Rain, Rain, go Away

We woke up to serious rain—not really hard but constant. Pat and Bob were waiting for us in the lobby at Palazzo Ruzzini so we sat there and talked for a while about what we’d like to do for the … Continue reading →

Pat and Bob–Hurray!!

I was so excited about my sister and brother in law’s arrival that I woke up super early. We went downstairs for coffee and it was so good to be back at “our “ bar—the coffee really is great there. … Continue reading →

Judy, Judy, Judy (think Cary Grant)

I was so excited about taking the Monday Market Tour with Judy Witts Francini aka The Divina Cucina, that it took a little of the sting out of saying goodbye to Marco and Giovanna. They drove us to the train … Continue reading →

Day 2 in Florence

We had a plan to meet Marco at 10:30 to take the tram into the city. He keeps asking us what we would like to do and we say whatever he thinks. Somehow we play the game of idea ping … Continue reading →

We did it!

Yes, we did it! Climbed the Torre degli Asinelli. Over 320 feet high, 498 steps, up, up, up… Finally you are rewarded with great views all over Bologna. It was really fun and challenging and worth it. (Susan, if you … Continue reading →

Getting the rhythm of Bologna

Yes, we’re getting into it here. We went to breakfast here in the hotel and then for a really nice, short wander through the market area and to Santo Stefano. Bologna is a photo fest. There are architectural details, old … Continue reading →

Moving on

Excitement about our vacation within a vacation abounds! We got up early, suitcases ready, got coffee and walked to the train station. I wish we had taken the vaporetto–too many stairs for me with the heavy suitcase–but we made it … Continue reading →

The Heat is On

Got up this morning and made our way to La Trinchetta for coffee. First we stopped at Palazzo Ruzzini to check on a few things for Pat and Bob’s arrival. Trying to figure out about airport transport for them. Then … Continue reading →

La Fenice

We were really tired from all the walking we’d done in Padova so we spent the morning doing laundry and just relaxing. We also did some grocery shopping at the Coop. This was the first time we managed to walk … Continue reading →

Day trip to Padova (Padua in English)

We were psyched up for a real day trip on the train. Woke up a little bit earlier and went for coffee. Our new friends at La Trinchetta were replaced by a gray-haired man about our age. We ordered our … Continue reading →