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  • Day22

    Bye Bye Europe Hello Michigan

    November 9 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    We Spent our Final day in Europe with cappuccinos in Vienna and Red Wine in Frankfurt. We flew from Vienna to Frankfurt and spent the night at the Sheraton located in the airport. Dinner and wine at the hotel bar and early to bed for our flight home in the morning. We arrived at the airport early thank goodness. We had to stand in line for the VAT tax refund, then a huge line for border control. We made our way thru security and forgot there is only a snack shop. In true Klaus and Jill fashion we bought prosecco and OJ and made own mimosas with a pretzel 🥨 once again the yetis came in handy. We were able to get an upgrade to first class, going to be a smooth ride home 🏡Read more

  • Day20

    Afternoon in Bratislava

    November 7 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    We drove about an hour away to Bratislava for a food tour and sightseeing. We were able to visit three different restaurants and try local breakfast/brunch food. The first stop was a beautiful, charming cafe were we tried their version of french toast, bread with egg served with mustard and fresh bread with spreads. The next stop was a local market where we tried string cheese, a soft scone like thing with bacon, and two different cookies, one filled with poppyseed and the other with nuts. The final stop was a pancake shop, they are basically a crepe with lots of filling choices, very delicious but we were so full we couldn’t handle more than a bite. We said goodbye to our lovely tour guide Linda and hit the pavement for some exploring. We checked out the largest restaurant in Europe that used to be a monastery, a beautiful blue church and a cool modern restaurant called Gatto Matto Panska (amazing food). We headed back to Vienna, took a quick walk and called it a night. Off to Germany in the morning.Read more

  • Day16

    Vienna

    November 3 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Day 1 We arrived in Vienna pretty late, drove to the hotel and checked in. We left our luggage in the lobby and ran (quickly walked since they were closing soon) to a new restaurant called Stanko + Tito. The food was delicious and inspired from many eastern european countries. We got back to the hotel unpacked and unfortunately had to repack and switch rooms because the shower flooded the bathroom.😡 It was late and Klaus had to be up super early to drive 3 hours to a customer meeting (he was not happy).

    Day 2 - Klaus left his meeting and I had a pretty relaxing day, that included a lunch at a cute cafe. After lunch I made my way to the spa area for a massage. Klaus met me after for the sauna and steam room. We got cleaned up and went to a cool restaurant called Mama Lulu & Sons, all the food was amazing but the dumplings and cucumber dish were to die for. We chatted with a local couple we met before heading to a bar called Bruder that they had suggested checking out. The drinks were so amazing, they make all the alcohol themselves. We walked back and headed to bed.

    Day 3- We woke up grabbed a cappuccino to go and made our way to the very impressive Naschmarkt. We had a great time walking around and checking out all the local vendors. We stopped at one of the street vendors called Dr. Falafel and got our Middle Eastern food fix. We stopped at a beautiful wine bar/store called Wein & CO and enjoyed a glass of champagne. We spent the rest of the day walking a lot and exploring the different parts of the town including the large city center filled with shops and restaurants. The plan was to get cleaned up for our dinner but the day got away from us and we had to go to dinner as is. 😲 We tried Brazilian food at Kias Kitchen, our favorite was the tapioca squares with spicy guava jelly.

    Day 4- Woke up and went to Cafe Sperl (a super old traditional Austrian cafe) for our morning java. From there we walked to Un Petit Cafe for a cappuccino, it was sooo cute and literally the smallest cafe we have ever been in with a total of 2 tables. We grabbed the car and headed to Schönbrunn Palace for our guided tour. It is a breathtaking palace filled with so much history. Before we left, we had a glass of bubbly at the castle restaurant called Joseph II Heuriger & Vinothek. We drove back to the hotel and walked to Wein & Co, we had a few hours before dinner and decided to grab a small snack and samples some wines. The restaurant was in the main city square, so we bundled up and made the 30 min walk to a restaurant called, Lugeck. It is a modern restaurant which specialty is the Wiener schnitzel, we opted for the beet tartar and truffle burger (both were amazing). Our walk back to the hotel was beautiful with all the amazing buildings lit up.
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  • Day14

    54 Hours In Rome

    November 1 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Day 1 We woke up at 4:30am threw on some clothes and made our way to the Catania airport for Rome. (Sadly the balcony breakfast has come to an end 😢) We arrived in Rome and got picked up by a car service, first impression is how busy it is!!! We arrived at our hotel got changed and walked 30 minutes to a local market only to find out it is was closed for All Saints’ Day. We then ventured to the Jewish quarter and had fried artichokes, one of their specialties. It was super packed so we left and walked to an area closer the our place in Trastevere. We had an amazing lunch followed by more walking and sangrias. (Who would have known amazing sangria in Italy) We made our way back to the hotel and I took a nap while Klaus worked. After a little siesta, we changed and headed downstairs to a cute wine bar with tapas. We were both tired so off to bed in hopes of an early morning of exploring.
    Day 2 - Woke up and went to the roof top of our B&B for a cappuccino and croissant, not quit the same as Sicily but charming in its own way! 27,883 steps and 13.53 miles later we saw a lot 😂. The morning walk sadly started with a young man taking his own life by jumping off the bridge into the Tiber River. We arrived just after he jumped, he was floating face down and the water rescue and the entire Roman police force was arriving to retrieve his body. Sooo Sad 😞. First stop was the Pantheon, such a beautiful church. Second stop the Trevi Fountain, followed by a aperol and a slice of roman pizza. We passed by the Spanish steps for a quick photo opp before doing some shopping. After the shopping we stopped and had a wonderful lunch. Klaus left me and went back to the B&B for a couple of video calls. I decided to walk to Vatican City to see St Peter's Basilica, it was well worth the extremely long lines. Pictures don’t do it justice!!! Klaus met me outside the Basilica and we walked back to the shopping area to buy “Creed”. We put our hotel into our GPS only to discover it was a 40 minute walk back and our feet were burning. After finally convincing Klaus that maybe we should take an electric bike back to the hotel we couldn’t find one that was charged. 😂😂 We made it back, changed our shoes and walked (limped) to the restaurant I have been wanting to try and once again the line was around the block. (Like the craziest thing I have ever seen.) We went to the restaurant next door and thought the wine and bruschetta was terrible so we paid and left. We walked back towards the hotel to a restaurant the hotel had suggested and it did not disappoint!!! We went for a quick walk before heading back to the hotel and going to sleep.
    Day 3 - Woke up early, packed our bags, grabbed the rooftop cappuccino, checked out and made our way to The Arch of Constantine for the Colosseum tour. We had an amazing few hours seeing and learning about Rome’s history. We visited the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and ended at The Roman Forum. After the tour we rented E bikes and biked to a town called Testaccio that has a market with street food and vendors. We sampled amazing pizza and prosecco. We walked down the street and had lunch at Pecorinos before getting back on the bikes to the hotel. We dropped the bikes off and had a coffee at a local bar that Stanley Tucchi had visited. Klaus had a video call for work before the taxi picked us up for the airport. Off to Vienna, Bye-bye Rome.
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  • Day13

    Sicily Day 5 - Vineyards

    October 31 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Typical start to the morning with our croissants and cappuccinos on the balcony. Klaus headed downstairs to work for a bit while I showered and got ready for our day of vineyard tours! We drove about an hour to Gambini Vineyard, it is absolutely beautiful!!! The experience started with our sommelier showing us the vines, giving us the history behind the vineyard and explaining the type of grapes they grow and how they are grown. The grapes are unique because they are grown in soil that is rich in minerals from the volcano . We were seated at our table in the beautiful tasting room and presented with an amazing food and wine pairing experience. The wines were sooo good! Some of them are produced with the volcanic soil elements and some are produced from another location grown in the center of the island. We chatted with a nice couple from Australia before making our way to the next vineyard about 10 minutes away. This vineyard was called Emilio Sciacca, it had a very different vibe than the first one and is from the 1800’s. The history of the building and winery is fascinating, and the host is so knowledgeable, he made you really feel as if you could picture life back then. We definitely preferred the food and wine pairing at the first vineyard more but loved the history of this place. We drove back to the hotel and I rested for a bit while Klaus worked. We decided to take a walk and grab a light snack before packing up and heading to bed early in preparation for our flight to Rome the next day.Read more

  • Day12

    Sicily Day 4 Exploring Taormina

    October 30 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    We decided to explore Taormina today. As usual we had our cappuccino and croissant on the balcony before throwing on some workout clothes and hitting the pavement. We walked to the ancient greek outdoor theatre, it’s crazy to think about all the events including probably some deaths that took place there. The location provided amazing 360 degree views of the town below. They had a very nice cafe where we enjoyed a mimosa, homemade donut and a Sicilian specialty the arancini rice ball. After exploring for a bit we walked to the cable car and took it down to the beaches and town. We did not plan on spending the day at the beach and therefor did not have our bathing suits. We decided to make the best of it, rented chairs and hung out in our shorts for the afternoon. I got an amazing beach massage, ate lunch, walked on a cliff , and took a little nap. We packed up and walked to another beach with a famous island on it callled Isola Bella. We trekked back up the long staircase, and took the cable car back to the main town. A quick change of clothes and we headed to a restaurant for their famous pizza.Read more

  • Day11

    Sicily Day 3 - Catania and Mount Etna

    October 29 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    We had our morning cappuccino and croissant on our balcony before making our way to the city center of Catania. We arrived and parked a little ways from the center because it was bumper to bumper traffic. Along the way we passed a darling wine store, stopped and had a prosecco and chatted with the owners. We walked a little further and arrived at the market square, what a magical, bustling place. It was packed with people shopping the fish market, butchers, farmers, food vendors etc… We had a great afternoon walking, exploring and grabbing a charcuterie board. After the market we drove to Mount Etna which is the largest active volcano in Europe.
    Klaus navigated the winding roads to the little touristy town at the base of the volcano. We took the cable car to 7500 hundred feet, which is the highest you can go without a guide. Unfortunately it was cloudy so the views weren’t the best. We headed back to Taormina, grabbed some dinner, listened to live music at a street cafe and chilled at a lounge.
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  • Day10

    Sicily Day 2 (Exploring Messina)

    October 28 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    We woke up and enjoyed our cappuccino and croissant sitting on our balcony soaking up the sun and marveling at the view. Pure slice of heaven!! We decided to explore a couple of other towns today. Our fist stop was a small fishing town Torre Faro about 30 minutes from downtown Messina. We arrived at 2:30 starving and decided to eat at the first restaurant we came upon. We forgot that most all places close around 3 everyday day for a few hours. What an experience it was, we sat down right on the water and ate the only things on the menu, seafood and local wine. After our wonderful lunch we walked the tiny town to the light house and back. We drove thru another cute town at Lago di Ganzirri on our way to Messina but decided to not stop since most places were still on afternoon siesta. We arrived to downtown Messina and got lucky enough to get a prime parking spot right in front of the church in the town square. We walked around for a bit and happened to stumble upon a crowd of youngsters waiting in line for a place called Doctor Dick, of course Klaus and I grabbed a ticket and got inline also, we had to know what all the hype was. 🤣 So it’s a new donut concept which we learned from Brooke is tick tock crazy. The best part of all was the bar next door called LA SPRITZERIA, I think it was fate!!!!! We enjoyed our Aperol Spritzes and talked about how amazing it would be to have a concept like this in Florida. After a couple of failed attempts of getting into a restaurant for dinner, we found by chance the most darling place, but since they didn’t open until 8:15 we had thirty minutes for a drink at a local bar. The restaurant was beautiful with 2 people cooking and two others running the rest of the place. The experience was wonderful and the food was delicious!! We made the hour drive back to Taormina and called it a night.Read more

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  • Day9

    Sicily Day 1

    October 27 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    We woke up at 4:00am packed up and drove an hour to the airport for our flight to Catania Sicily. The flight was good and included a beautiful sunrise. Upon arrival everyone unloaded to only be stuck in front of a locked glass sliding door. The staff went cheerfully about their business while the entire plane full of people waited for someone to unlock the door. 🤣🤣🤣 “only in italy” A little over an hour later…. bags collected, car inspected, we hit the road for Taormina. The entire drive to our hotel was picture perfect landscape with winding streets that lead us to Hotel Villa Schuler, a beautiful historic hotel over looking the Adriatic Sea. We checked in, changed our clothes and hit the streets. It is straight out of a fairy tale. We had lunch a darling family owned restaurant and had a great conversation with the daughter whom was also our waitress. The rest of the day was spent walking and grabbing a Prosecco here and there. Sicily is known for their cannoli’s, so after a little research we walked to La Pignolata for one the best cannoli’s of my life. We changed our clothes for dinner and had an amazing meal at a small restaurant just down the street from the hotel, the highlight of the meal was the pistachio ravioli. After dinner we happened to stumble upon a cute bar with an amazing Jazz Trio playing. What we thought would be an early evening to bed ended up being an amazing late night of music and conversation.Read more

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