Venezia (Venice) and Verona

We recently went on a quick trip to Venezia (Venice) and Verona. It was a very pleasant experience and one that we fully enjoyed.

Before sharing the things we did and saw, I would like to recognize what a great job Venice’s law enforcement did recently. The day before we left for Venice (30 March 2017) was a terror scare. We learned that a few men had threatened to destroy the Rialto Bridge, which is the most popular bridge in Venice, because of the pride they felt after the London attack. Luckily, the police were able to intercede prior to anything happening, but I did question the intelligence of us going. However, as Nick said, this is probably the best time to go due to higher security that would be in place. We went along with our plans and everything turned out just fine.  Continue reading “Venezia (Venice) and Verona”


Monaco, Nice, and Cervinia!

This post will be a bit of a compilation of places we visited on the weekend of 8-11 December. On 8 December, the Italy observed the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In other words, Nick had a long weekend, so we decided to go the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) for a couple of days.

Thursday, 8 December 2016:

After a couple of hours driving, we entered France!

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Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso – Orco Valley

Saturday, 6 August 2016:

A few Saturdays ago we went to a national park here in Italy called Gran Paradiso. It is a mountain in the Graian Alps. Sharing its beauty with France, the park on the other side of the border is called Parc national de la Vanoise (Vanoise National Park). Unlike national parks in the U.S., we did not have to pay an entrance fee, which was a nice little surprise. Gran Paradiso is split into five different valleys. We focused on the Orco Valley for this trip. One of the villages that connects to the Orco Valley is called Ceresole Reale. As we entered this little village, we were greeted with this sight…

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Lago di Como (Lake Como)!

Saturday, 9 July 2016:

One of the most famous lakes here in northern Italy is Lago di Como (Lake Como). It is the third largest lake in Italy (after lago di Garda and lago di Maggiore). We have heard from several people how beautiful and relaxing it can be here at this Y-shaped lake. Therefore, we decided to make a day trip here with Zoey!

Below shows where we are in respect to where lago di Como is. The second picture shows the two villages we explored (Bellagio and Varenna).

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