Our first contest on facebook a few weeks ago was so much fun so we decided to have another contest. Since we love Italy and will be getting married there ourselves in October, we’re going to be giving away an Italian gift basket similar to the one shown above to the lucky winner. To enter the contest, comment on this blog post by Friday June 29th at 7:30 pm Pacific Time with your favorite travel story. We will choose a winner on Sunday July 1st.
Here’s one of our favorite spontaneous travel stories…Shawna and I decided to get married in Italy this past January. Shawna did most of the initial research and found a great villa in eastern Tuscany that we could rent and have our family stay with us. We booked the villa on the internet and started trying to figure out how people even get married abroad. Without ever visiting the town we would be married in we had many questions that seemingly had no easy answers to them, such as where will we have our ceremony and reception, where will Shawna have her hair and makeup done, etc. So, now it’s February and I planned a Valentine’s Day dinner surprise for Shawna at Cafe Sevilla. They were supposed to have flamenco music that night (according to their website), yet when we showed up we were told there won’t be any live music. Staying positive, we decided to have a drink at the bar to figure out if there was somewhere else we could go (we wanted to see live music). While sitting at the bar enjoying a couple glasses of red wine, Shawna mentioned that the restaurant we envisioned having our reception in should be around the same size as Cafe Sevilla. I said we should start looking at the cost of flights and think about visiting Italy to see the villa and have some questions answered. I pulled out the iPhone, opened Trip Advisor and saw that round-trip flights from San Diego to Rome were half of what I’ve been seeing before (well under $1000). So sitting there on my iPhone at the bar on Valentine’s Day I booked us flights leaving on March 6th. It was an incredible trip and we came back with a very clear plan for the wedding. In fact, we’re getting married in the Castle of Poppi.
Lucca è una città molto bella. È la mia città preferita in Italia
Italians drink their coffee the right way – taking their time, not rushing out the door, sipping it slowly at the bar. They don’t take it to go and their servings aren’t ginormous.