One Day in the Bay

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Cheap airline tickets just keep coming.  With Chicago being such a success, we decided to take another 1 day trip.  This time we brought some more friends along.  Since we've all been to San Francisco before, we didn't worry as much about seeing the sites.  This trip was purely for food.   We were all a little tired when we

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Christmas Crafts 2015

For the second year in a row Cat and I (mostly Cat) are making small gifts for our friends and family to enjoy throughout the year. Last year it was Cajun spice and soup in a jar, and this year Cat has painstakingly crafted homemade Blackberry Vanilla Bourbon Jam.   Unlike last year, I was unable to come up with

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Blowing Through the Windy City

We found tickets to Chicago that were too cheap to pass up.  With our wedding and honeymoon travel being this year, days off are pretty tight, so we decided to do everything we could in one day.  As you can see, we managed to squeeze in a lot! Our flight left from LAX at 12:35am on 10/17.  We landed at

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Day 18: Venice

It's exactly what we've been waiting for...a relaxing few days in Venice to end our trip.  This city is even more beautiful than you imagine when you see pictures.  Every tiny alley has an amazing old world feel, and the waterways, with the city lights reflecting, make for very romantic strolls.  They also lead to being constantly lost! We hadn't

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Day 15: Florence

The original bars!  These were windows in the sides of buildings in Florence where farmers and wine makers could sell their goods directly to consumers. The first church in the city of Florence. Cooking class begins!  First stop is the fruit and vegetable market to pick up tomatoes and basil. Next we went to San Lorenzo market for meat. Porcini mushrooms

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Day 14: Rome to Florence

Today was another travel day.  The days are blurring together and the trip is starting to take its toll.  We are loving this amazing vacation, but we had to relax today. Breakfast before the train to Florence. Our hotel in Rome.  It was very nice and so far everyone in Italy has been friendly and helpful. The view from the

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Day 12: Rome, Naples & Pompeii

It's Rich writing the blog today.  Pompeii is one of my bucket list places to visit, and with it being only 2.5 hours by train from Rome, Cat was determined that we make it.  It didn't hurt that Neapolitan pizza is considered the world's best pizza, and the route to Pompeii includes a train stop in Naples. First stop...Tiburtina train

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Day 9: Paris

One day to go!  Tomorrow is the big day, and it's been a day of friends and preparation. It's huge! Most of the crew out scouting locations for tomorrow in the Champ de Mars.  Those yellow flowers were our sign that this is the spot. The square trees aren't full of foliage, but they're still square! The ride up to

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Day 7: Paris

Day 7 - Our Day Off! Finally some reprieve from the hectic schedule that we've been keeping.  Unfortunately, that means not a very exciting blog day for all of you! Breakfast at Café de Flore Here's Cat looking contemplative having coffee. Then we got eclairs from L'éclair de Génie right next door to our apartment. Thank you notes for our guests and friends.

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Day 5: Paris

Hello from Paris! Rich's Blog Day 2 Breakfast Our apartment is perfect.  Les Marais is a great neighborhood. The wedding party starts. 11 are here and there are more to come! Pere Lachaise Cemetary   The produce here is beautiful! Cat picking out her wedding flowers. Merignue desserts nearby. Raclette for dinner.  The melting and scraping of cheese with charcuterie meat

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