Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Up, Up and Away... Part One

For the past few weeks we have been away....out of the country and away from our normal lifestyle.

One of our granddaughters has been studying abroad this semester in Florence, Italy.  We convinced her parents (our son and DIL) to join us for a visit while she was there.  We spent a week in Florence, Italy and then headed off for a few days in Venice and on to Lucerne, Switzerland, returning last evening. The trip was amazing and such fun to share with our children.

I'll share some of my favorite photos in three posts - one for each stop.  We never cease to be amazed at the beauty that can be spotted everywhere.

Santa Croce Basilica

DIL, son and granddaughter

Ponte Vecchio

View after hiking up to the top of the mountain.

Church of Santa Maria Novello

Rooftop sunset
 We toured the Academia with David and the Uffizi with the amazing artwork.

Florence is the birthplace of Pinocchio

Grandaughter with me

Florence Duomo

Adjoining Baptistry

Duomo Tower

Painting inside of Duomo

Loved this green bike!

Vendi flowing chocolate wall.

Topping choices at Magnum

Yummy Magnum bars

 We enjoyed a food/market tour.

Pasta making

Fresh pasta for sale

Fresh choices everywhere

Great wheels of cheese

A truffle tasting

Basalmic tasting
Mushrooms anyone????

We took a day trip to Sienna.
Gelato in every flavor

Sienna main piazza

Narrow streets of Sienna

Sienna Duomo
Next post will be the fascinating city of Venice.


QuiltShopGal said...

What fun. Glad you have had such a great trip. Thanks for sharing photos. Next best thing to being there.


Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Sounds like a very lovely trip. Great photos . . . i want some of that gelato. Yum.

Quilting Babcia said...

What a feast for the eyes! Great photos, beautiful memories.

Ramona said...

Florence... one of my most favorite cities! What wonderful memories you made with your family. Your photos brought back some memories for me, too. I'm glad you had a great trip and are back safely.

Kate said...

What a trip!! I so enjoyed all your photos.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Lucky granddaughter. That looks like an amazing trip!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ohhhhhh Mary, everything looks so wonderful!!!! Have a great time.....eat too much of Hat delicious looking food!!!

Denise :) said...

Oh my gracious, what a fantastic trip that was -- and what gorgeous photos you've shared of your experience so far! I'm always amazed at the *history* that is found in Europe. We Americans know nothing about old buildings!! LOL! Welcome home! :)

Mdm Samm said...

ohhh I feel like I am there with you..such delightful photos...enjoy sweet lady, there is only one moment worth living and that is the NOW ...

OPQuilt said...

Wow--what a great trip! I have so many memories of those places, and glad you got up to the church above Florence--such a beautiful sight, right? I've been busy making your bread and thinking of you. Welcome home!

sunny said...

Gorgeous! Italy is on my bucket list.

em's scrapbag said...

Looks like a great trip. Would love to try all that food. Yummy!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Florence is such a beautiful city. Your lovely photos reminded me of our short stay there. She is so lucky to be able to study abroad in Florence. Love that photo of the green bike :)


Carol S. said...

I love all these photos! Looks like a wonderful time...enjoy!

Michelle said...

Wow...what a great opportunity! Such great memories, I'm sure!!

Lara B. said...

So many exciting and wonderful things to see Mary! My favorite is the shot of you and your granddaughter together. You two look so happy!
That wall of chocolate is something else too, LOL

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

What a wonderful trip it must have been and doubly so because it was a family trip! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos and glad you returned home safely.

Createology said...

Your wonderful photos are bringing back amazing memories of a trip hubby and I took a few years ago. Florence never disappointed us at all. We ate great food all along the way and fortunately all the walking really helps curb the calories. Your Granddaughter is lovely and very lucky. Family Blessings...

Abby and Stephanie said...

What an awesome trip and very special to share it with your family! I love the ancient architecture. All that wonderful food to taste yet you can walk and hike off the calories. :o) Did you stuff your suitcase full of goodies?

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your trip looks awesome! Great pictures thanks for sharing.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Such beautiful pictures. I love narrow streets and that green bike! Your granddaughter is lovely.