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Welcome home! It sounds like a lovely time, beginning to end! :D

Posted by pam at August 15, 2012 09:52 AM

Glad you enjoyed your trip. Makes me want to go back to Europe again as it's been a few years.

The water thing happens in Germany and Austria as well. I tried unsuccessfully with my limited German to get a glass of tap water on several occasions. Finally found out that you have to either ask for "stillwasser" or water "ohne gas". either way it won't be tapwater but at least it wasn't sparkling mineral water.

Posted by Calvin A. at August 15, 2012 10:13 AM

"suddenly there was yelling and cussing and hands thrown in the air like"

Dude it's Italy, if there ever was a sterotype for Italians that is it!

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, a little bit jealous.

I don't have much of a desire to ever go to Europe (the US has plenty to keep you busy over a lifetime, in my opinion) but if I did go to Europe, Italy would def be on my list.

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 15, 2012 02:46 PM

Welcome home. Sounds like a heck of a trip. You didn't miss a darn thing here.

On the condiments, I suspect Americans use them to hide the bland taste of our cheeses and lunchmeats. Turkey or chicken without SOMEthing on it would put you to sleep. I love barbecue and have heard of pitmasters who refuse to serve their food with sauce. They want you to taste the smoky meat instead.

Posted by George P at August 15, 2012 04:23 PM

So ... how many photos did you take? :)

Posted by PeggyU at August 16, 2012 04:38 PM

... wow.... Italy is definitely on my Bucket List.... sounds like you had a GREAT time!...

Posted by Eric at August 17, 2012 10:05 AM

Wow, that sounds like you had a lot of fun. I don't think I could handle the small cars. Althought my wife's new car is pretty small.

Posted by E.D.B. at August 17, 2012 10:48 AM

What a wonderful time to share with your family...memories for a lifetime, indeed.

(And those drivers are absolutely crazy. When I was there, my cab driver decided to go down the train tracks in a tunnel to go around the slow cars. Crazy, crazy drivers.)

Posted by Mrs. Who at August 18, 2012 08:28 PM

Hope you got to top of St Mark's with the Horese and could look out on the Square. Yes..The Driving! They are ALL on cell phone! Evreyrone is talking in a car. It was crazy trying to cross near the Victor Emmanuel Monument. Hope you tossed coins in the Trevi Fountain.

Posted by Quo Vadis at August 19, 2012 12:49 PM

Our trip to Ecuador was similar on the whole ice thing. We had ice once during our trip at a restaurant simpatico to "gringos". It was nice. When our friend picked us up from the airport we requested 4 Route 44 sweet teas from sonic. We needed the ice and the iced tea.

Water was the same. Agua con or sin gas.

We also chose to go to the local eateries and had the best food and experiences there.

We did not get to experience a bidet, but the free wi-fi at the parks almost makes up for it.

Posted by Amy at August 19, 2012 05:17 PM