This past year has been... well let's say, different. I went without my husband for roughly 7 months while he/we transitioned into Air Force life, celebrated one year of marriage, braved my first transatlantic flight (by myself I might add), moved to Italy, and celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve without my family for the first time in my life. It's been pretty difficult, but I've survived, and it's pretty much all thanks to my wonderful husband. Without him to guide me, hold my hand, tell me it'll all be okay, and help me transition through this, I would be in utter despair. He is the love of my life, and even if the world shat on us everyday, simply knowing I have him to go through it with would be enough for me to survive it. Thanks honeybunny for being you :D
CHRISTMAS 2013 IN ITALY
|I love this man with all my being!|
Speaking of traveling, we haven't done much. We intended to make the 8 hour or so trek up to my uncle's home in Germany for Christmas, but things just didn't work out, and honestly, I quite enjoyed our Friends-that-are-our-home-away-from-home-family Christmas :D But I did insist we do SOMETHING fun while the hubs had a two-week leave, so we spent a small chunk and took a trip to Pisa & Florence, accompanied by our close friend and her family who came to Italy to visit her over the holiday (they pretty much adopted us for the day).
|Us in the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa|
|About to go into the Duomo in the Piazza dei Miracoli|
|The Leaning Tower of Pisa!!|
|On top of the Leaning Tower|
|Piazza del Duomo in Firenze (AKA Florence)|
|Giotto's Campanile (Bell Tower) in the Piazza del Duomo in Firenze|
|On top of the Bell Tower looking down 40 or so feet!|
|Firenze from the top of the Bell Tower|
|"Hercules & Cacus" by Bandinelli (1533) in the Piazza della Signoria, Firenze|
|Palazzo Vecchio (we didn't get to go in!)|
|The copy of "David" by Michelangelo in the Piazza della Signoria|
|Ponte Di Santa Trinita, the oldest elliptic bridge in the world!|
|Galileo's Tomb in the Basilica di Santa Croce|
|Michelangelo's Tomb in the Basilica di Santa Croce|
|Last Supper & Tree of the Cross by Taddeo Gaddi (14th Cent) |
inside the Museum in the Basilica di Santa Croce
We had a BLAST! It was so much fun and so friggin' cool to see HISTORY! The type of stuff you only read about in books but never get to get experience for yourself! I was blown away, especially by the Basilica di Santa Croce - the Temple of the Italian Glories - where hundreds of famous Italians are buried. It's sort of an ominous feeling being in a sacred place of rest and it's certainly humbling to know all of these people and places and things that came way before you!
Anywho... I'm not sure what our next trip will be (hopefully this spa that they have a trip to on my birthday!) but I'll definitely share when we figure it out :D
Have an AMAZING 2013 and keep reading!!
Until next time...