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European Trip – Part 3

Here are the last of our trip photos from Munich. In full disclosure, I did not take these photos. By this point in our trip,  I was tired of lugging equipment around, we were with a much bigger group of people and I needed a free hand to drink beer!

Oktoberfest was epic. Seriously, it was one of the funnest parties ever!


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European Trip – Part 2

The next leg of our trip took us to Reggio Emilia, but not before stopping for a great lunch in Bergamo. We stumbled upon this great Northern Italian town by chance, headed up to the old walled city and walked around for a couple of hours. It was that perfect “didn’t plan it” afternoon. After filling up on polenta and wine, we continued on our route to Reggio Emilia, a charming small(ish) Italian town. It is the birthplace of the Italian flag, but it also where our friend’s great-grandfather was born. And just by chance, we walked right by the sewing store his familia has owned for generations. It was a super cool feeling to witness family meeting for the first time and trying to figure out how they are all related. We even got to have an authentic Italian Family dinner with them all on our last night in Reggio Emilia, where we learned that many stereotypes of Italian families are true and many foods we call Italian, like spumoni, are not really from Italy.

We also did small day trips to Parma, Modena and Maranello, the home of Ferrari factory and museum. My only complaint of the trip is that we didn’t research more places to do vinegar, wine or cheese tastings. The area is famous for creating parmigiana reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar and I mistakenly thought there would be more tours and advertising of the regions claim to fame. It’s a small complaint though. Hope you enjoy this round of pictures!

A couple of these photos are from our friend, Achille Bigliardi…

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European Trip – Part 1

The problem with taking a trip with 2 (well actually 3)  photographers? Gigabytes and gigabytes of photos to sort through when you get home! My husband and I recently took a trip to Italy an Germany with some dear friends of ours, one of whom is a photographer as well.  I had such a great trip, eating wonderful food, drinking lots of yummy wine and enjoying the sights. My pants were rather tight when I returned home 10 days later!

There are many, many great photos of our trip. Here are some from our first stop, Varenna on Lake Como. It was absolutely beautiful there!

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Hawaii – Part 5

For Friday’s blog post, I have the last installment of my Hawaii series. Up next are some recent jobs and our holiday photos…but for now, back to the islands…

It’s not a Hawaiian vacation until you hit the beach! This is Lanikai Beach, on the windward side of Oahu. It’s beautiful, has the softest sand (almost like powdered sugar) and, oh, jellyfish! How do I know? Well, a little jellyfish decided to hop on Ava’s foot while I was holding her in the waves. And then, it wrapped it’s tentacle, tendril, whatever it’s called around my leg. I would not recommend this on your Hawaiian vacation. It stings like no other! I wanted to scream and writhe in pain, but I had to keep to together because my little girl was doing the screaming and writhing for me. Poor little one. She was so cautious to go in the water, took her an hour to venture in the waves. Now I’m sure we have scarred her for life. And just fyi, if you ever encounter a jellyfish, try putting vinegar on it. Worked like a charm!

Here’s an example of the jellyfish we got stung by. My brother said it was a man-of-war…
It’s pretty huh? I didn’t take this picture, and I was a little bummed we didn’t get any documentation of our war wounds…Jordan claims I would have been mad if he was shooting our welts…maybe he has a point!
photo from jaxshells.org

And these are of us having fun before the jellyfish incident! Beautiful huh? The dog, Kyla, belongs to my brother and his wife. The dogs had more fun playing in the surf and sand than the girls I think.

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Hawaii – Part 4

Mele Kalikimaka! Well almost…but it’ll be here soon enough! Here’s another collage of Hawaii photos taken at Waikiki Beach, our silly tour guide/conch blower and some Hawaii foliage. These images weren’t anything super special, straight out of the camera. I played around with some funky actions and came up with these. They remind me of old Hawaii postcard images. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but we’ll go with it!

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Hawaii – Part 3

For the third installment of the Hawaii series, here’s a random selection of images from our trip. We went to the macadamia nut plantation one morning. The tour was totally cheesy, but funny and entertaining, complete with a totally rusted out bus to drive us around. We are lucky the front of the bus didn’t fall off, but the girls thought it was funny to ride around.

Chickens were running all over the island, he’s kind of cute huh?

The beach shots are from a secret cove (well obviously not so secret, since there are a ton of people there) where they have filmed a bunch of movies. Think of the movie Grease and Danny and Sandy kissing on the beach. Disclaimer: I don’t think Grease was actually filmed at this spot, but you get the idea of the scenes shot there…I’ve always been terrible at trivia…

The little frog my brother is holding was hopping around the mini golf course. It made for a nice mini science lesson for the girls. Notice I didn’t get a picture of them holding it…

And lastly a few portraits of the girls in Waikiki. We saw a cute, little free hula show before going to a nice dinner. Too bad the girls didn’t appreciate the dinner. I think I ended up in the lobby twice during our meal, trying to tame our beasts. Sigh. They are lucky they are so cute…

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Hawaii – part 2

For part 2 of my Hawaii series, I thought I would mix it up a little bit. Nothing earth shattering here, but here is a sample of some random textures and close ups of stuff in Hawaii. I thought they might look cool blown up really big. Not that I need more artwork in my house, but I really should update some of the photos in our frames. Maybe this should be on my Christmas vacation project list…

Can you guess the textures?

From the top right: Lichen on a lava rock, rusted highway divider, sand, beach cliffs, water, highway hillside.

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