Chris' mom and Dad visit: Italy and France

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

In September, Chris' mom and dad visited. It was off to Italy through Switzerland. Melanie joined us in Venice and Vincenza for a four day weekend in the two week trip.

Here is what Chris' mom Martha had to say about the trip:

"We hit a number of high spots on our trip to northern Italy and Bordeaux and Champagne country in France.

Bellagia is a beautiful resort town in the Lake Como region. Then on to Florence where we saw several of its famous landmarks -also many tourists and much traffic. There is surely only one Venice! It surpassed our expectations - all those old, old buildings - although some are pretty crumbly. Everything is done by boat - ambulance, police and laundry pickup. Often the water comes right up though the pavement and people have to wear boots and walk on planks. Of course, we took a gondola ride.

Verona and Vincenza had many less tourists. Verona has a beautiful town square. We had our rainy weather in those towns. Nevertheless, we really enjoyed a number of museums and quite a few goodies from an outdoor market. The umbrella Jim bargained for came in handy!

They were harvesting the grapes when we were in Bordeaux and Champagne country. That added a lot to the local flavor. We had a roadside picnic and stayed next to a vineyard. All in all, it was a great trip."

Chris and Melanie have lots of travel planned for 2006 so stay tuned.

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