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Aug. 12th, 2009

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

We've moved...

not from Italy... but to another place on the www.  The new site is integrated with my Google account and will hopefully make this blogging stuff easier.  Check it out at http://taylormadeadventure.blogspot.com/.

Jun. 8th, 2009

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

June update

A little update from us....

We are going to Paris!  Our third wedding anniversary is August 4 and will be celebrating this year in the city of lights!

A new gelato place just opened near our apartment.  On Saturday they had a little "party" with free ice cream and champagne.  Michael and I of course indulged ourselves.  It's nice to have a gelato place near by though it could be a bad habit waiting to happen because I used to have to work (walk to the center and back) to get it.  I will have to resist the temptation to eat it everyday and I totally could...
Yesterday, we went to a little town called Marostica.  The town has a medieval feel to it with two castles: Castello Inferiore sits down in the town square with Castello Superiore high up on the hill.  The town calls itself the "City of Chess" and  is known for its biannual live chess match.  Ever two years a medieval-themed festival is held here, when a giant chess game is enacted with human chess-pieces. This takes place in the town square, Piazza del Castello.  The paving marks out a huge chessboard.  There is a hiking trail with lots of trees up to Castle Superiore with views and even a few donkeys (a little strange, I know) along the way.  There's not much left of the actual castle but you can climb up some of the remaining walls and walk along a few of the walkways that offer amazing views.  There was a flea market/craft fair going on in the piazza with plenty of interesting things to look at.  The area is also known for its cherries.  I bought some and they are yummy!

Apr. 1st, 2009

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

New Restaurants

We've been trying out lots of Italian restaurants, but also others that aren't Italian, with some of our Italian friends. We went to a Japanese place for sushi. Michael just handed me the menu and made me pick for the group.  We also went to a Brazilian place who's motto is "Il piaceri della carne" or "The pleasures of meat". I have never been to a restaurant quite like it. They have a buffet of "contorni" or sides like veggies, potatoes, bread, cheese, etc. Then, at your table each person had a "chip" similar to a poker chip. One side was red, the other green. Waiters walked around the restaurant with skewers of grilled meats. If your chip had the green side up, it meant "yes" you wanted the meat they had. If your chip had the red side up, it mean "basta" or "enough", I don't want any more meat. The beef was the best, very juicy and tender. The lamb wasn't bad either. Michael and the others even ate chicken hearts but I passed on those.  I was so stuffed by the end of it all!


Mar. 5th, 2009

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

From the archives...

So I know it's March... but here's one from November!

Thanksgiving con Italiani

While you were eating turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, Michael and I dinned on cannelloni. We later learned that cannelloni is a typical dish served for Christmas dinner. We were holiday appropriate and didn’t know it! 

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Michael’s coworker invited us to an “Italian Thanksgiving” dinner. He assured us that the hostess’s mother was American and therefore she knew traditional recipes. When we arrived, I felt like I was at a funeral by the way the women were dressed! All were wearing a combination of black and gray with absolutely zero color. I, however, was wearing an orange and maroon sweater (it was UVA Game Day) which made it quite obvious that I was the only American female. We started the meal with a creamy pumpkin soup that was delicious. I love all things pumpkin! For the main course, we had a traditional turkey. The hostess insisted that Michael do the carving and he did a great job for his first time. There was also stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, and a local dish of radicchio. Radicchio is a type of radish/onion typical of the region that was sautéed in olive oil and topped with parmesan cheese. The cranberry sauce was strange. Apparently the cranberries were purchased from IKEA…definitely strange. For dessert, we had a traditional Italian cheesecake and Tiramisu. We met a couple who lives in Venice and exchanged contact info. The next time we are in Venice we plan to meet up for some good (non-tourist) Venetian cuisine. Overall, it was a fun evening with good food, good people, and lots of good wine.             

Feb. 10th, 2009

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

Internet Access

I have not posted anything in a long while because I did not have internet acces. We are now FINALLY connected to the world wide web!  More about our time in Italy coming soon!  I promise! :)   

Dec. 8th, 2008

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

Our New Apartment

We've finally settled into our new place!  Here is a link to some pictures. 
Let me know if this does not work you.  As you can see there was furniture, but nothing came furnished in the kitchen... no plates, silverware, pots, pans, nothing.  So after a week of plastic plates and forks and eatting only things that required no prep (pre-made pizza or salad), we went shopping to furnish the kitchen.  We are now fully stocked and can now eat more than just pizza.   

Nov. 25th, 2008

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

We've Arrived!

Michael and I made it safely across the big pond.  Our luggage even came with us from Paris with no problems!!! (I had been warned of mulitple baggage losses when connecting in Paris).  It's cold here and Vicenza was covered in a white blanket of snow when we arrived.  We've moved into our new apartment.... with A/C (not a big deal now but in 6 months it will be greatly appreciated).  Here is our address if you wish you Google Map us or send us snail mail: 

Viale Trieste 19 i 12
36100 Vicenza Italy     

Pic post coming soon!


Nov. 18th, 2008

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

Back to Italy

Hi all!  We FINALLY have completed Visas in hand and will be returning to Italy on Sunday, November 23!  Although we will be missing Thanksgiving stateside, we have been invited to an "Italian Thanksgiving Party."  The host assured us there will be "American stuffing."  It should be interesting......   We won't be able to use our US cell phones so email will be the best way to get in contact with us.  We will be home just in time for Christmas and New Years (and Michael's 30th birthday!)  Hope everyone has a nice Turkey day!  We will be thinking about you!  

Venice, gondola, second anniversary

August 2009



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