A Whirlwind End to a Beautiful Trip!

Hello all, This will be my last blog post from overseas, but I may wrap up with a summary after my return and a long nap! Last time I wrote we were visiting Karolin in Dresden, Germany. What a beautiful place! Thank you, Karolin, for showing us around your city. We left Dresden and traveled by train to Cologne to visit Chris, our second exchange…

What Happens When You Are Too Busy to Blog!

We have been very busy and therefore have had no time to share our adventures with all of you! Last time we wrote we were heading off to Lyon, France. What a gorgeous city! We enjoyed touring around the city and seeing all of its splendor with Yvan. His parents and friends met up with us that night to see the fireworks display for Bastille…

France – My Lifelong Dream

When I was in high school, I really wanted to go to France with the school French club, however, it wasn’t meant to be at that time. Since then, I have had a dream to visit this wonderful country and practice my French! My dream has come true! After our amazing visit in Paris, we rented our tiny little Fiat 500 (I will spare you…

Paris!

We went into the city the whole day yesterday. We started off with going on a bus tour that took us all around Paris. We stopped at Sacre Coeur and climbed up the stairs to see the church. After that we got back on the bus and headed back to the Eiffel Tower. From there we got on an hour long boat tour that showed…

Overwhelmed in Italy!

On our way to Rubens' small town, we ran into a lady who needed help navigating her way to Venice by train.  Rubens was so helpful to her and helped her figure out that the train to Venice was sold out.  He helped her arrange to go elsewhere by train and she rode with us for a bit on the train until she arrive in…

I love ice cream . . . I mean Milano!

The last couple of days were wonderful and HOT and complete with yummy food! We arrived safely in Milano yesterday morning and have spent the last two days visiting this lovely city with our lovely Rubens! I’m not sure I could have done Milano without Rubens. He has been a great tour guide and has helped us with being able to get information quickly, which…

Gratitude In Route

I have so many people to thank for this amazing opportunity! The list is too long to go into individually, so suffice it to say that I am grateful to all those who are hosting us, all who helped me get ready, my daughter for accompanying me (hahahahaha), and my husband and son for holding down the fort back home! Bob, take care of my…

Real Pizza!

Today we were in Milan. We started our day off with going to Duomo. We were outside of the church, but unfortunately we couldn’t go in because they have a strict policy of what you have to wear and I had a tank top on. Later we went to lunch and had our first real Italian pizza. It was very good, but I shouldn’t have…

Getting Ready!

Crystal and Emily are almost ready to visit our European partners! I don’t think they’ve done any packing yet, but hey, there’s still a week to go!   Check back soon for updates!