We just returned from our Italy trip. We had a wonderful time! Steven, Declan, and I stayed with my friend Brenda in Vicenza and were able to explore the region at the perfect pace for our family. The weather was a typical northern Italian winter, with temperatures in the high 30s and rainy/cloudy. We explored a local mall and went food shopping Italian style (they have wonderful fresh produce!). Steven and I ventured off to Verona for the weekend and left Declan in the capable and spoiling hands of Brenda. We took the city bus tour (the best way to see any city) and admired the view from the seats in the Arena.
Saturday night we had a fantastic dinner at a little restaurant downtown. We had an appetizer of grilled eggplant, mozzarella, and tomatoes which was out of this world. Steven had pasta figoli (bean and pasta soup) and I had homemade tortollini stuffed with pumpkin and mushrooms. By far the best thing we tasted on this trip was the coffee! We hope to get back to Italy soon, maybe even during this upcoming year. Steven would really like to see Florence, and we loved the welcoming feel we got in the country.