Italy 2013


if you’re one of my FaceBook friends, then you know that we just got back from a fabulous vacation in Italy, but you know what? This vacation was considerably different that any other international vacation we’ve ever taken, and that’s because we were not part of a cruise or a tour group of any kind. That’s right, we were completely on our own!

Oh, we had a few tour guides in specific locations, like the Vatican and the Doge’s Palace in Venice, but the big difference for us, was that for the very 1st time we were totally responsible for getting ourselves from place to place and for finding places to eat. We were able to arrange for some of these things in advance (like the tour guides and the train tickets), but much of it we couldn’t, so quite naturally we were a little apprehensive about how well we’d handle it.

So how did it go?

To be honest, I don’t know how well we would have done if this had been our first rodeo (so to speak), but I think we actually surprised ourselves by how well we did! And I just want to say that traveling by train in Italy is fantastic!  They’re are on time, clean, roomy, and VERY comfy. But here’s the deal… rather than give you a long blow-by-blow account of our vacation, I thought you might enjoy this 4 minute slideshow synopsis (co-starring our absolute FAVORITE travel companions, John & Vicky Pruitt)!

So… Which Italian location did we enjoy the best?

We actually loved most everything about this trip! OK- maybe the gondola ride in Venice was a bit disappointing (because our gondoleer was a sourpuss), but the location I absolutely loved best of all was Bellagio on Lake Como. As a matter of fact, it’s definitely one of my favorite vacation spots EVER (and that’s really saying a lot!)

So how about YOU? What vacation location is YOUR absolute favorite?

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  1. I loved the whole trip with you. Thanks for sharing. I loved Bellagio best, I use to buy Bellagio wine here in the States in the early 1980s but stores quit carrying it. Best wine I’ve ever tasted. (((Hugs))) Many Blessings, Janet

  2. Wow, thanks for sharing. I’ve been to Belgium, but I definitely want to see more of Europe someday.

  3. I enjoyed your slideshow and am glad you had such a good time (except for the cranky gondolier)! Thanks for sharing!