Viva Italia – The place you’ll never want to leave

Viva Italia – The place you’ll never want to leave

 “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” – Anna Akhmatova Although long overdue , here we have it… ITALY! Gregg and I agree, Italy was our favorite country that we explored. We did things a little differently travel wise; instead of staying in one country for thirty days and traveling out from the destination, we hoped around every 2-7 days. In just under thirty days we were able to travel to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, the Amalfi coast (Vietri, Positano, Amalfi, Paestum and Sorrento), Pompeii and finally Naples. It was quite the whirlwind adventure made even better by the food, wine, scenery and company. One of my oldest and best friends Lauren came all the way from India and braved traveling with us for close to two weeks! Having a friend there to travel with was exactly what I needed. So, what were some of our very favorite experiences??? I’ve grouped some of our favorite spots by location … 1. Milan: Milan was stop number one for us and we weren’t in the city for even 24 hours. The train station is an absolute must see! The architecture reminded me of Barcelona… dark, gothic and fabulous. We got to our apartment thanks to Air BnB, asked where we could find the best pizza and Gregg was on his way. We had three pizzas which were out of this world, just as we imagined. 2. Venice: Oh, Venice! You are romantic and one of a kind. Venice is unlike any place I have ever visited, and sadly we didn’t feel like two days was...

What have we learned? 7 tips for traveling with kids!

Here I sit in the quiet apartment of Cannes reflecting back on our time in Germany, Spain and now France. We have been to three different countries with three very different cultures, and I am incredibly grateful for this experience. I will say, the picture I had in my mind regarding this tour of Europe and beyond has turned out to be almost 100% different than it has played out. We have learned SO MUCH on our travels and one of the most important aspects of travel we have learned is HOW TO PLAN! When I was in high school my parents took my siblings and I on a trip of a lifetime — Rome, Florence, London and Paris over summer break. This was in 2006 (I think??) when the world of technology was in a much difference place. No unlimited data usage, no FaceTime, no GPS at the push of a button and little to no quick and easy way to schedule train rides, airplane reservations, hotel reviews, etc. The sheer amount of planning that goes into a trip is unbelievable. Then you have to factor in how to get train tickets, where to stand on a platform, where to look for schedules and more all in a language that is most likely foreign… IT IS A LOT! Hats off to you travelers who went around the world before 2011…. I don’t know how you survived! We did so much research before we left for our trip…. SO MUCH. Looking back now we didn’t even scratch the surface! So, what have we learned so far? Quite a lot...