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  • Day21

    Nuremberg

    June 7 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Day 1 - Arrived in Nuremberg after a 2.5 hour car ride, checked into the hotel and got cleaned up. We walked around for a bit and decided on some traditional german food for dinner at a mid evil
    restaurant. Early to bed, Klaus starts his first day the the exhibition tomorrow.

    Day 2 - Klaus woke up early and started his day, I got ready and explored the town getting my steps in. I did some shopping for a pair of jeans after realizing the weather was not as warm as Croatia or Italy. I had a relaxing evening reading my book at a Cafe with a couple of Aperols. Klaus had a team dinner and got home later in the evening.

    Day 3 - Klaus had his first day of the exhibition. I woke up and walked to the main city center where I started my day with the fluffiest cappuccino I have ever had. I boarded a cute little train and did the narrated city tour. After the tour and a 25 minute walk I grabbed an iced tea from a cute little coffee shop in a residential area. I then got an amazing massage at a Thai massage studio. Back to the hotel for my dinner with Klaus. Klaus picked me up from the hotel, 1st stop new shoes, the pair we bought in Italy hurt his feet. After finding new shoes we went to the restaurant by the water that I had discovered during my tour, only to be told it was going to rain and we couldn’t sit outside. We ended up at a tapas restaurant were we enjoyed some food and a bottle of red wine. Ironically Klaus’s team from work chose the same place so I was able to talk and get to know some of them. We walked back to the room and headed to bed.

    Day 4 - Klaus woke up, got ready and brought me some orange juice and a croissant before he left to the exhibition. I got dressed and ready for my adventure of driving and exploring the town of Rothenburg an der Tauber. The drive wasn’t to bad, it took about an hour and I managed to following the german signs and laws without fail. Unfortunately it was raining when I arrived. I parked and made my way to a cafe for a cappuccino and to warm up. The rain let up and I enjoyed my afternoon exploring the charming town. I made my way back to the car, put the Nuremberg hotel in the gps and set off for the drive home. Forty minutes into the drive it all went to shit, the freeway was closed and everyone had to exit. What should have been an hour ride back turned into 3.15 hours. I was exhausted and feeling a little under the weather, I opted to not meet up with Klaus and some colleagues for dinner and watched movies in bed.

    Day 5 - Klaus left for the final day of the exhibition. We both woke up with the sniffles and a little headache, so I lounged around for a bit before getting cleaned up and ready for the day. I took a scooter and went and explored another residential area and a vintage t-shirt store for Bryce. I made my way back to the hotel, put the bags away and headed to a Cafe for lunch. I spent the afternoon reading, and having an aperol. Klaus met up with me later when his day had finished up. We walked and explored for a bit before making our way to the long anticipated mid evil who that we signed up for. Upon arrival and being seated we were told it was canceled for the night. 😞😞 We walked for a bit and decided on an Italian restaurant for dinner. After dinner we walked back to the hotel only to realize I lost the room key. We had to call and wait 20 minutes for a staff member to drive to the hotel to let us in. We needed to login to the E MED website to take our covid test for tomorrow s flight. I went first, and tested positive. Total turn of events!!! 😢😔 Klaus called the airlines and changed our flight to return on Tuesday instead, the first day the testing requirements would be lifted. Off to bed, we both don’t feel good.

    Day 6 - We checked out of the hotel and switched to one down the road that had air conditioning and a balcony for the next few days. What a crummy end of the trip, didn’t feel well at all.

    Few days later- We were starting to feel better and needed to make our way back to Frankfurt for the flight the next day. First stop Fürth, walked for a bit and grabbed an aperol. Next stop, an amazing town called Würzburg, we walked around and visited the famous bridge where everyone enjoys the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a glass of wine on the bridge. We loved the vibe and scenery and definitely will be back to explore it more including the castle. We had dinner at a tapas restaurant before finishing the drive to Frankfurt. What a beautiful sunset drive that included singing 80 duets together. I checked us in while Klaus dropped the rental car off. Off to bed for the flight home tomorrow.
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    Amy Churella

    Yummy!!

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  • Day20

    Leaving Positano Headed to Naples

    June 6 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    Woke up, packed up, had a cappuccino and croissant at a cute little bakery and made our way to Naples. Along the way we stopped at Castellemmare, a cute harbor town with huge yachts and a lot of locals. We walked around had an aperol and a caprese salad before making our way to Naples. We were very apprehensive about staying in Naples after what we experienced at the port. I did some research and chose a hotel in an area that seemed nice. We checked in, got cleaned up and headed out to explore before our food tour I signed us up for. All I can say is wow!!! Naples is beautiful and filled with some much history and people everywhere. There was so many different sections, everything from streets filled with high end stores to tiny little streets with clothes hanging on the balcony’s and lights strung from building to building. We did an amazing food tour, the guide was entertaining and taught us so much history and the food was amazing!! It was so much food we could not even move at the end. 😂😂
    We took a cab back to the hotel, we could not walk another step for the day. We had a glass of wine on the hotels rooftop before going to bed. Headed for Germany in the morning.
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    Jelena Jevremovic

    which by the way looks like 🤣

    6/8/22Reply
    Jill Dorough

    🤣🤣

    6/9/22Reply
     
  • Day16

    The Amalfi

    June 2 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    We arrived in Positano, first impressions holy crowded!!! We parked the car and checked into the hotel. We unfortunately did not know that it was a holiday weekend in Italy, which explained the lack of availability in hotels. We were not that impressed with the hotel, but nothing we could do about it. We walked down to the water had a cocktail then dinner.
    Day 2 - We took the Ferry to Capri, got off the ferry, got in another boat to the blue grotto. It was very pretty, but the wait to get inside was very long and hot. We then took a bus to Ana Capri for lunch at an amazing resort with beautiful view! We took a cute open aired taxi back to town for the ferry back to Positano. We took a little nap, got cleaned up, went for a walk a found a cute little restaurant for a pizza dinner.
    Day 3- Woke up and decided to explore the Amalfi Area, the goal was the make it to Ravello. We got in the car and made it as far as the city of Amalfi which was about 30 min away. Unfortunately there was huge traffic and we turned around. As we were driving back to Positano I spotted a small beach down the Cliff, we turned around, parked on the side of the road and walked down the huge hill to the beach. We rented chairs, grabbed some drinks and had an amazing day! We got back in time to clean up and head to dinner by the water. We sat outside by the beach and had a lovely dinner.
    Day 4 - Woke up and rented a scooter, after yesterdays drive we learned the only way to get around is by scooter!! We packed a duffel bag and had an amazing drive to Ravello. It was everything I imagined, it sat up in the mountains overlooking the ocean. I was so mad at myself because I debated about staying here or Positano and chose Positano. Ravello is definitely much more our vibe. It is less busy, has amazing views and the streets are closed to traffic. I found us a fabulous lunch spot that had only been open for 2 days with amazing views, wine and food. We walked for a bit more and made our way back to the beach in Paraino from the day before. We spent a couple hours there before making our way back to the hotel. We got cleaned up, hopped back on the scooter and made our way near the top of Positano, the ride was magical and the restaurant was soooo worth the drive. It is family owed, they don’t tell u what’s on the set menu that day from their farm until you arrive. The food just would not stop coming!!!! The entire staff is family and the grandma is cooking in the kitchen. Truly an experience!! Finished dinner explored the farm and headed back to the hotel.
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    Jelena Jevremovic

    so jealous I cant even 😲😲😆😆🙈🙈

    6/7/22Reply
    Jill Dorough

    More to come trying to finish the uploads

    6/7/22Reply
    Jelena Jevremovic

    i cant watch 🤯 this is like the best i've ever seen !

    6/7/22Reply
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  • Day13

    Few Days in Matera

    May 30 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Woke up, had breakfast, packed and walked to the pharmacy to get Klaus motion sickness medicine before taking a taxi to the ferry. ⛴ We opted for the outdoor deck hoping Klaus would not be sick this time, between the medicine and the outdoors it worked. It was a ride to not be forgotten, the swells were so large they crashed into the boat soaking all us, I literally mean dripping wet. Arrived at the port in Naples and the driver was waiting to take us back to the airport for our rental car. The drive to the airport was so sad, it was shocking how dirty and run down the buildings were. 2.5 hours later we arrived in Matera, once in the downtown area we had to call the hotel and get directed to the front door. You only get one passage a day and literally are driving thru people on cobblestone streets. Once we arrived we were greeted by the host and she took over the driving to navigate the car thru a small door opening and park the car. We got cleaned up and explored the town. Until you see it with your own eyes you can’t imagine this place exists.

    It’s only fare to give a little snippet of the history to understand what we experienced.

    Matera is known to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – along with Aleppo, in Syria, and Jericho, in Palestine. People in Matera have lived in caves for millennia (it’s estimated they used to live there already in the Paleolithic) and until around 70 years ago.

    Right after World War II, the degrading living conditions of the inhabitants of the Sassi became known throughout Italy.

    It was Italian writer Carlo Levi who first – and pointedly – described the poverty and the living conditions of the Sassi di Matera in his book, Christ Stopped at Eboli, which was published in 1945

    Levi spoke of people who lived in cave homes along with their animals – usually a donkey or a mule, occasionally a horse, as well as chickens and at times even pigs. The cave homes had no running water or electricity and hardly any ventilation. Locals literally only slept and ate indoors – every other aspect of life was lived outside, in the “vicinati” – the small courtyards that scatter the landscape of the Sassi di Matera.

    It didn’t take long after the publication of the book for Matera to become “the shame of Italy.” Unable to explain the unacceptable living conditions of the Sassi di Matera, Italian politicians and experts worked together in an effort to clean up the area, and from May 1952 more than 17000 people were moved to neighborhoods that were built ad-hoc for them.

    It took it around 70 years to go from being the shame of Italy to one of its jewels, and a place all Italians are proud of.

    Day2: Woke up, had breakfast and ventured off to do a tour of a cave home. The family who owned it donated it to the city with the contents so people could understand how they lived. It is crazy to think it was the way people lived until 1952. We visited a couple of churches including dating back to the 15th century with original art work still. After some more exploring we went back to the room napped and get ready for the evening. We walked, explored and got some dinner before calling it a night.

    Day 3: Woke up, put on tennis shoes and went for a hike. I can only describe it as very challenging and amazing. The views were incredible all the way to the caves. Once you arrived at the caves you could now begin to imagine people lived in them not that long ago. There was a church dating back to the 600s with the original frescoes. Sweaty, hot, and hungry we made it back to the hotel for a light breakfast and a cappuccino. We got cleaned up, packed our bags and made our way to a wonderful lunch at Michelin star Le Bubole.
    We Loaded up the car and drove 3 hours to Positano along the winding roads!!!
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    Beautiful! [Carrie]

    6/4/22Reply

    Now this is perfect! [Carrie]

    6/4/22Reply
    Jill Dorough

    I know God always promoted wine but I think he’ll approve of aperol’s in front of a church too

    6/4/22Reply
     
  • Day12

    Ischia Day 2

    May 29 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Woke up at 5:30am to the most amazing sunrise. A few pictures later and back to sleep for a couple of hours. Got ready, had breakfast, cappuccinos and Prosecco’s sitting by the sea, so beautiful! Made our way to the castle, where we explored and imagined what it must have been like to live in such a time and place. The most shocking part was the small museum of punishment. The devices used to torture people for crimes they often didn’t even commit was terrible. The garden cafe was so charming, we enjoyed an aperol before continuing our way to the top. The views from above were beautiful! We walked through the small village and had an amazing lunch of focaccia, meats and cheeses and of course chased it down with aperols. Back at the hotel we spent the remainder of the afternoon on the beach 🏖. We got cleaned up for our long anticipated dinner at the restaurant located on the top of our hotel. It was sooo worth it, the view was epic, the food, the wine and service will be one we will never forget!! After dinner we walked to another section of town that we had not explored yet. It was cobblestone streets filled with shops and cafes, beautiful evening for a walk. Off to bed. leaving the island in the morning for Matera.Read more

    Jeanne Corsten

    Love this picture!!! So romantic!

    6/3/22Reply
     
  • Day11

    Ischia Day 1

    May 28 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    We woke up early in Split and headed to the airport for Naples Italy. Quick easy flight ✈️. Landed in Naples and took a taxi to the port, boarded the very crowded Ferry for Ischia. Unfortunately, Klaus does not do well with motion sickness and the sea was a little rough. Forty minutes later we disembarked and I thought oh shit, this is not going to be good, it was busy and dirty at the harbor. Got a cab and 10 min later it was a completely different scene. Hotel Miramare e Castello, so beautiful over looking the sea and a castle. We walked down the street and had a lovely lunch with an Aperol. Klaus was starting to feel better, so we threw on our suits and enjoyed the afternoon at the beach 🏖. The water and beach are so different from Croatia, it went from rocky and the bleuest water you can imagine to brown/black sand and water that is clean and clear just not as blue. After getting cleaned up we went to a steak house for dinner. The walk there was dreamy, u turn the corner and it reminds you of all the reasons we love Italy. After an amazing dinner, we walked for a while and landed back at the hotel bar. What a treat listening to an italian singer playing the piano and having a cappuccino by the sea. Early to bed I was exhausted!!!!Read more

  • Day9

    Day 7&8 Split to Hvar

    May 26 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    Day 7: Woke up in Split, had breakfast at the hotel, got a quick history lesson and a map (that of course we can’t read 😂) from Philip at the front desk and we were off to explore. The town was packed and filled with 1000s of people pre- partying prior to the cup game that starts at 7pm. It has been 15 years since they made it to the final game. We went to the Bell Tower, Church and museum in the old town. It’s hard to wrap my brain around just how old the town is. We spent the rest of the day getting in our “steps” in including many sets of stairs! We made our way back to the hotel room, Klaus had a call and I took a nap. Refreshed and ready to go, we walked and bopped around trying different cafes. We landed back at our favorite wine bar/restaurant called Zinfandel’s where we listened to live music until there was no more. We ended the evening at Hortus enjoying the band from the night before. (Croatia won the cup game, lots of celebrating and even some fireworks.) Another amazing day on Split! Off to bed, heading to Hvar tomorrow.
    Day 8: Woke up early, got dressed and headed to the ferry for the island of Hvar. This island is known for the play ground of the rich and famous. Day did not go as planned, no convertible beetles for rent, we walked to the hula hula beach club had a drink and decided to go to robinsons island, very hard to find a water taxi, 1.5 later arrived, no seating on the beach available, lunch at the restaurant was okay, literally the owners son was walking up with the seafood to feed us. unique to say the least. Walked 6 minutes along the rocky coast to another beach bar that just opened that day, had some aperols, soaked in the sun and met some great people before heading back to the city center to catch our ferry back to split. Stopped at the hotel before heading back to Zinfandel’s for dinner and live music. Went to bed, early flight to Naples Italy tomorrow.
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    Amy Churella

    Wow! Small & steep!

    5/29/22Reply
    Amy Churella

    Cute!

    5/29/22Reply
    Jill Dorough

    thanks girl

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  • Day8

    Day 5&6 Last day in Brač/Arrived Split

    May 25 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    We woke up, had breakfast and borrowed bikes to head to the beach. It was extremely windy, so we decided to go on a bike ride, unfortunately Klaus and i can not read maps and missed the turn. We ended up on quite the adventure that led us all the way into Supetar, the hills were exhausting that led to the waterfront but we did not give up. We had a snack, an aperol and explored for a bit before heading back to our hotel. The ride was not easy to say the least, by time we arrived back to the hotel we plopped down in the chairs and had a glass of rose. We got cleaned up went on a walking adventure, had dinner, and chatted with some more people we met at the local cafe/wine bar.
    Day 6: Final morning, went to the gym and did arm day because there was no chance for legs after the bike ride. Had breakfast, went to the pool for an hour, got packed and headed to the speed boat for our ride to Split. I chose a hotel in the heart in the old village that once was a palace, it was called the Diocletians Palace built in the 4th century AD. Very cool place but getting the luggage from the boat and walking thru 1700 year old cobblestone stone streets, dripping with sweat was a challenge! We got cleaned up and hit the town. Such a fun day walking the streets, bar/restaurant hopping and listening to live music under the Croatian sky. Another Magical Day! Note: The picture with the chair and floor was the original floor from the palace 1700 years old brought in from Italy.
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