Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Home at Last

I am back home. I didn’t mention where I was going. I was in Italy last week on family vacation and had a pretty good time all in all. Now, I’m catching up at work, spending time with my cats, and going through my photos. I am very excited to share the food I enjoyed, but for now, here are some of my favorite non-food photos.

I stood out as a tall, light-haired person. My feet hung off the ends of the beds. During the entire trip, I only saw one other redhead. And I was looking. I had Alex take this photo of me under a hanging light that I thought was about an inch over my head, but this photo makes the distance appear almost reasonable.


This photo looks crazy, but I like it. We’re waiting in the courtyard for Alex’s mom to get ready for supper after a nap on our first day in the country. Alex’s sister and her boyfried are laughing at Italian curses in a phrasebook.


We started our trip in a small town in the hills on the Adriatic coast, with a pretty little compact town and farmland all around. We saw lots of parasol pines, grape vines, and olive trees. The scenery was more beautiful than I could have imagined, and I enjoyed some mild weather until we headed up north.



And on the public transportation, other kinds of beautiful scenery.


Alex, his father, and I were the “dream team” as the family divided down the middle for much of the trip. Below, Alex and his dad on the banks of the Arno River in Florence, and then me and his dad after we climbed all the stairs to the very top of the Duomo.



We ended the trip with a visit to Alex’s aunt and uncle’s beautiful home, and on our tour of their gardens this cat kept climbing trees. Here’s Alex’s mother taking a photograph of it.


We were also stuck in a snowstorm and in the car for 23 hours. More on this separately.


I’m trying to figure out how to organize my thoughts on the food. Something like, “Can you really get tired of Italian food?” Or, “How much pasta can one person eat?” Maybe it will be, “I learned the word for eggplant and used it every chance I got.”


  1. Welcome back! Sounds like a very cool vacation (pun intended...I know that's lame). Can't wait to hear more about it! Aunts and Uncles with beautiful homes in Italy?...That sounds pretty good to me!

    As for organizing your food thoughts...I can only say this: 1) No. 2) A lot. 3) Viva la melanzana!

  2. 23 hours in a car??? those pictures look like something out of a tour book! i really like the one of the back of a guys head looking at the girl:) oh and the one of hte couple looking at curse words:) that was cute. you are really tall! cant wait to hear more! cant believe you were in Italy!

  3. Thanks for sharing. I will look forward to living vicariously through you.

    (I was in Italy several times during my pregan days and I often wonder now how I would handle avoiding the pizza if I ever returned.)

  4. I was hoping you would be there during Christmas. Italy is great during Easter they go all out so Christmas will be our next trip. Of course it is also nice in the summer and fall. I guess I can't imagine a bad time to go. ;-)

    Glad you had a good time other than being stuck in the car that is. One trip we were there during an earthquake.


  5. Ooh! Can't wait for the food recap!

    23 hours stuck in a car?!

  6. Wow...Italy? I have to admit...I am very jealous! :o) Going to Italy is my dream vacation. I wish we lived closer, so I could hear all about it. I can't wait to hear about the food. Sounds like you had an awesome time. Glad you made it back all safe. BTW...I'm not jealous of that snowstorm....ha

  7. Your trip must have been amazing! Except for the snowstorm. Being stuck in the car that long sounds terrible, I am glad you guys made it out okay though! I am dying to visit Italy. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

  8. Lucky!! I love the pics and can't wait for food ones. How tall are you? I'm 5'10". We can be tall together!

  9. Wow, I can't believe you went to Italy! I love it when vegans go to Italy because I want to gain lots of food knowledge before I go - let others pave the way. The pictures are so fun. The one of Alex with his sister and her boyfriend in the background is so cool!