Rome: Final Day

Our final day was spent on a day trip out to Orvieto and then Assisi. We almost didn’t go because it started at 6:00AM and lasted all day. Once again, we were so glad we did! Both locations were beautiful! You can see the photos at my facebook page, along with photos of our entire trip. I hope you enjoy!!

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Rome: Day One

The flight from Paris to Rome was, thankfully, uneventful. We drove past the Colosseum, which is larger than I would have guessed. We arrived at our hotel, settled in…and took a nap…don’t judge! 🙂

After the we ventured out to meet Steve’s friend and coworker Ashley with her travel group at the Trevi Fountain.

We then walked to a bar and enjoyed way too much Chianti!

Thursday is our walking tour of Rome.

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Paris: Day Four

Day four began with a very long line at the Musee D’Orsay, where many of the French impressionist paintings are displayed. It was well worth the wait! The building itself, a former train station, is a work of art. So much beauty in one building. We spent most of the morning and early afternoon enjoying the works of Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin, Manet, Seurat and many, others.

Because we spent so much time there, we decided to skip Versailles (I know!) and we went back to Montmartre for some food and souvenir shopping.

Now, we are all packed and ready for our flight to Rome in the morning.

By the way, Have I mentioned how much wine we’ve been drinking? LOTS!! Vive La France!

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Paris: Day Two

Day two started with a minivan tour of the city. It was only seven people and the tour guide. He showed us all the main sites and we got a better sense of the city. Then back to our room for a quick nap.

We then walked to the Hotel Des Invalides. It was a military hospital and is now a museum which houses Napoleon’s tomb. Then back to our room for another quick nap.

For dinner, we went to Montmartre, which is what what you would imagine Paris to look like. It has the narrow cobbled stone streets, filled with shops and cafes. We ate delicious food at a small restaurant, drank French wine, and walked through the large Basilica of the sacred heart (Sacre Coeur) during the Palm Sunday services.

On the way back, we had trouble finding our hotel…again. Are you noticing a couple of patterns here?

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Paris: Day One

My husband Steve and I are on our 20th Anniversary vacation to Paris and Rome! Yes, 20 looong years! We had an overnight flight from Atlanta and arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:30 AM Paris time. We had very little sleep on the plane and just wanted a quick nap before venturing out. Well…it turned into a 4 hour nap that was very much needed.

Then we were off to the Eiffel Tower to see it in all it’s wonder. And, wonderful it was! Steve is freaking out about the inevitable climb up. I can’t wait to see the view!

Dinner was a delicious salad with artichoke heart, Avocado, egg and tomato. Then, we got lost on the way back to th hotel, circling around for what seemed like an externity. Finally, we got good directions from another hotel’s front desk, turned the corner, and found our way back!

Tomorrow, we start with a bus tour and then on to some museums.

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Climbing down a volcano on the Island of Faial

I traveled to the Island of Faial with my Husband Steve and my family last summer. Both my parents were born there. I first went when I was 14 years old. I was beginning my teen angst years combined with the beginnings of dealing with being gay. Needless to say, I was a bit preoccupied to appreciate how amazingly beautiful this Island is.

Every corner of every turn on every road is a postcard!

The island was formed by a now dormant volcano. When my parents were growing up, farmers would take their livestock down rocky paths to the bottom of the crater to feed on the nutrient rich grasses. My dad would do this barefoot when he was growing up.

There was a violent earthquake in 1998 where 1,700 people out of a population of 15,000 were left homeless. The path down to the crater of the volcano was drastically changed. Gone is the path used by farmers. A more rough descent now exists from when I was 14… or maybe my age just makes it feel that way!

Here is a video of the climb down and up. Enjoy!