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I'm baaaaaaaack!

Discussion in 'OFF TOPIC' started by Sum1BTRthnU, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Sum1BTRthnU

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    Wow! What an incredible trip!

    So the obvious...I now have a wife. Some how I convinced her it was a good idea to say "I do".

    We spent 2 weeks in Italy...the first in a smaller city called Lucca, which is about an hour away from Florence, 30-40 minutes from Pisa. That part of the country was absolutely beautiful! The view from where we did our ceremony was just incredible. We stayed in a privately owned villa ran by an Italian man in his 30s. He is also a chef that studied under one of the guys on Iron Chef. He would cook for us when we wanted and it was the best food we've ever had.

    While in Lucca we did the perfect balance of sight seeing and relaxing. We saw the leaning tower of Pisa, went to Florence and saw David amongst other historical works of art, went for a hike at Cinque Terra, went to a winery for a private tour and tasting (probably one of my favorite if not THE favorite part of the trip), ate incredible food the whole time (including gelato everyday). I forget the name of the town we went to but you get to the coast and you can see the ocean with snow-capped mountains in the background.

    From Lucca we went to Venice. What an awesome city. We got off the train and our bed and breakfast was less than a block away and overlooked the grand canal. It's hard to imagine but it's actually really awesome spending three days in a city doing nothing but walking and taking boats everywhere. You don't hear ANY car engines, only the hum of people. The Doge's Palace and St. Marks Square were great sight-seeing there as well. The food there was mediocre and pricey, but the small streets and water canals more than make up for that.

    After Venice we went to Rome. The obvious attractions were just jaw dropping. To actually see things like the Colosseum and the Vatican in person is an experience in its own. We took a day trip to Pompeii and saw what was left of the ancient city that was devastated by Mount Vesuvius. On a side note of that, we were warned of pick-pockets at the big tourist areas, but the only time we truly felt unsafe was the train/subway station at Naples getting to Pompeii. The child beggers were quite disturbing.

    Rome offered plenty of more walking, great food, and more sights than we could get to.

    It was hard to leave and we can't wait to go back (thinking 5 year anniversary).

    If any of you have the means or a chance to travel to another country don't pass it up...by far the best idea we had as far as getting married!
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