Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I can't believe it has been almost a month.  Maybe it is because I finally finished unpacking.  
There is so much I want to remember that I have been avoiding a post.  I am a wimp that way.
This was my first time in Italy.  I had no idea what to expect.  Once upon a time I was young and had no fear of going to weird places and sleeping in gross hostels (or on beaches or park benches or wherever).  But now I am pregnant, and old, and well, a wimp.  Karl had been a couple times before so, with the help of his Italy pro brother, he planned the adventure.

On the flight to NY, they didn't feed us.  By the time we got to NY, we were starving.  Well, we thought we were.  So much that we spent $60 on lame food.  We kept laughing.  We obviously bought too much.  Every time we felt like we were buying an expensive meal in Italy, we would say, "Hey, it's cheaper than the JFK airport."
You know how you hear about something for as long as you can remember and then when you finally see it, it seems kind of weird?  That was the was it was for me and the Leaning Tower.  We hiked to the top.  At least for me it was a hike.  Here is Karl in front of the o so famous building.  I wanted him to pose where it looks like he is pushing the building up.  Along with the 50 other people doing it.  He grudgingly did so.  Getting him to pose it one thing.  Posting it is another.  Here is me and baby #3 at the top.

Things I learned the first day:
-I love Rick Steves.  His book had all sorts of good information that seriously helped the trip. Above is one of the sights we definitely would have missed had it not been for good ol' Rickie.
-I love to eat gelato in Italy.  Crema de Grom at a chain place called Grom was my favorite.  I ate it like 5 times (If you know me, you know I'm not kidding).  Here is a shadowy picture of Karl showing my favorite.
-I love to eat delicious food.  When it comes to sight seeing, my energy level is seriously limited.  But when it comes to finding a great place to eat, suddenly I am willing to walk miles.  


Lindsay said...

Oh my heck, I am so looking forward to your Italy posts, Christina! (No pressure or anything.) I have never been, and probably won't be going for quite awhile(hopefully someday though!), so I'm excited to hear about and see your experiences. :) So far, it looks amazing!

Jamie said...

Wow! It has always been my dream to go to Italy. So awesome.

pamela said...

oh wow, i'm so happy for you that you got to go! that's so awesome. i hope there will be more posts about it.

**i'm the same way. vacations for me are mostly culinary.

Abbigail said...

So happy you got to go to the top of the tower. When I have been there it was closed and the second time it was being restored. I have never been to the top.
I do love the baptistry there and the cemetery is awesome. Do not like all of the vendors, but I do love the people holding up the tower for photos. So funny!
Wish I had seen the Haring painting. Good old Steves. Guess I had better get some of his books for next time.
You look much too adorable for just coming across the ocean and missing sleep.

Malea said...

It seems less leany than what I imagined.

I love gelato. I would adore real Italian gelato. I'd walk 500 hundred miles, then I'd walk 500hundred more for good gelato.

Nikki said...

Oh so jealous!!!! You look fantastic by the way.

Liz O. said...

Aaaack! Had you already been on your trip before swimming lessons? I would have talked your ear off about it! I have to agree that I would go much farther for a good eat than sightseeing-- can't wait to hear more about yours! I've never been, but it's on my list of places to go, as for everyone. But you have done it! Yay! You are such a trooper to do it preggers. Yet another thing that makes you awesome.

Liz O. said...

By the way, Rick Steves DOES rock the casbah in his own nerdy way. I heart him.


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