Friday, May 28, 2010

The trip

Italy day 1,

The way was long. We woke up at 4am with like 3 hours of anxious sleep. We were on the road by 5am. The kids were generally good. Still, you can imagine the string on “are we there yet” questions, and “he’s touching me” and “he’s looking at me funny” garbage that can test the credentials of any parent (especially ones who have had only 3 hours of sleep). The only thing I can complain about is the price of food at the restaurants on the road way. Either pack your own food or take the time to go into the towns along the way. I felt royally ripped off at these truck stops.
We first drove through the Swiss Alps. It was a bit hazy and it’s hard to take a good photo when the car is moving 160 km per hour. I can not really fault Juergen for not stopping. There weren’t really many places to stop. It was a 10 hour trip with out stops. So I did what I could, and you’ll have to take my word for it…breath taking! The mountains are high, the lakes are green blue, and there are cows on the hills wearing the cute little cowbells. Beautiful. But Switzerland is expensive. It is a land of rich bankers. They charge you 40 Euros to drive on their roads. Italy also has toll roads. You need to be prepared to pay!

The area of Lucca is amazingly beautiful. We drove through Lucca. It is a medieval town with a very impressive wall. We will go back and tour the city. Our villa is high on the hill outside of Lucca. It took an hour of turns and curves to find the plaItaly day 1,

The way was long. We woke up at 4am with like 3 hours of anxious sleep. We were on the road by 5am. The kids were generally good. Still, you can imagine the string on “are we there yet” questions, and “he’s touching me” and “he’s looking at me funny” garbage that can test the credentials of any parent (especially ones who have had only 3 hours of sleep). The only thing I can complain about is the price of food at the restaurants on the road way. Either pack your own food or take the time to go into the towns along the way. I felt royally ripped off at these truck stops.
We first drove through the Swiss Alps. It was a bit hazy and it’s hard to take a good photo when the car is moving 160 km per hour. I can not really fault Juergen for not stopping. There weren’t really many places to stop. It was a 10 hour trip with out stops. So I did what I could, and you’ll have to take my word for it…breath taking! The mountains are high, the lakes are green blue, and there are cows on the hills wearing the cute little cowbells. Beautiful. But Switzerland is expensive. It is a land of rich bankers. They charge you 40 Euros to drive on their roads. Italy also has toll roads. You need to be prepared to pay!

The area of Lucca is amazingly beautiful. We drove through Lucca. It is a medieval town with a very impressive wall. We will go back and tour the city. Our villa is high on the hill outside of Lucca. It took an hour of turns and curves to find the place. It was scary…SCARY! It is on a small road made for a donkey. Today it’s a curvy two way road, and the locals race up and down it with very little thought of eternity! I guess they already prepared their hearts to meet God…at least I hope so. I was praying, and so was Juergen. When we found the place we thought…Oh no! It looked pretty rough on the outside. But inside it really is beautiful. There is amazing charm and great design. I’ll be taking photos for a week. The house had not been opened up all winter. It was damp and moldy. The heater doesn’t seem to work. This morning I opened all the doors and windows to let the air in. This helps alot.
Jessica is a little stressed about being in a new place. I slept with her last night. I didn’t get much sleep. She is starting to adjust. So, I’m going to join Juergen outside. It’s sunny and I have a view. We are hanging out at the villa, and will probably tour tomorrow.

ce. It was scary…SCARY! It is on a small road made for a donkey. Today it’s a curvy two way road, and the locals race up and down it with very little thought of eternity! I guess they already prepared their hearts to meet God…at least I hope so. I was praying, and so was Juergen. When we found the place we thought…Oh no! It looked pretty rough on the outside. But inside it really is beautiful. There is amazing charm and great design. I’ll be taking photos for a week. The house had not been opened up all winter. It was damp and moldy. The heater doesn’t seem to work. This morning I opened all the doors and windows to let the air in. This helps alot.
Jessica is a little stressed about being in a new place. I slept with her last night. I didn’t get much sleep. She is starting to adjust. So, I’m going to join Juergen outside. It’s sunny and I have a view. We are hanging out at the villa, and will probably tour tomorrow.



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