Friday, September 23, 2016

New Space

I am now blogging HERE.  Please follow along!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Italy - Part 2

The next morning, Brad and I woke up early to catch the bus to Sorrento.  A month or so before our trip, I scheduled a food tour with Sorrento Food Tours.  I highly recommend them if you are traveling to Sorrento.  We just did the regular food tour, but they also have wine and cheese tastings and other options as well.

Our guide was American, so that definitely made things a little easier to listen and understand as well :)  She took us to several different restaurants and I think we sampled about 13 items total.  We also went to a lemon grove (all the lemons had already been picked, so that's why the trees in my pics look so barren).   Everything was fantastic!  

Here are a few pictures from our tour...

Our favorite was the Saltimbocca (first picture).  This pizza place was great - we ended up going back for dinner before we headed back to Positano!

We LOVED Sorrento and would definitely go back again one day.  Most of our time after the food tour was spent shopping and staring at the beautiful coast!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Italy - Part 1

When your best friend says she's going to get married in Italy, you immediately book tickets for a flight, right?!  That's what we did!  As soon as I found out my BFF was getting married there, I told Brad I wanted to go (i'm not even sure at this point if we were ever really invited, but I knew I wanted to be there during her special day!).

Fast forward to September...The time had finally arrived and we were ready to go!  Let's stop for a second and discuss how much work goes into leaving your kids in someone else's care for a week.  A LOT.  The week before we left, I made a huge Sam's trip to buy food for them to eat and made sure all of the laundry was done (thanks Mom!).  I put each complete outfit they would need in individual gallon sized Ziplocs in order to make it easier on my in-laws.  I went over homework and what needed to be signed and returned to the school each day, etc.  Made a list of phone numbers, insurance and anything else I could think of before we left.  It was already enough for them to care for our kiddos for 8 days and I wanted to make it as stress free as possible.

Ok, here we go - we left Thursday, Sept 1.  We had three flights.  Here is Brad before our longest flight - it was about 9 hours to Paris.  When I first bought our tickets, I apparently selected a seat for me and not for him (oops!).  So, we joked that he wouldn't have to sit next to me for a full 9 hours :)  Well, much to his surprise, we were seated together.  Because he was going to be annoyed by me the entire time, he was happy to sit next to "Le Bar".

I spent most of my time sleeping, watching TV or playing Sudoku...

Finally arrived in Paris - too bad we couldn't leave the airport to explore!

If you look close enough you can barely make out the Eiffel Tower...

We arrived in Naples on Friday around 11:00AM.  After an 1 1/2 hour van ride, we made it to our final destination - Positano.  Here is a view from our villa.  Obviously, the picture doesn't do this view justice.  It was AMAZING.  Unlike anything I have ever seen.  

I didn't take any pictures of the inside of the villa, but here are a few I took of the outside.

We were staying with two other couples that we had just met and the bride and groom.  Both of the other couples' luggage didn't make it to Italy (it didn't arrive until Tuesday!!!!).  I'm so thankful we didn't have any luggage or flight issues - what a pain!  After everyone got settled and a few phone calls were made to the airline, we went to dinner.  This was our first Italian meal experience.  I got something similar to Manicotti.  I didn't do a very good job of documenting where exactly we ate or what we ate, but this was delish!

We did a little post dinner shopping and headed back to rest up for day two...