Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Blog Site

New Blog Address:  MoonVentures.wordpress.com

I have created a new blog site for all our future postings. A couple of reasons for this move - the problem I had with this site switching over to Italian when we were in Italy, I was unable to post (couldn't read Italian and was just too frustrating). Second, I got complaints of the inability to make comments when didn't have a google account.

So, after using my wordpress blog backup for Italy, I discovered that it worked a whole lot better and made my life a little simpler, plus now I expect to get lots of comments from my viewers on my posts. (Please note that comments can be made anonymous, with your name only(preferred so I know who is posting) or with email. The comment will not be posted until I approve it to prevent any comments to show that are not appropriate).

This site will remain available for all my old posts. Just too much information on this site to get rid of it.

So please go over to my new site (nothing really posted yet except some test posts) MoonVentures.wordpress.com and signup to follow my new site to know where we might be heading next.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Italy Final Day

These two weeks went by so fast - I can't believe that the last day happened so soon. The last trip we head north of Milano to a another small resort town of Como on Lake Como. It takes a little over 2 hours to arrive and we get aboard a private boat to take a tour of the lake. There are many famous people who own many of these mansions.






After the cruise and about an hour to wander around town, we load back on the bus to go further north across the border into Switzerland to another small resort town of Lugano on Lake Lugano. We had 2 hours to walk around and enjoy many delights such as Swiss chocolate.





 Both Como and Lugano turned out to be both quite cute pleasant towns that we enjoyed. Now we can say that we have been in Switzerland also.

Being our last day, we had our final group dinner at a great restaurant that presented a five course meal. Needless to say, we went back to the hotel quite content. We all said our goodbyes to the people  we have shared the past 2 weeks with. It turned out to be a great group, small and quite fun. We had a wonderful tour guide that made sure everything took place without a hitch. Both Jim and I had a wonderful trip, was extremely satisfied with Perillo Tours and all accommodations. So glad we decided to go this route versus going on our own. We saw the highlights of Italy with no stress.

Saturday we took a taxi at 5:30am to the Linate airport to catch our 8am flight to Rome to catch our flight home connecting through Atlanta. We had absolutely no problems getting out of Italy, in fact it went so well that we had so much waiting time. But getting through customs in Atlanta was quite the hassle. The lines were long, took over an hour to get through customs then security again to walk a long ways to our gate for our flight to Tucson. But we made it home after 24 hours. Needless to say we were a bit tired. I really don't want to get on an airplane no time too soon again. But even with the traveling, overall we had a wonderful time, but I'm glad to be home.

On to Milano

Water taxis took the group back to the bus as we leave Venice behind. On our way to Milano we have a stop at Sirmione a small town on Lake Garda. It's a small resort town that is quite cute, but also a tourist location. The Scaliger Castle stands guard at the entrance to the small town. We did not go inside.


Typical look of the area.
There were gardens all over some with beautiful flowers.
 Of course we had to have our daily dose of gelato.
After walking around this town for a couple of hours, we continued on to Milano. Once in the city, we picked up our guide who took us through the famous La Scala Opera House. We got to see a rehearsal in process, so did hear some singing.




Then we walked through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the world's oldest shopping mall. It was designed in 1861 and built between 1865 and 1877. Now it contains the world's most expensive shops.



Coming out the other end of the Galleria is the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) which is quite impressive. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete and is the largest church in Italy (St. Peter's Basilica is larger but that is not in Italy but in the State of Vatican City) and third largest in the world.


 The piazza in front of the cathedral was just filled with pigeons.


We had another opportunity to celebrate our anniversary as the hotel had a bottle of champagne waiting in our room when we arrived.


After enjoying a glass of champagne we joined the group for dinner at our hotel. To me Milan doesn't have much to offer in regards to beauty, as most of the city is more modern. I guess the city was heavily bombed in WWII so most of the historical buildings are gone. Another long day.

Venice Day 2

Got home last night so am able to post on my normal blog site. So I will try to get all my posts up to date asap and am glad to be able to do it under my Moon Ventures Blog.

My last post over on SomeWhereOverTheMoon.com blog was our first day we arrived in Venice, so I will continue with day two.

We started the morning with a visit to a glass blower factory on another island out of Venice. It was interesting to see how glass items are made, it's such an art. We saw a demonstration then went to the showroom to make purchases. We didn't find anything we couldn't live without even though there were many pretty items. Then we took the boat taxi back to Piazza San Marco where we met our tour guide.




The Hotel Monaco (where we are staying) is just off of Piazza San Marco on the Grand Canal.

Our tour of the church of St Mark and buildings connected to the church was beautiful, but by now we have seen so many churches and told so much history, that I'm afraid everything the guide told us went in one ear and out the other. But the buildings were beautiful. As usual, no pictures were allowed inside the church.








We had free time after the tour, so Jim and I just walked around to get exercise and just experience this unusual city.




Another full day in Italy. Ended with another fabulous group dinner at a nice restaurant which once again ate too much. These 5 course Italian meals start growing on you.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

All Posts

Remember to go to SomewhereOverTheMoon.com for our posts while we are in Italy.

Monday, August 28, 2017

When In Rome ...

Sorry, but unable to get this blog to work here in Italy, so go to my SomewhereOverTheMoon.com blog site to see my posts. There is a link on this sight to get there.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Day 2 Golf

Saturday we decided to go for another round of golf since the forecast had very little chance of rain. So we headed over to Bison again (only 3 miles from the cabin), but they were quite busy so decided to go across town quite a ways to Silver Creek Golf, which we got on right away (1:10pm). We've played Silver Creek several times in the past and the fairways are more to our liking (wide). The day was beautiful, sunny with some puffy clouds around 78 degrees.

The front 9 went quite well, even though it was a bit slower play than we like. Beautiful scenery with green everywhere.
Making the turn as we go to the 10th we noticed dark clouds off in the distance and didn't think it would get to us. We still had gorgeous blue skies. As we played through to the 16th hole, the sky kept getting darker and started to sprinkle on the 16th green. Got to the 17th green and it started to rain, so pulled out our rain jackets again. By the time we got to the 18th tee it was hailing - time to head in. Got back to the Lincoln, threw the clubs in the car, took the cart back and headed home. We drove slowly through torrential downpour, thunder, lightning and hail to get back to the cabin.

What do you do when you get rained on again on the golf course? Sit in front of a blazing fire with a glass of wine and watch golf on TV.
We have a new addition to our art - Mr. Lazy Bear is now resting over our bed. I finished this 30x40 painting last week just in time to take up on this trip.

While we were up at the cabin getting rained on, we received 1.4 inches of rain at home in Tucson. Everything is just so green. I could go for a couple of days rain free though.