The Hills Are Alive!

Austria. Wow. The pic above is from Hallstatt, about 90 minutes south of Salzburg and quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever visited. On a ferry in Venice, we struck up a conversation with some fellow tourists who had just come in from Austria....

Munchen!

Yeah, so about that. Why are so many european cities named so differently in their own language? Rome is actually Roma. Florence is Firenze, Munich is Munchen. I don’t get it. We are fully capable of saying “Roma” or “Firenze.” I like the...

Ah…Venice!

Our final stop in Italy was Venice. We had begun in Rome and slowly made our way north east to this utterly enchanting and puzzling city. Enchanting because the city is built completely on water. Puzzling because someone, a long time ago said to themselves, “I...

Tuscany

  What can I add about Tuscany that hasn’t already been said? It is one of the most breath taking places on earth. The symmetrical farms, rows of grapes and olive groves, hilltop and ancient villages every few miles and a pace of life that is utterly enchanting....

Assisi

So many people have asked us what our favorite place was. The kids are all quick to answer with their favorite: Croatia. Lisa and I hesitate to name one place because we had so many incredible experiences, but if I had to choose the most perfect 18 hours, that would...

Of Basilicas and Casual Church…

Yep, that would be my rapidly balding head bowing for Mass at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice where….you know…the gospel writer Mark’s body resides. We visited several Basilicas during our two week stay in Italy. Each was utterly magnificent in...