Hope all is well out there. We just got back from our tour of Italy (Venice, Florence, and Pisa). It was beautiful and the weather was fantastic. Above our just a few of our thousand pictures!!
Driving through the Alps in Switzerland was amazing - can't believe how many tunnels there are!! We drove through the longest tunnel we have ever been through something around 17 km :-) Brenna started announcing when we were going through each tunnel. I will now think of Switzerland as the land with the Alps and tunnels, lol!! Venice was amazing (this may be my favorite word of the post!) - loved the buildings, water, and shops. The hotel was awesome and they really loved Brenna there. Wish I would have thought about the water and mosquitoes - Brenna and Dustin got eaten up. Brenna has the most awful reaction to the bites - they get puss filled and burst pretty quickly when they are on her face - and she got about 5 (including two on her nose and one on her ear). We rode a gondola - expensive, but once in lifetime experience (too bad Brenna won't remember it!). I'm sure Brenna would have been just as happy riding any boat - she loved the faster taxi to the Murano glass factory. Our hotel was just a short walk from San Marco square - so I got some great sunrise pictures. Dustin was even able to get two runs in on the island. Venice is an easy place to get lost in and we had a great time just wondering along the streets (and eating Gelato for Brenna) :-) After 3 great days in Venice, we drove to Pisa and Florence. We just had a quick stop in Pisa - just enough time to get about 100 pictures (or more) of the leaning tower, lol :-) We had one full day in Florence and we think we did a pretty good job making the most of it. Of course, Brenna enjoyed more Gelato and our hotel was again just a short walk from everything. We went early and saw the Statue of David and one of the churches close by (it had several names - I think Duomo was one). We walked across the famous bridge there (it was neat with all the goldsmith shops) - and then walked to a museum with outside gardens for Brenna. It had amazing views of downtown Florence and was a good energy killer for Brenna. I think Brenna found the only merry-go-around in downtown Florence and of course she really wanted a ride :-) It was some long car rides, but everyone did really well :-) I got great pictures of all of us (today looks like my day with Brenna - I will have to post Dustin and Brenna's great pictures tomorrow).
Well, that is it for today - hope you enjoy just a few of our pictures :-)