Day 1: We rode the train from Venice to Florence. Walked around the city a bit taking it all in. Didn’t have any set plans this day. Walked 16,332 steps. 2 espressos. 2 gelatos. No Bag.

Day 2: Walking tour in the morning where we went to the Piazzale Michelangelo which has amazing views of the city, dell’accademia art gallery where Michelangelo’s original David statue is and walked around the Piazza del Duomo learning about some of the church’s history. After the walking tour we went to the Duomo museum, inside the church and baptistry, and climbed to the top of the bell tower. We also went and saw Ponte Vecchio which is where houses were build on a bridge. Now there are shops there.           Walked 17,856 steps. 1 espresso. 1 gelato. Our bag arrived! Sometime in the afternoon after we had left the hotel for the day.

View from Piazzale Michelangelo

Michelangelo’s original David statue

The Duomo

Ceiling inside the baptistry

View from the bell tower

Ponte Vecchio

Our bag arrived! There were so many tags on it.

Day 3: We took the train from Florence to Pisa which was about an hour away. We saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa and had lunch in the town before heading back to Florence. We went to the Boboli Garden, had delicious chocolate cake for snack and went to a tiny wine shop where we ended up buying olive oil and a bottle of wine to bring home. For dinner we ate at a little cafe that had happy hour which, started at 6pm, and included a drink and snack tray….super yummy. Walked 23,309. 4 espresso. 2 gelatos.

Chocolate cake snack

Boboli Garden

Wine Shop.

Happy Hour dinner. We got a ravioli dish too.



Our first stop was Venice. We flew from Denver to Newark and then we were supposed to go from Newark to Venice. Because of delays in Denver we ended up missing our flight in Newark and got rerouted on a flight to Germany then off to Venice. Because of this flight change our checked bag did not make it to Venice thankfully we had planned ahead and had emergency clothes in our carry-on so not a big deal assuming we would get our bag the next day.

Our first day in Venice we were very tired from travel and time change. We walked around a bit, took and nap and went to bed at 7pm. I think this really helped us adjust to the time change well.

We took a water taxi from the airport to our hotel.

The view from our hotel

Day two in Venice we had morning walking tour and the main attraction was St. Mark’s Basilica. We walked around the city, and did an evening gondola ride.

We had 2 gelatos each, Donny had 4 single espressos, and we walked 24,090 steps. And still no bag.

Anniversary Trip

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary Donny and I went to Italy! We went to three cities….Venice for 2 days, Florence for 3 days and Rome for 3 days. And while we were in Florence we took the train over to Pisa. We booked our trip through Gate 1 Travel, which was amazing, they took care of the flights, hotels, travel between cities and the guided tours we did. Highly recommend using them. We had the most amazing time on our trip, walked a ton (our main mode of transportation), ate gelato multiple times at day, had delicious espresso and cappuccinos daily (no Starbucks in Italy), and we can’t wait to go back and see more of Europe.

Our first gelato (coffee and lemon)



We got a bamboo plant for our deck. We needed to get some more plants for the deck….it was looking quiet boring and needed something. Donny suggested we get a bamboo plant and the little nursery near our house just happen to have one. We have had it about a week and there is already new growth.

This is when we first got it

One week later

4th of July

We went to Breckenridge for the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race. This is Donny’s 4th year racing and we had a great time. While Donny was racing Anna and I walked around downtown a bit, got lunch and sat in the sun waiting for Donny to finish. We had a great time! After we got home Donny and I had Smash Burger for dinner (we didn’t plan ahead with our dinner plans) and watched Fireworks out our bedroom window.