Thursday, October 18, 2012

AphabeThursday - Italy, a pictorial view

Venice Grand Canal

We are currently on the Letter V for our AlphabeThursday.  I couldn't decided which word to use, so I decided to include two of my favorite places while in Italy: the Vatican and Venice.  They should both be on anyone's to-visit list.  



I've always wanted to go to Venice, and I got my chance this past May.  It was just breathtaking.  We spent two nights on the island and walked the canals, taking in all the wonderful sites.  This was at the end of our stay in Italy, before returning to the airport in  Rome.  

looking out on St. Mark's Basin
We made our way to the city by boat after parking our rented car on the mainland.  

 

Here's the whole gang, excluded me, the photographer: Mitch, Mom, Nicki and Judd.  Cute photo, eh?
 


The Vatican was exceptional too.  We went there on our second day in Italy.   I would recommend you book a tour for the Vatican, either before you get to Rome or when you first arrive there, since they are very popular.  Going on a tour allows you to past long lines of waiting tourists.  You receive headphones that your guide talks into.  And all the guides carry high flying flags, making it easy to follow them and listen as you go.  
 

 We basically spent the whole afternoon at the Vatican; our guide took us on a three hour tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.  She was originally from Detroit!  

Mom and Mitch in St. Peter's Square
There were about 12 people in our group: the four of us who flew in from Oklahoma (we met the rest of the family in the Hill Country) and some people from England, Australia and the Netherlands.  


When we left, we walked out through St. Peter's Square and by the Castel Sant'Angelo.




See other AlphabeThursday posts at Ms. Jenny's ...off on my tangent...



17 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I'm still envious of your trip :)
I love the photo of the boats lined up on the "street"! What a great time you must have had!!!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Beautiful pics! I imagine that the Vatican was fabulous -- oh to see the Sistine Chapel!

Karen S. said...

The whole gang shot was my favorite!

Karen S. said...

Live action shoot....that gang shot says it all! Very cool!

Monica said...

Oh, I love your pictures! I miss Italy! We lived there for 5 years and could just hop on a train and go to Venice whenever we wanted. I miss that! We went to Rome just once while we lived that, but I would have loved to go again.

What a fun time you must have had!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I so want to go to Italy some day!

jealous...

Sue said...

Oh, wow.

Just wow.

=)

Rose said...

Just beautiful! I always enjoy seeing your Italy pictures. Both of those places are definitely on my to do list if I ever make it to Italy.

BeadedTail said...

I just love your Italy photos! It's so beautiful there so thanks for sharing!

Jamie said...

Beautiful pictures and a great "V" post. I'm glad you had a chance to visit Italy.

Jim said...

I really liked your post, Deb. It has been a while since we've been to see your two "V" word places so your pictures helped bring back memories.

We've been to Italy quite a bit and have seen and liked pretty much all over. The Tuscany area is my favorite followed by the Cinque Terre and then Capri and Sorento. Sicily is nice too, the whole country, including its armpit, Naples, is nice visiting.
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Kalantikan said...

Oh how lovely, your beautiful shots remind me of my 3day stay in Rome but haven't been to Venice. Imagine myself, touring the ruins all by myself but i fully enjoyed it. I saw lots of tour groups like yours, sometimes i linger at their back to hear something from the guide, but i prefer my own walk having a book in tow! haha. The next two days someone already took me to other places to far by foot. Thanks for visiting my post.

Kathleen said...

What beautiful photos! Wow! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Gattina said...

Yes, Venice is a unique town. I have been there several times as it is not so far from where Mr. G's family lives.

Splendid Little Stars said...

How awesome this trip must have been! Oh how I'd love to go there!
(I went to Rome years ago but only for a few days.)
I love seeing your photos.
The photo of your group taking photos is quite fun!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Lovely pictures and trip! I haven't been there yet - but hopefully soon!

Jenny said...

How wonderful!

A lovely, lovely place!

I can see M&M's happiness in that picture! It must have been a glorious time.

Thanks for letting us tag along.

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