Thursday, May 3, 2007

We are alive...and full of gelati!


We made it to Italy and are able to use the internet...the train ride from Switzerland to Florence was beautiful, the ALPS are something else.

Florence is bigger and busier than I (mark) expected. Rich with history, old and traditional, but yet upscale and modern at the same time. Watch out for the mopeds...they will run your ass over!

We saw the duomo, simply amazing architecture. Ate too much gelato, walked about the whole city, at least the touristy areas. Did not get to see david's wiener at the ACADEMIA museuem, but did make it to the UFIZZI with a tour by VINCENZO...and met up with him and his wife that night for drinks to thank him.

We did the wine tasting and cooking class today and it was the best thing we have done by far!!! There was only eight of us, and everyone had a great time. It was tucked away in the hills of tuscany, about a half an hour outside of Florence. We made pasta, drank vino, asked questions, drank vino, ate appetizers, drank vino, tasted olive oil, drank vino, ate fetticune, drank vino, .....BREAK....drank vino, JOE SPILLED VINO....drank GRAPPA...ate Gelato, and FINALLY drank CAFE (espresso) our driver was drinking and eating with us, but he must have a higher tolerance than us.

Tomorrow we leave bright and early for ROMA...see lots of sights and try not to get pick-pocketed.



Mark & MARIE

written by mark


tgeiser said...

Mar & Crew!

Sounds like you are having a blast! Wish I was there to have a birthday glass of wine and scoop of gelati with you tomorrow, but I have no doubt your b-day will be an incredible one!!! Enjoy and we'll celebrate and share stories soon!


Jodie said...


Happy Birthday!!!
Glad to hear you are all having a great time! When you get home let's get the guys together and have a drink to celebrate! Hope you're taking a lot of pictures!


susanmarie08 said...

FELIZ CUMPLEANOS MARIE!!!! Molly and I are in Nashville, being tourists. Everyone needs a little country in there Cinco de Mayo:) We will find a Mexican place and get a large Margarita in your honor! Have fun and enjoy!

susanmarie08 said...

oh silly me, too much country music and beer... i forgot to sign my name on that last comment:)

Adios! Susana Brown

Sarah said...

Happy B'day Mar!!! What a way to spend it! I bet you guys are having a blast over there!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!