Monday, July 9, 2018

Venice, Italy

Monday, July 9, 2018







There will definitely be a lot of food pic posts from the trip. 

My diet consisted of seafood, pasta, pizza and gelato every single day!!!



It is painful writing these blog posts now because this trip was last week, and now I am home catching up on my blog posts. I am suffering from serious post-vacation depression. 

Venice is a very very beautiful city and unfortunately I was only able to experience it from the balcony of our cruise ship. I mean...when I say it like that no one feels bad for me, but what I mean is that I am bummed I couldn't walk the streets and ride on the gondolas!! I really wanted to experience Venice more, because it is such a unique city. Since I had to replace my stolen passport at the US Consulate in Florence, that meant skipping out on seeing the sites in Venice. However, like every unfortunate situation the common saying goes..."It could have been worse" and that is very true in my case. I can think of a million things that could have gone wrong and I am so thankful that my mom and I were able to pull off getting a replacement passport as efficiently as we did! We were scared we were going to miss the cruise ship departure in Venice. 

So...I was only able to see a brief overview of the city but what I did see was so beautiful and I am glad I have the pictures to remember it!!! 

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Florence, Italy

Friday, July 6, 2018









My whole passport debacle was an absolute head ache, but good experiences come from our misfortunes. While my whole family went along to Venice to tour the city for a day and catch our cruise ship, my mom and I had to make a little detour to Florence. It is a blessing and a bummer because Venice seems like an amazing city, but we had to stop at the US Consulate in Florence to get a temporary passport. I will have to say, Florence is also a beautiful city and I was just as happy to have been able spend the day there. My mom and I grabbed lunch (pasta and gelato of course) and we walked around the cute little town of Florence. We even stayed at this adorable hotel with a quaint courtyard in the backyard. 

We stayed in Florence for one night, then the next morning we woke up bright and early to make sure we got to the consulate before it opened, incase there was a long line. We had to hurry because we still had to drive to Venice to catch our cruise ship that departed at 5pm. The drive to Venice is 2 1/2 hours so we were stressed that there was that slight chance we weren't going to make it. I am not going to lie, it was a little comforting seeing other Americans at the Consulate who had also lost or had their passport stolen. It was like a lost/stolen passport support group. We were like, hi what's your name and how did you end up here? It made me feel less bad about my own stupidity. LUCKILY the consulate was super helpful and quick and my mom and I were able to make it out of there by 10:30 am. Plenty of time to check out of our hotel, grab our rental car and make the drive to catch out cruise ship. 

Looking back in hindsight, I think what a fun experience and time spent with my mom but of course in the moment it felt like a situation that wasn't going to sort itself out. But now I am writing this blogpost almost a week later and can be very thankful that everything worked out ok. 

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Roma Bellissima Città

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Day 1 and 2 were spent touring the city of Rome. 
We went to the Colosseum, Vatican and Trevi Fountain. 
Oh and ate so much gelato and pasta, of course! 












This Gelato was "next level gelato" 
I was like..."I will have a scoop of Nutella and Strawberry please" and the lady at the counter goes, "would you like a little whips cream with that?" 
And this master piece is what she came back with (lol)


Ice cream cone fail.
I don't know how you eat an ice cream come of that size...but whip cream was dripping non-stop. 


Day 1 of the trip was something else.....aside from how awesome all of the pictures look it has been a hectic couple of days. Traveling is so stressful. It is fun, but soooo stressful. The week before any trip, I am a crazy person running around like a chicken with my head cut off. It's stressful trying to wrap up everything at work, plus making sure all your ducks are lined in a row as far as travel logistics. There is always a lot to think about, and I am not sure I am a very good traveler. I owe all the kudos to my parents who handle just about EVERYTHING. 

Well....traveling went really smoothly up until the first day of the trip. We all got the airport on time, our fly was only slightly delayed and most importantly we all made it to Rome safely. Let's just say things were looking good. Until... Saturday morning at breakfast. I left my purse on my chair at the hotel restaurant while I went to go get my food and when I got back GONE. My wallet, my passport, ID and whatever else was in that damn bag... GONE. Loosing your passport is the absolute worse thing that can happen while you are in a foreign country and it has been a bit of a nightmare. I knew Rome had a theft problem, but I did not realize that your things weren't even safe in your hotel!!!!! 

Anyways....I am without money, without any form of identification....and no cell service so I am really hoping that I never get separated from my family. The last two days we have been calling the US consulate, trying to get through to figure out how to replace my passport. But, since it is the weekend...not a lot of luck. Currently it's Sunday night and my mom and I made a little detour to Florence, Italy. It is one of the few consulates in Italy that offers same day passport renewal. We are hoping that I am able to get a passport tomorrow, or I really don't know what I am going to do....stress, stress, stress. Aren't you suppose to go away on vacation to forget about that?

I have been doing the head slap for the last two days....keeping my fingers crossed....


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