Remember Italy?

Oh I know.. your ready for this story to end right? Well.. I think its going to be a long time before I finish telling this one!  Just teasing.. what can I say..I think of new things everyday!

On the way home from Munich (driving through all that snow too!) we stopped off in Treviso at this huge market..all full of leather. Leather jackets, purses, pants, you name it.. they had it. So many different styles to choose from too! Well we stopped at this one shop (he took Visa ) and thats when it all started. If you’ve never been to a market like this, then stop reading now. LOL.. ok it wasn’t this bad, but for me it was like trying to ask a price from someone running an auction! At least Nikki was there.. she knew what was going on, but it wasn’t like she could really help me out, you know. As usual the prices start high.. then you work yourself down, and maybe you’ll get to a price you like.

After it was all over.. an trying on a couple different jackets (not getting the red leather one I wanted because they didn’t have my size) I got a light tan colored, waist length, fitted jacket for myself, and a bomber style dark brown/black one for Johnny. I won’t bore you with the cost.. but I bet you won’t find two Italian leather jackets here for what I paid for them! (BIG A$$ GRIN). Oh.. I got a nice leather purse that matched my jacket too!

Leather in hand its time to head back home. Once home its time to unpack and crash.. I think I’d been running on pure excitement for the last 5 days!

Next morning its off to Nove for pottery! More shopping and choices to make.. I got my mom and mother in law each a cute decorated plate, and one for myself too. I also got a very pretty pitcher that matches my biscotti jar that Nikki sent me earlier. One thing I did buy.. on impulse because of its history was a small rooster (cock) pitcher. Well of all the things I bought it cracked during shipping back to the states. No fear.. it was insured and I’m sure the good old USPS will help me out.

After shopping in Nove its time to head back home (Nikki’s house) and get ready for dinner. Now let me tell you.. I wasn’t ready for this dinner! Oh WOW is all I can say… we had dinner at Il Rifugio… Wow..can you tell I can’t find the words to describe it?? Oh my, this was one VERY nice place! The food was wonderful too!! We each had what they call the “Menu of Art”.. and you know.. it was all so pretty you hated messing it up to eat! Our main course was the meat that was in season.. ostrich. Yummmm! For our deserts we had a choice.. so many to choose from. We ended up with three different ones, and I/we all tried a little of each. Talk about being stuffed! Oh wow! So much food! Well Il Rifugio is part of a group of restaurants which when you order their ‘Menu of Art’, after the meal you each recieve a special ceramic tile which has their special design on it. Very cool! Hmm.. I wonder how I could use it to replace one of the tiles in our kitchen.. I’ll think more on this project!

Well after dinner it was back home (Nikki’s House) to finish up packing all my stuff for my Friday early AM flight. Then again to get surprised! A little Grappa to try. What’s grappa? Grappa is a distilled liquor made from grapes which you have a little drink of after your meal. Its supposed to help you digest your food. Well I say little.. like in half a shot glass full.. why? because more than that for me I’d be out for the night! LOL I brought a bottle back with me for J to try.. he said it reminded him of tequila.. but stronger! (I forgot to mention we visited a local winery and I picked out 6 bottles of wine to bring back home.. now those babies got the royal treatment.. they may have weighted quite a bit, but by the time I got home I was Queen of the Carry-On, and nothing was broken either!)

Well the rest of my trip includes maybe an hour of sleep.. then up at 3am for a shower and to finish packing. We were off to the Venice airport by 4:45am for my 7am flight. Once on my plane I wouldn’t sleep again for 24 hours.. thats when I landed in Birmingham, and then had my luggage into the car. I’m glad J picked me up.. there is no way I could have made the 1 1/2 hour drive home without falling asleep. After we got home it was off to bed.. I think it was a couple days before I was able to stay awake past 8pm! Wow.. time change and jet lag kick butt!

I did have a really great time.. and got to spend some quality time with a really special friend and her family. Thanks again you two!! and thank you J for floating a few notes so I could catch that plane, and putting up with my 4am phone call! Love you all!