Honeymoon – Part II

The first week of our honeymoon was spent in Venice, Italy and when it came time to say “arrivederci” it was extremely difficult to leave! I’m pretty sure this city has some mystical magical powers….and it’s a little bit of heaven on earth.

Our next stop was Florence, a complete change of pace from the slow moving Venice. I think there was a moment when Sam and I looked at each other and we both thought…lets turn around and go back to Venice! But after a few days we found Florence to be a special place too. The city is a walking city and walk it we did… it also sits smack in the middle of the Tuscan mountains, which is an amazing site to be seen.
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Honeymoon – Part I

After an amazing few days of celebrating our marriage with family and friends the Sam and Melissa party and a year of planning our nuptials came to quick end. It was bitter sweet because I had a lot of fun planning our wedding, but it was more stress than a girl can handle.

So a few weeks later Sam and I celebrated together in Italy. Our first stop was Venice, the city on the lagoon. We both thought the city was an incredible place especially if you can escape the fast paced tourist who jump off the cruise ship for five hours to say they “saw Venice.” The truth is “Venice” wasn’t in St. Mark’s Square, and we didn’t find it in the Basilica. For us Venice was best found hidden down a canal that seemed like it was leading somewhere but ended up to be a dead end or an empty palazzo.

Most evenings it was our mission to find the darkest alley that housed a restaurant where a tourist wouldn’t dare venture down. We enjoyed some of the most amazing meals with this method, and we also enjoyed getting lost this way. Well worth the agony of trying to find our way home though.
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20120308-145425.jpg Sam and I would love to go to Italy for our honeymoon. We are about 5-6 months out from our wedding and we still haven’t booked our plane tickets. At this stage in the game, I think we are supposed to be farther along in the honeymoon planning process. A big part of our procrastination is obviously money! For example, we received our THIRD oil bill this winter for yet another $1,000 and every time we set money aside something else comes up! (Apparently our attic is not insulted – like at all, so all of our heat is being sucked into the attic. Guess we need to buy insulation before next winter!)

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Coin Money

My dad and I work in the same building, and like me, he gets a sweet tooth around 2-3 o’clock. Today he came over to my desk with a $1 coin and asked me if he could trade it for $1 in paper money because the vending machine upstairs doesn’t take coin dollars. I thought this was amusing because 1.) I’m pretty sure the machine takes coin dollars and 2.) I hardly ever see coin dollars. Where did he even get it? I know they circulate but we don’t actually use them as cash. They area ore of a novelty.
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Traveling Salesman

Today I’m selling Denmark and Sweden! Most people don’t think of these two countries when visiting Europe, but after spending a week in each this past month they are definitely worth a visit.

ZaZa Meet ZaZa (pronounced ce-sa). She was born in Greenland and moved to Denmark when she was a teenager. She happens to be one of my co-workers siblings and is a very cool chick. We spent our first week with ZaZa as our tour guide, learning Danish and eating lots of pickled herring.
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Swedish semla

Two of my girlfriends and I leave for Scandinavia in less than a month. We’re hitting Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen and a few places in Sweden. Today I went to AAA and purchased some of their currency, and I’m very excited to go to Europe for the first time. I have been day dreaming about my trip for eight months now.

It’s about 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon and I’m at work, which means I’m hardly working. It also means I’m hungry and sleepy.

I found this on Sweden’s tourist website Sweden.se and I want one. How delicious goes this look?

Semla with almond paste and whipped cream dates back to the 16th century