We were really excited to see THE Portofino, Italy – not the copy in Orlando, Florida. Portofino is a really small port town and there are tons of walking paths all around that lead to beautiful houses and amazing views. We really loved SO many details that Universal’s Portofino hotel copied so well from the…
We are really enjoying La Spezia, Italy! We knew it was a port town, but we didn’t realize it was a cruise ship port town! We are already talking about taking a cruise in this area in the future. Our apartment is right in the heart of town where most of the streets are pedestrian-only….
The Ponte Vecchio in Florence translates to “Old Bridge” but it should really be called the Jewelry Bridge! It is a beautiful pedestrian bridge that crosses the Arno River. We were thinking maybe the buildings on the bridge used to be apartments. But once we did some research we realized they were always shops. They…
James needed to get groomed while we were here in Florence, Italy. We found a cute little grooming shop called Elisa Toilette just across the Arno River. We hopped on the T1 tram and headed over to get James groomed. Isn’t it funny that the grooming shop is called a Toilette? A dog groomer in…
We love walking around and exploring new areas with James. The Opera House in Florence, also known as the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, is just a few blocks from our apartment in Florence. We have walked around it a few times and one evening we decided to walk up to what we thought was…
In the heart of Florence, there is a sculpture called Il Porcellino (piglet in Italian). It is a tradition to put a coin into the boar’s mouth and make a wish as the coin falls into the grates below. In addition to being good luck, this also ensures a return to Florence. It is a…
Our Airbnb in Florence has a really nice book with recommendations on what to see, do and eat. One of the recommendations was for the 600 year old perfume shop in an old convent called Santa Maria Novella.
David of course is the centerpiece at the the Galleria dell’Accademia. But the museum had so many other pieces we enjoyed, too!
The Hall of Prisoners by Michelangelo leads up to the centerpiece statue
The first thing we do when we arrive in a new city is head to the grocery store. We arrived in Padua, Italy (Padova in Italian) and once James was comfortable in our Airbnb we said goodbye and started
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Chris isn’t a big fan of modern art so I decided to visit this museum alone one day. It is a small but nice
Venice, Italy really is one of those cities you could get lost in. You want to get lost in it! I actually read a great tourist tip: if you pass a shop where you want to see inside you better do it NOW.
I love architecture and big beautiful ballrooms. So I knew I would want to see the Ca’ Rezzonico museum while in Venice, Italy.
The museum is right on the Grand Canal:
The main ballroom was
Don’t be overwhelmed or afraid to ride the water buses in Venice, Italy. We are here to help!
Here is some helpful terminology on the water vehicles in Venice, Italy.
This is definitely not the kind of fountain you see in the US!
What does James think of the Fontana Delle Tette? What do you think of it? We jokingly called it the â€œTitty Fountainâ€ because
We are heading back to Vienna and we wanted to try out the Nightjet train. The Nightjet from Milano to Wien does take 12 hours. The trains stops at each stop for longer times and once you cross the border
Well yes they do! And Pringles Tortilla Chips are awesome too. We picked some up at the store… actually they were in the basket before I could fully understand the taste sensation I was about to
Near our place in Milan we kept passing this spot that we couldn’t figure out.
Was it a restaurant? Was it an office?
At times it seemed to be both and maybe more, so we decided to check it out and
We knew we wanted to see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper while in Milan, Italy. But we also knew that you needed to get tickets in advance – sometimes weeks in advance! We didn’t plan far enough
I love window shopping! There are so many stores here in Milan that I enjoy walking past to see their window displays. They usually change them every day or so, too! They also put little signs next
We are really enjoying Milan, Italy! Here are some highlights of our visit so far!
James was due for a groom while we were in Milan so we took him to Dog Model. Luciana has lots of Barboni (Poodles)