Saturday, July 12, 2014

We're In Italy!

Linda at Simply Linda called and said, "Hey, want to go to Italy."  I was like, "What??? You have got to be kidding.  I was just thinking about that. I'm soooo having a Calgon moment and ready to get away from it all."  

So I hopped on a plane from Atlanta and met her in New York.

This was the view from my window.

So, here we are!

Did you know that Italy in one of the top European destinations. 

Our first stop was Verona.What a villa we have!  
The mountains on one side and the sea on the other.  

I once worked with a guy who had lived half of his life in Italy so I know a little about what to expect.  He called me something and did the kissy-finger-thingy (no, not that finger!).  I said, "What did you say?"  He said, "It means you are a little stout lady."  I was livid.  What????  He said, " In Italy that is a compliment and I meant it as a compliment."  I said, "We're not in Italy."  

But now I am, so I think I'll fit in just fine. I'm a Signora Bella for now.

Now I know that Italy has a reputation for being expensive and you pay big bucks for the wine, but Linda and I found the neatest little eateries on the back streets of Venice.

Gotta keep her away from the wine
or I'll be carrying her on my back.

I forgot to show you the inside of our villa.
Linda has the bed. 
It's only fair since she planned most of the itinerary.

I just love the cobblestone paths
of Taormina.
The countryside, the small towns, oh and the 
The sights, tastes, smells-ahhhhhh.
Eat, drink and be merry!
I eat, she drinks and we both are merry!
(I'm teasing, Linda.  What goes on in Italy, stays in Italy.  I'm not telling a thing!)

I sure hope I get to take a Gondola ride on 
the back canals of Venice.

Linda's trying to keep me away from the 
Italian men!
Oh my goodness!
Mama Mia!

We're in Rome now.
This is a collage that I made of the city.
Shops for days, food for hours, 
and cobblestone gardens that 
I'd like to bring home with me. 

Linda says there's more to see so
you'll want to drop by her place and see 
the second leg of our journey.

Wish You Were Here, 


So, just so you know.
This was a "virtual" vacation.
Linda is not a wine-o, and
I am still lusting after Italian men.

It's been fun!


  1. You sure fooled me...I kept thinking how did she get packed so fast and have her passport at the ready and the expense wowwee. I love it. You made me laugh with that kissy finger thing. LOL. Thanks for the good pictures and the laughs. xoxo,Susie

  2. Ah ha ha! I think I need a vacation like that, too...I could afford that one! lol

  3. Your 'fun trip' was fun to read about too!

  4. GIRFLFRIEND!!! See, now you know my secrets..(shaking my finger & giggling)--I do love wine..and I do believe was on a habitual refill, (what was it with those Italians and their drink?)--OH dear friend..I had such a lovely time, where shall we go next? Blessings

    (By the way,my son was standing here and he goes, "Mama! Mzzz Bonnie has you pegged!") Giggling

  5. I LOVE wine AND men--
    WHY wasn't I invited??

  6. You two are too funny! I enjoyed this little geatway. :)

  7. Oh wow! You really got me. I was like, how did all this happen so fast. Such a dream. Oh, you're good. Glad you enjoyed your virtual vacay. :-)

  8. I love the bedroom! I doubt that I'll ever have a room like that because it's so not my style. So why do I love it so much?
    Oh, and the maps are great. Thanks for posting.

  9. Sounds like a plan to me! That was very well done. Felt like I was really there. Hope y'all have a good time. *lol* ~:)

  10. Well I must say I wasn't sure. I thought you were fast to get such beautiful photos uploaded. I thought you were so spontaneous to take an international trip like that. It was fun going along on your virtual vacation.

  11. Living this trip vicariously through you. What fun!

  12. Just too fun! Thanks for the virtual tour! So good to meet you tonight!


  13. I am so excited for you and so jealous. It sounds and looks like you are having a fabulous time. xo Laura

  14. I hope that you have a fabulous time!!! We went to Italy for the first - and so far only! - time last year and it was wonderful. If your visit is half as good as ours was you will have an amazing visit!!! xx

  15. Ha ha ha ha ha! I was like...she is! No she isn't!...yes, she is! Oh drat! It's virtual. Love it!


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