We had a great weekend with Mary and Paul this year. Everyone was able to go including Matthew, Nathan and Sydney. We arrived on Friday, Jan 19 and stayed for three fun filled days.
Saturday was skiing and boarding at Vail. It had snowed a couple inches that evening which made for great conditions. We skied the entire mountain; front-side, back-bowls, and big sky basin. It was a great day.
Mary and Paul took us snowshoeing at the Keystone Nordic center on Sunday. That was really cool. We hiked for nearly four miles. Some of the snow was very deep. Everyone had a great time.
Sunday we returned to Keystone to ride the mountain. The good news was the crowds were very small. We loved the Keystone terrain park.
Lynn and I took a trip to Colorado for Allison’s wedding. We arrived on Thursday morning and met up with Mike in Denver. We had a nice lunch and walk around the 16th Street Mall. Everyone did some shopping for souvenirs.
Early afternoon Lynn and I took the convertible Mustang up MT Evans; the highest paved road in North America. While Bob thought was great, Lynn was genuinely terrified. It was actually snowing at the top. The visit took a very long time so we drove to our hotel at the Keystone Resort.
On Friday, we slept in and went to the gym. Our brunch by Keystone Lake was very nice. Later we took a bike ride from Keystone to Dillon and back. It was a beautiful day!
Saturday took us to the top of Keystone Mountain for a great hike. Mike and Marie joined us which made it even more special. We took the gondola up and followed a guided tour around the top. The weather was great and everyone had a great time.
We couldn’t have asked for a better “last day in Italia”. The weather was in the 70s, sunny, and the Venice atmosphere was everything we expected–waterways, canals, hidden streets, cafes, shops, and tourists from every country in the world–many from the United States. We spent alot of time with a family from Atlanta–they were stopping here for a week before heading to Greece for one month!
The day started with a light breakfast in the morning room, then we all hit the walkways and waterways–we took a Gondola ride last night, two Grand Canal taxi rides today (one in the day, and one in the evening after dinner), visited shops, churches, San Marco’s Square, Rialto Bridge, and of course, the infamous Grand Canal. We had our last Italia pasta meals–and, are exhausted. Nathan has a very bad sinus infection–need to get him home so he can get to the doctor on Thursday. The rest of us are doing great, and very healthy, although, I think we are looking forward to our own beds and environment.
The water taxi picks us up at 6:45 a.m., and it is a 90 minute boat ride to the airport. Then off we go. We will be home Cincinnati time tomorrow night (Wednesday night) at about 10:00 p.m. Nathan has a request for real American food–either a cheeseburger or our American Indian dish at the local diner–He has already asked Matthew to have this cuisine waiting for him when we arrive at the house tomorrow night. We are to call Matthew before we leave Atlanta for our “menu” request. Guess he has had his fill of pizza and pasta, pasta, pasta……
We had planned to stay in Cinque Terre until Monday morning, but due to the storms last night, and the rain due today, we decided to take this day to drive to Venice. Today is our first cloudy day, and it is actually a bit of relief since now the rain has cleared the air, it is less hot and humid.
After a 4 hour car drive, and an hour boat ride, we arrived at our Hotel on San Marco. It is the most “American like” hotel we have been in since arriving in Italy, but still very European. Although there are no pictures of today since the majority was traveling, we will include them in tomorrow’s blog–but think “Gondolas”, waterways, ancient churches, and narrow streets. We also noticed that the dress is less touristy, and more “upscale” overall. A very old, but clean city.
Barry and Jackie stayed on schedule, and arrive here in Venice tomorrow mid-afternoon. We will meet up with them again for our last two days in Italy. A short update today, but look for more writing and pictures tomorrow.