Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Florence and Sienna, Italy in Tuscany

The last leg of our trip was spent in Florence and Sienna! These are the pictures from that!

Rome, Italy

Our next stop was in Rome, Italy. All we can say is that Rome is amazing. It seems like every corner you go around there is something architectually amazing! For Mandy and I it was amazing to see all the Michaelangelo paintings in the Sistene Chapel as well as his marble statues he carved. We'd just read "The Agony and the Ecstasy" which brought it all to life. The kids did really well especially with all the walking we did. We rewarded them about 3 times a day with gelato!!!

Venice, Italy

The next day we spent in Venice enjoing the sites, food, shopping, water, etc. We were sooooo tired by the end of the day and the "water buses" were packing people in like sardines, so Kurt splurged and got us a "water taxi" which the kids thought was one of the highlights....that and feeding the pigeons......

Lake Bled, Slovenia and Gmund, Austria

On our way home from Austria, Kurt and Blake noticed a sign for a Porsche we got to stop and check out the cars! The boys LOVED it!!! We also took a detour over to Slovenia and stopped in Lake Bled, Slovenia for lunch and to view the gorgeous scenery! The lake was absolutely beautiful. The boats that we took across the lake are called pletna boats which are handmade and this type has been used since the 17th century.

Hallstatt and Salzburg, Austria

We just spent a wonderful vacation with our wonderful friends Kurt and Mandy Myhre and their kids Tag and Emma from Seattle, WA. It was their first time in Europe and so we went turbo seeing as many places as possible in 10 days! Our first place we visited was Salzburg (Mozart, Sound of Music, shops, etc.). We also visited Hallstatt which is one of the most gorgeous places on earth with the beautiful lake and mountains. We visited a salt mine also and had dinner in Bertchesgaden, Germany. Above are pictures of Salzburg and Hallstatt!