Belgium – 2011

While visiting friends in Chicago, I received a surprise phone call from my husband asking me if I wanted to pack my bags when I got home and head to Belgium ….


Chicago 2011

As a first time visitor, Chicago was full of surprises.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Chicago other than to see an abundance of record breaking architectural wonders.  That and the lure of SNL Cheeseburger  Cheeseburger… no fries, chips … no coke, pepsi!

Chicago did not disappoint.   The highlight though … Gino’s East deep dish pizza.  Absolutely, hands down, the best pizza I ever ate.  I laughed when my friends described it to me and told me about people who had it shipped to their homes.  Add me to that list …  my favorite Christmas present this year …


CiCi

Inspecting the Christmas stocking perhaps?

One day we received a phone call from our son informing us that “we” have a problem. A puppy was in trouble and needed a home. Never mind that our son is a college student living five hours away in an apartment that has a “no animals” clause in the lease. Inconvenient details that surely can be worked out. Parents can be won over and little sister can be bribed to help out! Problem solved.

Napping

CiCi is now a welcome addition to the family … and perfect timing.  We get to enjoy the puppy phase, the excitement when visitors arrive, the choice selection of clothes, shoes, and many other objects to nosh on … and then when she is all grown up and trained … well, you get the picture!  We love CiCi … she has brought a lot of unpredictability and immense joy to our family!

Early morning walk to the park


Italy – 2011

The benefits of being a tag-along on yet another business trip.  We were able to visit Milan with shopping opportunities everywhere we looked, Bologna where I reconnected with an old friend, Bellagio and Lake Como.  I love business trips when I’m not the one working!

Here are some of my favorite pictures ….  check out the photo gallery for more …

 

Waiting for the train to take us to Milan

Wandering the streets of Bellagio

Can't pass up an opportunity to take a short rest!

I never want to leave Bologna!

Walking around Bellagio

Views from CastelVecchio, Verona

Lets stop here!


Israel – November 2011

After a few days in Egypt, we headed to Israel where we met up with the remainder of our group.  We were also quite anxious to be able to eat fresh fruit and vegetables!  Many memories and a thousand pictures later ….


Masada – Views from the cable car ride

Jerusalem

Friends

Don’t sneeze

Carbohydrates worth eating

Tired

Bet She’an

Here are some of my favorites:

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Egypt – November 2011

The highlight of our trip to Egypt was the hike up Mt. Sinai. We began our journey up Mt. Sinai at 12:00 am first riding a camel then hiking up rocks which were described by our tour guide as steps.  Seriously …. steps?  We neared the top around 4:30 am where we rested in a Bedouin version of a coffee shop for an hour or so … then climbed more steps to the top.  Facing one way we saw the sun rise … turn around and we saw beautiful mountains illuminated by the moon.


Atop Mt. Sinai at sunrise

Friends sharing a beautiful moment ...

Sunrise happened so quickly … the views were breathtaking

Relaxing at the Christian Coptic Church in Egypt

I hope you enjoy the slideshow of some of my favorites ….

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