Wow! What a week it has been this week in Florence, Italy with Dad and our friends. We have been staying in Florence since Sunday, touring both here around this historic and inspirational city as well as taking two day tours driving out to see various cities of Tuscany. This morning (Friday) we board a train for Venice. If you want to see pics from the city of Florence and Lucca and Pisa, you can visit Dad’s blog. Great stuff!!! And you can also visit Clay Corvin’s Twitter for some pics and stories, too. He is one of our friends on the trip with us (he coordinated the trip) and writes very well. He has some great recount of our trip so far on his blog and facebook page.
I can’t even put into words how meaningful my time and unique experiences with Dad have been. And we are only a 1/3 of the trip through so far. That’s hard to believe. I have never been on a vacation like this one before, to such a faraway place for such a long time. I really miss Jen and the kids. We have been iChatting every other night (which is day for them). I have been showing them pics of the days here through the iChat, and it has been great to watch and listen to them react to iChatting with Pop, too. I miss my beautiful bride, who is carrying the load at home with the kids without her teammate. Praying for strength and rest and wisdom for her. She has been more than supportive wanting me to have this time with Dad.
On Wednesday, we drove through the southern part of Tuscany, specifically from Firenze (Florence) through the Chianti region (towns like Impruneta and Greve) to Sienna to San Gimignano back to Firenze. A long yet inspiring and beautiful day. The scenery was honestly beyond words. Hills of lush green transformed by time and elevation into snow-covered vineyards hoping to blossom in May. The weather was so diverse. Cloudy skies all the way, but at times with sun peaking through, at times with no rain, at times with light rain, at times with light snow, and at times with heavy snow. You can see it all in the pics. Enjoy…
Well, got to go grab my luggage so we can head to the train station. Looking forward to discovering a new region of Italy. So very grateful to be here with my Dad and friends. Will post more pics and stories and thoughts in the days to come!!!