Where the Heck is ToadMama?

After losing Mom unexpectedly, I was really torn about leaving Dad alone for an extended period AND going on vacation.

Somehow, it just doesn’t seem right to vacation at a time like this. But, we’d spent a fortune on airplane tickets and hotel reservations, which we would lose. Also, if we canceled, we’d be abandoning Annelies and Yves. And we had all been planning this vacation for a long time.

So, we’re in Italy.

San Bernardino Pass in Switzerland

The motorcycle riding portion of the trip was amazing. The mountains in Switzerland (Alps) and Northern Italy (Dolomites) are absolutely gorgeous.

We rode into Switzerland on Day 1.

Splugen Pass in Switzerland

I was delighted to see cows at the very top of the second pass we traversed. Y’all know how much I like cows, right?

We spent the next four days riding through the Dolomites in Northern Italy.

I’ll have more pics to share when we get home.

A Very Full Car

We returned our bikes to the rental agency in Milan on Friday. (Note to Fuzzy… Diego was just as awesome as you said he was.)

Annelies and Yves picked us up in Milan. We spent the night with them in their rented apartment in the hills overlooking Lago d’Iseo (Lake Iseo).

Then on Saturday morning, the guys crammed all of our luggage into their car, which is quite big by European standards, and we drove east to our rental house about an hour outside of Venice.

The Fridge is Packed with Essentials

This house is gorgeous. It sits on a hill and has a large garden with olive trees and grape vines. It’s very Italian.

Our House

Only the left half of the house is ours. The owner lives in either the other half of the house, or the other house that sits to the left of and behind the building we are in. It’s lovely.

I’ll tell y’all more later. For now, I have more vacationing to do. Hope all is well with you!

9 Replies to “Where the Heck is ToadMama?”

  1. Woohoo. I am so glad you decided to go on vacation. After reading the beautiful words about your Mother I am sure she would have wanted you to go too.

    Thanks for posting the great pictures so far. Love the cow picture.

  2. Yay, glad to finally hear from you! I did get Dad’s email yesterday, but there wasn’t much to it besides “yep, we’re still alive.” 🙂 Italy looks super pretty, I’ll have to get there one of these days!

  3. Thanks for the comments everyone. Northern Italy is truly amazing.

    Kathy, I thought of you as we were riding. All of the curves might do you in. There are more curves on those roads than you could possibly imagine. Although enough Dramamine might make it doable for you.

    Shan, you would love it. The people, the food, the atmosphere, the scenery, the wine. Even Italian beer is good! And the coffee? YUM. You’d be one happy girl over here.

  4. Oh my god, the car really was full, wasn’t it? 🙂 Not to mention the fridge… Can’t believe we didn’t manage to drink all that beer!!! We miss you already…. 🙁

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