S: Our European Adventure 2011
FC: The Essence of Sabrina
1: Barcelona, Spain July 15 & 16 Mediterranean Cruise July 17-24 Milan/Malesco, Italy July 24-27 Normandy (Caen), France July 27 & 28 Paris, France July 29 Barcelona, Spain July 30 Fly home to Portland July 31 | July 14 ...Fly from Portland to Barcelona, Spain | Our Itinerary | DELTA AIRLINES | "I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky"
18: Messina is located just a few miles off the coast of southern Italy on the island of Sicily . It has a complex history with roots in Greek mythology . An earthquake in early 1900's . . .the majority of the city is rebuilt or refurbished within the last 100 years . | Tour Guide | Our Tour Guide
19: Messina, | Sicily | Day 2 | Just a hour drive in a motorcoach, we traveled along the Ionian Coast towards Taorminina & then along the bay towards Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily .
20: Happiness is . . .a summer's breeze, sand between your toes and having your loved one by your side . | 2 1/2 hours of gorgeous sunshine | Bum | Beach
22: Naples (Napoli) is the 3rd most populated city in Italy & the biggest city in Southern Italy . It is one of the oldest cities in the world with thousands of years of history. | 80% of the 200 aboard ended up getting sick because of choppy waters... I was one of them !
23: Day 3 | Boarded a Jetfoil for our "Island of Capri"Excursion The Adventure is about to begin . . .just NOT what I expected ! | Our Tour Guide | <---
25: The Island | of Capri
27: Beautiful | These lemons are actually very LARGE. The rind is used to make LiMONCELLO.
28: Day 4
29: Civitavecchia | (Rome) | Vatican | The
30: Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the European Union .
31: Rome . . . | "At it's Best" | Sending a postcard to us from the Vatican
33: Coliseum | Tour Guide | The
34: Just an amazing historical day!
35: Trevi Fountain | Toss 2 coins over your left | shoulder...you will have | Eternal LOVE !
36: Welcome to | Livornno | (Florence/Pisa) | through the Medicean Canals. | St. Peter's Basilica | Tour Guide | Livorno, the Tuscan gateway to the Mediterranean | Sea .Its 16th century history is characterized .
37: Day 5 | Under the Tuscan Sun
38: The Leaning | Tower of Pisa
39: Pisa is in the northern half of Tuscany and not far from the coast . | A delicious Italian dessert . . . | Affogato | Gelato (Ice Cream) with | a shot of Espresso
40: Located along the French Riviera between the Mediterranean Sea and France . | Day 6 | The principality of Monaco is both a city and a country,and is the second smallest nation. in the world .
41: Welcome to | Monaco | Monte Carlo
43: The Rich Famous! | and
44: G o r g e o u s
45: Eze Village
46: Our Favorite Place in France | EZE
48: Nice, | France | Welcome | to
53: We italy | Our Last night on the Cruise. Had a wonderful experience seeing all the gorgeous ports. WE enjoyed some drinks at the RED FROG PUB.
54: Arona, Italy | Where Marco | & Serena live. | Lake Maggiore | Sunday July 24
55: Flew into Milan Airport | & Remo & Vanna were | there to greet us! | Remo & Vanna's Home | Malesco | Italy | We had our own 1 bedrom apt. across from Vanna & Remo
56: Lake Maggiore...near Malesco to Locarno, Switzerland
57: Monday July 25 | Locarno, Switzerland
58: Pizza is one of Italy;s most famous foods .
59: Gambrinus Ristorante Pizzeria | Domodossola, Italy
60: RESSICO | Tuesday July 26
61: At Stesa, Italy we boarded a boat for the Isands of Isola dei Pescatori , Isola Bella , & Isola Madre . | T
64: Ressico Bros. | winery | 1966
65: What a nice surprise to find out that | our cousins owned aWinery... | Giovanni started the business in | 1966 and his newhew,GianPhilipo | works with him.They showed us | around & had us try different wines. | vino | They gave us a case of 3 to take home.
66: Wed. July 27
67: We flew into Paris, rented a Van and drove to Caen, France... A Very Beautiful Drive to Normandy
68: WW II | Memorial | Thursday July 28
70: Grandpa Ressico served in WWII and lost his life in battle on July 7, 1944. He is buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy. | 1910 | 1944 | The Visitors Building | Interior
72: Arial View | Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves | The Reflecting Pool
73: Omaha Beach
74: Our Hotel in Paris . . . Aviatic Hotel 1856 | Friday July 29
76: Love conquers all things | The Eiffel Tower
77: Welcome to | Paris
79: Boat Ride on the Siene River | Beautiful Views of Bridges
82: Our | Last | Hotel . . . | July 30...Home on the 31
83: Barcelona | Tiramisu & Wine... | thanks to my sweet hubby | Gorgeous | Sunset