Saturday, November 20, 2010

Milan and Venice, 1st stop - Milan

This past weekend was a 4 day weekend, so you know we couldn't let that opportunity go to waste. We thus headed to Milan and Venice! We spent our first two days in Milan then took a train to Venice for the next 2 days.

Milan was beautiful, especially the Duomo! The Candoglia white marble makes it especially stunning!

The Milan Duomo is the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world. It was started in 1386 and finished in the early 1800s for Napolean Bonaparte's inauguration as King, even though small work technically continued into 1965. The spires are really spectacular, which you can view up close since they allow you to walk on top of the roof! Very neat!!

Of course, a trip to Milan would not be complete without shopping! We did our fair share, even when it was mostly just looking in the windows of the designer shops.

The inside of the Galleria. Even the shopping gallery is art!

(Prada to the left, Louis Vuitton to the right, us on the outside looking in :) ....someday!)

We also went to see "The Last Supper" painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Santa Maria delle Grazie. It was very large and impressive, completely covering the back wall of the room. Over the course of 500 years since it was completed the room has been used as an armory, prison, stable, and left without a roof for several years after it was bombed during World War II. Of course we weren't allowed to take pictures, so here is one of us waiting outside. They had serious security for this thing! Bar doors, 2 air sealed rooms to walk through, and then you could only view it in groups of 15 for no more than 15 minutes! Had we not bought out tickets 2 weeks before we would not have been able to get in!

Then off we went on the train to Venice...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Birthday in Mallorca

For my 28th Birthday this past May we spent 5 days in Mallorca. Mallorca is part of the Balearica Spanish Islands, in the western Mediterranean Sea. It was GORGEOUS!! Our hotel was right on the boardwalk, just steps from the Platja de Palma (Palma Beach). We did a whole lot of relaxing on this trip, and it was absolutely fantastic!

Platja de Palma, where we spent most of our time

Ahhhh...doesn't get much better than this!


Enjoying the Sangria

Beautiful sunsets every night!!

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
Gothic Style, began in 1229, finished in 1601

Stunning Interior!
The alter was designed by Gaudi during a renovation in 1901

Light reflecting on the floor from the stained glass

We tried all types of the local Spanish cuisine. This tapas bar in Palma on our last day was our favorite. The rings are fried squid, delicious!

Jewelry shopping in Palma. :) Mallorca is especially known for their faux pearls.

Wonderful vacation! Until next time....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Adventures in Running, Part II

New lesson learned on today's run...It is fun to pet the horses, not so much fun to get shocked by the electric fence!