Thursday, December 31, 2009


Lucerne is a lovely town.  It's got an old bridge with really old paintings in it.  While here, you have to go for Fondue!  So Yummy!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pisa and Milan

Climbing to the top in Milan!

In Pisa

While we were driving through Italy from Tuscany to Milan, we stopped in Pisa for a look around.  Not sure if we missed a lot, but I think we saw the major sights and we were there for half a day.  

Onto Milan..we really liked this city.  Perhaps because we had low expectations, but it surprised us.  The Gothic cathedral is beautiful and of course, we climbed to the top!  We ate lunch one day at this Mozzarella Bar.  So yummy!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

San Marino


San Marino is a micro country located near the Tuscan Region in Italy.  It is beautiful and sits atop a mountain.  Although we didn't need more than one night here, I almost wished we had two.  It was just so pretty and quiet.  There's nothing much to do except walk around the little country and visit the castles, which you should do.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Florence and Sienna

The view from the top of the Duomo
The Duomo

While we stayed in Florence and just took a day to see Sienna, if I did it again, I would have stayed in Sienna and just visited Florence.  I wasn't totally impressed with the Tuscan region as I thought I would have been.  I like the coast much better.  Having said that, there are some beautiful things to see in that region.  In Florence, a climb to the top of the Duomo is a sure thing.  Also, visit the Ponte Vecchio bridge, although I didn't buy anything, it's still cool to see.

Sienna was my favorite out of these two cities.  We spent Christmas Day here, even attending mass at the Cathedral.  So amazing!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Verona and Venice

Verona is worth a visit on the way to Venice.  I'm not sure I would allow an overnight here though.  It's pretty to walk through, but the main attraction in this area is of course Venice.  We visited here in December, which was fantastic as there were hardly any tourists.  We still did a gondola ride and they even gave us a cashmere blanket to keep warm!  Climb to the top of the Duomo for some fantastic pictures.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


A magical city to visit at Christmas time.  I had the best Gleuwein ever here.  During the Christmas Market, they have these huge characters from story books all over the old city.