Lots of Little Pictures

We are back from our adventure in northern Italy and I thought I'd share some of the phone photos I took en route. There are 1000's of photos the girls and I took with our regular cameras, and I will share those soon!

 

Narrow passageways in Bellagio, Lake Como

Bellagio, Lake Como

Our hotel on Lake Como

The never-ending charging queue also included three cameras.

Gelato on every street, this gelato was actually not that great.

Milan a few blocks from the Duomo.

Pier at Sirmione, Lake Garda

chandelier in our hotel in venice

the following shots are from venice

things made of murano glass in venice shops

Locks on the bridge to the academic area.

Drainage is poor in venice, this water is rising below St. Mark's cathedral yet it is not raining. They put up raised platforms for the tourists.

Water in St. Mark's Square is a photo opp for everyone that passes by. This was from rain and perhaps tides and a full moon, not that I speak Italian!

Sconce in our hotel in venice.

 

clothing in trendy venice shops

Burano, a little island of colored houses a water taxi ride from venice.

Burano, very picturesque. Impossible to take a poor shot on this island.

little fruit + veggie stands open up each evening in venice

the girls scheming in the hotel lobby in tuscany

countryside, tuscany

collecting shells at forte de marmi 

naturale or frizzante?

Excellent cappucino at the autostrada rest stops.

pizza at a little shop in barga, italy in tuscany

touristy displays in florence

So here's what we did! We traveled from DFW to JFK to MXP (Milan) with a 5 hour delay tacked on to a 4 hour layover at JFK on the outbound. We rented a car and drove up to Lake Como, then south to Tuscany via the Cinque Terre, a day trip to Florence, off to Venice, then Lake Garda, then Milan, and back home. 5 hotels, two rental cars {we dropped the car in Venice, then picked up another}, lots of kilometers, 6 mix CDs minus the christmassy one my husband refused to play. 16 days on the road. 

My husband did a fabulous job driving a stick shift in the perilous driving mayhem of Lake Como and kept up with the Italian drivers on the Autostrade. I'm not a high energy person, yet I walked until I could walk no further, and then walked some more. In Venice I had a spasm in my back which was not fun for 2-3 days and took Italian ibuprofen called MOMENT which helped a lot. 

We had a 50:50 good:bad meal ratio. Two of the most memorable meals were ravioli stuffed with eggplant in an olive oil and garlic sauce and vegetarian lasagna with ricotta and pumpkin. And fresh homemade pasta? Nothing like what we buy in the stores here. It's decadent. Now I want a pasta maker but I will need to find a good recipe.

I've been dizzy {unfortunately, literally} off and on since venice. I am even getting motion sickness from scrolling my screen.

So in the days ahead I'll share the art I did on the road {some of you have seen bits on instagram}, my travel journal, photos from the regular cameras, etc. I will try my best not to go overboard.

Getting organized and enjoying cooking this week. I made a bunch of pumpkin pies in honor of the cold front coming through tonight!

Photographs from our trip to Italy.