We have been back now for about a week. We had an amazing vacation with good friends, fine wine, and wonderful experiences! Too much to post in a blog, but here are some highlights and a few pics ...
We started off in Prague, joining our friends Kevin and Al for a few days of sightseeing. The food was fantastic and the people were really friendly. Lots of meat and beer! They aren't yet on the Euro, so it was fairly inexpensive. We were even able to catch a live performance of Mozart's Requiem.
Joe and I continued on to Vienna by train. There we visited an impressive zoo where the animals were actually treated humanely! We went on to the National Palace, took a walk through Mozart's apartment, and took in another concert that evening. The goulash was fantastic!
We then flew to Florence, met up again with Kevin ad Al, and Mark and Steve for an evening of Florentine sights and food.
The next day we continued on to our main destination, a villa in Sinilunga, for a week long celebration of Al's 60th birthday. At this point we were joined by 16 other friends, and A'ls sister and her partner dropped in later in the week. It was an amazing week of sightseeing, wine tours, hikes and , yes, lots of fabulous food and wine. Joe and I were even able to get away on a solo 5 hour hike to an old castle ruins in the middle of the woods called 'Castle that only God Knows'.
Our final leg of the journey was Rome. We did a whirlwind 'Rome-in-a-day tour' before catching a plane back home to the U.S. the next morning.