Life Abundantly

“It will be a joy going to the mountains, but there will be plenty of work.” C.S. Lewis

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Our second to last Italian destination, Verona (June 28-30), offered Roman ruins, pleasant views, and an open-air Opera! La Traviata’s three hour performance was stunning. Last stop: Roma!


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We arrived to the dream world of Venezia and had two days to explore, June 26-28. A serious crossroads of culture! My favorite thing was the most magnificent gold-gilded tile mosaics inside and out in the Cathedral. And, of course, a gondola ride!

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We spent four magical days in the historical epi-center of Firenze, June 22-25. From the Uffizi Gallery (Boticelli’s!) and the Academia Gallery (the David!) to the palaces of the Medicis, to the Ghiberti Doors of Paradise, and to the Duomo itself. The stuff dreams are made of.

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Tuscany and Cinque Terre


We spent an amazing week (June 15-21) touring around Tuscany! We arrived on Saturday, wine tasting in the country on Sunday, Sienna on Monday, San Gimignano on Tuesday, Florence on Wednesday, and Volterra on Thursday. Tuscany is truly its own world – and a magical one at that!

Then, in one very long day, we drove a few hours to the coast and visited Cinque Terre on Friday. We walked the 2.5 hours from Monterrosso al Mare to Vernazza. The views were incredible! And a stop for dinner and pictures in Pisa.


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Austrian Alps



For the last leg of our Europe 2013 trip, we will be traveling around Italy for three weeks. The first week was with my aunt and uncle from the Netherlands – so we took a little fourteen hour road trip to Tuscany! We did split it over two days, hence the overnight in Austria! Swoon.