Sunday, January 29, 2012

random stuff

Lately Gene and I have been working and staying home on weekends. First, we leave at 5:30 am and get home around 7pm so we are exhausted at night. Second, there was a strike in Sicily so we couldn't get gas for a week. The truckers, farmers, and fishermen went on strike because of fuel prices so they weren't allowing any trucks to make deliveries. There were protesters all over which made it harder to drive since they were all in the streets. All the gas stations shut down because there wasn't any fuel available. The grocery stores were starting to get very empty and milk, eggs, and produce were gone. So we got a ride home with someone who still had gas and thankfully we were able to find 2 gallons of gas to put in our car so we could get home from work the next day. Now the strike is over and we can drive wherever we want :) So yesterday we went shopping in Catania and today we went to the antique market in Catania and then to Cafe de Paris for some pastries and cappuccinos.

Cafe de Paris

spinach pastry and a cappuccino

Stripes enjoyed us being home a lot :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mt. Etna Eruption 1-5-12

While Gene and I were on our way to work we suddenly noticed that the volcano was erupting! Such a nice way to start our day :) The pictures were taken from my iPod, so they aren't the best...but it was a pretty big eruption.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Years in Venezia

arriving by ferry to Venice

just got off the boat and already shopping :)

view from our hotel room

our own private terrace with an awesome view

the gondolas outside our hotel

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

St. Mark's Basilica

Rialto Bridge

The Grand Canal

A late cheers to New Years since I was sick on New Years Eve

our first gondola ride!

a goodbye toast to Venezia