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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Europe rundown, part 1

We're home, and I'm so excited to share all the photos and memories of that amazing trip with all of you. I'm going to be that one obnoxious acquaintance who makes you sit and go through all their vacation photos. But since this is my blog, I can post photos mercilessly, and that's ok!

I think the best place to start the run down is just to go day by day. We flew into Milan and arrived at about noon. It was quite a long flight, but we managed to sleep enough so we were ready to go for the day. Steve has a good friend from long ago who is Italian and lives in Milan. Paolo met us at the train station and took us straight to the First Communion party for his little niece, Katrina. Oh, what a quintessentially Italian party it was!! Food, lots of hand gestures, noisy, lots of laughter, and a 95 year old Italian great grandmother--it was awesome!! Paolo had asked us to bring him some things from the States--pecans, canned cranberry sauce, and a rhubarb pie! We carried that bag from Village Inn all the way from Utah to Italy, and it arrived in perfect condition. The family ate it at the party, and truth be told, I don't think they were that impressed with rhubarb.

After the party Paolo, his girlfriend and their son took us all over Milan to see the sights. Statues everywhere,

the Galeria,

a famous mosaic of a bull in the Galeria. Legend has it that if you spin around on the bull's balls with your heel, you'll get your wish. Steve is always up for a spin on the bull!

The Duomo, inside and out.

Here I am, loving the Italian-ness of it all.

So much to tell, but it's late and I need to go to bed. Chloe gets her cast off in the morning. She's been so worried that the doctor will be mad at her because people have written on her cast. Heartbreakingly worried, despite all my reassurances.

It's been so wonderful to be back with my sweet little people. We've had a beautiful few days of lots and lots of lovin on them. So fun to be just with Steve, but it's even better to be back in the middle of life.

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4 comment(s):

How beautiful! I'm only a teeny tiny bit jealous. :)

By Blogger ascozyasspring, at 5:16 AM  

Welcome home! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I'm only a teeny bit jealous too.

By Blogger Amanda, at 10:02 AM  

Hi Becca,
I am homeschooling mom of three who enjoys reading your blog. Your pics of Milan are almost exactly like mine.LOL We too were in Milan recently. We may have just missed each other. We were there over Memorial weekend. I too couldn't resist taking a spin on the bull. We are stationed in Naples, Italy currently, but Milan was lovely. Take Care.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:36 AM  

Hi Stephanie, how funny that we were there at the same time! The only day we were in Milan was Sunday before Memorial Day--we just might have crossed paths at the Duomo. Do you have a blog?

By Blogger Becca, at 11:05 AM  

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