Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 48 DAYS
Well, a happy day to you!!
It's Friday here and not only is it warm but it is GORGEOUS outside!!!
I opted to sit out in my yard this morning to write my blog. The sun was shining upon me and the warmth of it felt delightful.
The girls want to go to the mall today - not my favorite thing to do, but their winter vacation break is almost over, so we'll do that.
I'm certain we'll get some gooeis to eat while there - there's always room for Baked by Melissa and smoothies!!
Tomorrow will be another barn day, and we'll end the weekend on Sunday, although we don't have any plans as of yet.
BACK TO TODAY...
Today I'm going to do something a little differently - I hope Tanya is ok with it lol.
We have been falling way behind in getting our blog posted each day of Tanya's Winter Wonderland Tour because of the difficulty she's been experiencing in Europe with the wifi.
I've waited for her to send me all of her pictures and text for the day via email, so that I could post for her, but then we run into a major time difference issue, and as a result, we don't get things published till the next day.
Today, I'm going to publish regular time and I strongly recommend you check back later in the day (or evening) when Tanya's scoop is here.
First things first - if you missed yesterday's blog, here it is:
As for today, well, she is in one of my favorite cities in the world -- Venice!!
Oh my heavens, the way my heart stopped when I exited the train station in Venice via Florence for the first time!!
That was back in August 2014, with my mom and my kiddies.
It truly felt like we were in a movie or having a fake experience...the water taxies, the buildings surrounded by water, the canals, the muted colors all around. I lost my heart in Venice and I will have to go back again!!
This past August, Tanya and I reminisced about Venice - what memories
EARLY MORNING WALK ON THE RIALTO BRIDGE WITH MY BEST GIRL (c) travelincousins.com
VIEW FROM THE RIALTO BRIDGE (c) travelincousins.com
IN FRONT OF ST. MARK'S BASILICA (c) travelincousins.com
QUINTESSENTIAL VENICE!! (c) travelincousins.com
Can I tell you one of my biggest dilemmas? As you know, Tanya and I have a trip planned to to Croatia next Summer - June 2018, to be exact.
In case you are not aware, Italy and Croatia are separated by the Adriatic Sea, and because so much of Croatia is coastal, it's not surprising to learn that there are lots of ferries shuttling back and forth between Italian and Croatian ports every day.
So, by this point - I"m sure you know where I'm headed lol.
Although there are a number of Ferries connecting various cities of Croatia to Italy respectively, if Venice is the destination, then it's possible to arrive via the following ports in Croatia: Ferries: Mali Losinj, Piran, Pula, Rovinj, Porec and Rabac .
Our itinerary, thus far, only includes Croatia and Venice would be a little afterthought thrown into the mix and of course, require a slightly longer trip in terms of days. Oh! What to do!!!
We would have to make arrangements for our car, since this ferry route is passenger only.
But, hey, if the destination is Venice for a day or two - I think we could live with ditching the car!!
My cuz and I have tons to work out for this trip!
Now, since it's Foodie Friday - let me leave you with a few delights we enjoyed while in Venice!!
VIEW WHILE DINING ON OUR LAST NIGHT IN VENICE (c) travelincousins.com
Here's to the start of a wonderful weekend!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: VENICE, ITALY
From the Dolomites to Venice!
Good Day Folks!
Happy Friday and GREETINGS from Cortina d'Ampezzo!
It's snowing right now, and yesterday regardless of the lack of snow we went and hit the slopes - skiing under the mighty and majestic Dolomites!
I booked us just outside of the village in a ski in - ski out hotel right on the mountain and we woke up to beautiful blue skies that served as a gorgeous backdrop for these drastically vertical and rocky mountains.
(See Pics Below)
Once we were out there it was evident that the conditions weren't all that great - spotty and in some places we were skiing through slush - total Spring like conditions in February - eww. Unlike some, I really can't stand Springtime skiing conditions. But it was hard to compete with the insanity of skiing amongst and beneath the Dolomites!
Luckily we quickly learned what runs were slushy and which had fair conditions - I'm not gonna lie - there were no great conditions out there yesterday. That is most likely changing as I type and as the snow continues to fall.
The weather had changed a bit and the fog had rolled in, we were skiing above the clouds and it was all quite mystical.
About mid-day we opted to don our skis for a bit and head on up to the observation points of Tofana - which in the summer you might recognize from the 1993 Sylvester Stalone movie - Clifhanger.
Another movie that used Cortina and the Dolomites as a backdrop was yet another James Bond movie - For Your Eyes Only (if you have been following along, you'd recall that On Her Majesty's Secret Service was filmed at Schilthorn and that we toured there last week). Seems like we are following in the footsteps of James Bond movie locations.
After checking out the insane views we went to a traditional mid-mountain Refugio to have lunch. During our meal we watched the fog roll in once again, taking away our sunlight and bringing a chill to the air.
Once we had finished we hit the runs once again and stayed very close to one another a we could barely see too far ahead. Eventually making the last lift and our last run right back to our hotel.
It was a lovely day, followed by dinner in the village.
As far as today goes we are spending the morning in Cortina and then come lunchtime (when the locals take 3 hours and close up shop) we'll be heading to Venezia!
NOTE : I seem to finally have a wifi that is up and running properly - however moving pictures around on this page is still proving to be an issue. I apologize for the pics not being placed where they were intended. Please enjoy them.
Oh dear Venezia....I'm back! This is a return visit for both Dave and I (although we both visited separately in the past) and a first time visit for the kids.
What better time to go than during Carnival!
DID YOU KNOW: Venice's famous carnival takes its name from the Latin carnem levare or carne vale - the farewell to meat - that works for us!! I said my farewell to meat back in 1988 (totally aging myself here - lol).
Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 tiny islets packed closely together around canals in a lagoon protected from the Adriatic Sea by a long strip of land called the Lido. There are no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.