Milan, Italy

When it comes to fashion and finance, Milan (pics) is the capital for both in Italy.  With respect to fashion, Milan ranks among the top in the world.  I can’t really relate on that score so I’ll have to leave it to the judgment of others.

Holiday Festival

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Venice, Italy

When you try to imagine yourself seeing Venice (pics) firsthand, you may imagine the Venice you have seen in countless movies or on a postcard or perhaps in a travel publication or website.  It turns out that Venice is exactly as I had imagined it to be.  It completely lives up to all of the images formed through those movies and postcards.

Along the grand canal

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Europe 2014/2015

We are beginning our 3 month trip to parts of Western Europe.  On December 9, 2014, we departed the US to begin our trip in Rome, Italy.

Along the Tiber River in Rome; Dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the background

Along the Tiber River in Rome; Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the background


We are planning to spend about 1 month in each of Italy, France and the United Kingdom.  In Italy, we will be visiting Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Milan and Turin.  Beyond that our itinerary is less well defined so we will be filling in the details as we go.  We hope you’ll find it interesting to follow along.