bloggy doodle

bloggy doodle (n. - blog-ee dood-l): a peek into the life of a teacher mama and police recruit daddy and their reasons for being: a brown-eyed, blonde-haired little boy and his furry, four-legged partner in crime...and coming soon, a baby girl!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Paying it forward...

Father Joe gave us a great idea: to take miniature bottles of Maker's Mark to leave with each of our hosts. Thanks, Father Joe, for this special travel tip!

Monday, June 15, 2009

So much to do, so little time...

In two weeks we leave for Rome. Our to-do list is growing by the minute. Check out our Top 5:

1. Confirm reservations.
We did a lot of research to stay within our budget of $100 per night. Stay tuned for reviews!

2. Prioritize packing list.
We bought Osprey travel backpacks in an effort to limit how much we pack. Justin's 2 pairs of wash-as-you-go underwear will free up at least 2150 of the 4300 cubic inches in his bag!

3. Lay in a supply of OTC meds.
Since we'll be 5000 miles from home and our mamas, we want to cover our bases in the event of minor illness or aches and pains.

4. Download City Navigator Europe for the Garmin.
For $149.99, we will have access to 1.7 million points of interest and 8.5 million kilometers of road coverage throughout Europe. In the long run, it is the small price to pay to ensure that we end up in the right places at the right times!

5. Brush up on Italian and French.
By "brush up on," I mean start from scratch. You know, the fundamental phrases: Where is the bathroom? We are lost. The cheese is old and moldy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Oh the places we'll go...

Presenting...our itinerary and a sneak peak at some of the sights and scenes we hope to experience (and photograph, of course!).

June 26: Drive to Atlanta.

June 27: Depart Atlanta for Rome.

June 28: Arrive in the Eternal City.

June 30: Cinque Terre (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore).

July 3: Pisa, Lucca, and then to Siena.

July 6: Florence for the day.

Then, on to Venice.

July 8: Arrive in Paris, the City of Light.

July 11: Home sweet home!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Justin and I are up to our eyeballs in reviews, reservations, and research for our upcoming trip to Italy and Paris. We are still in the process of sorting through endless lists of must-see, must-eat, and must-do that have been passed along to us by our friends. We leave June 27, just over two weeks to finalize details!