northern Italy. We took a lot of day trips. First off...

Bolzano, Italy:
We went to see Ötzi, The Ice Man in Bolzano. A very excellent museum that includes his remains unearthed in 1991. They date back to 3300 B.C. Here is C-Bear doing an impression and the rest of kids scratching their heads in wonderment.

Mummy-walk by C-Bear as her brothers look on. Jane is just perplexed.

Bassano del Grappa, Italy:

We visited Bassano del Grappa and walked across the famous bridge. I remember this day mainly because I took some wonderful pictures of my family. I went to use the bathroom and left my camera with P-Diddle and when I returned he had deleted all the photos that included him. ARGH!
Nope, don't worry... he's not crying. He was just yelled at for deleting all my Bassano photos.
 As payback he refused to let me take a photo of him.
 I will get him back, you will see.

The famous bridge in Bassano
Bassano del Grappa... all five of us

E-dude readjusts to being around his siblings LOL
Venice, Italy:
What's a trip to Italy without a sweaty, exhausting six mile walk around Venice? Hmm... I think it was about 98 degrees this day. We hit the Duomo and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and walked in every cool church we could find. The Duomo and lunch was rated excellent by the kids. The Peggy Guggenheim, not so much. 3 loved it, 3 hated it... watch the video... it's very entertaining.

Vicenza, Italy:
Before we headed to Rome, I stayed home and did laundry and packed. Husband took Jane and E-Dude to the Teatro Olimpico, a Palladian designed theater from the 1500s. It really is quite fantastic and located in our own city!

View from the uncomfortable bleachers.
The extravagant stage makes you forget your sore butt.

Hmm, I could use a seat cushion.

The teatro was followed by a drive up to Monte Berico
and a spectacular and rare clear view of Vicenza and the Dolomites
Leaning Tower of Pisa:
Here it is. Not much more to say about it other than it makes an excellent one hour side trip on the drive down to Rome. We parked, we walked, we photographed, we left.

Here it is!

Everyone in the family had their ridiculous Tower of Pisa pictures.
 This was one I hadn't even thought of. Things aren't quite lined up but I think you get the gist.
Rome, Italy:
What? Five days in Rome? How much better can it get?

Day 1 was driving, checking in and dinner: E-Dude ordered this:


Ahh, Roman ambiance in a street side cafe. See the panel van in the background LOL

Day 2 of Rome... The Vatican! We bought a tour with the USO in Rome (yes there is one) and took a very excellent tour that lasted about five hours and stretched the attention span of the hardiest of museum goers in our family. It was well worth it though.

The three stooges all fresh and raring to go before the tour.

We saw lots of Jesus...
and naked torsos
and Saint Peter's Basilica (above), the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo galore

with intelligent commentary to go with all of it. Here is the view from the top of St. Peter's Basilica
 Rome Day 3... Coliseum, Fountains and walk about (and I mean walk-a-bout). We saw obelisks, churches, fountains, the Spanish steps. We shopped and fought over who would hold the water bottles (we carried two big ones). But we made it!

The coliseum

I took C-Bear for an ice cream cone. It was like she was four again.
Have I taught you nothing about eating an ice cream cone on a hot day, Daughter? Humph.

Pantheon. One of my favorites.

Rome, Day 4 we hit the Forum. Last time we were in Rome we didn't get to it. It is definitely all it is cracked up to be.

My men pause during their low-blood sugar bickering to pose for a shot.
Palatine Hill: Me and all three kids.


Anonymous said...

ah...We so loved the pictures and the run down of you touring Italy. Thank you thank you for remembering us non face book peeps :). Whats with Patrick not wanting his picture taken...I have so many pictures of Patrick over the years, sailing through photos in a blur...or the ones with funny faces!!those are the best good memories. Hugs, MA-IN-LAW

Anonymous said...

Good stuff!