Got back from Europe last week...haven't had time to post. Lets see if I can have a quick recap:
Flew in to Frankfurt with my adorable wife. We got our rental car and drove to her grandmother's home town. Found the church where her great grandparents and great uncle were buried. Ate lots of good food there. Found people that knew her great uncle.
Went to Burg Eltz. It was the coolest castle ever. We had a great time checking it out and hanging there. Went to Trier and saw the black gate (a leftover from roman times). Had a really great dinner at a wine bar there (right beside the church that had the tunic or christ...).
Went to Rothenburg. A really cool medeval town. Almost bought a cuckoo clock...but decided to wait. Had lot of good food throughout our time in Germany.
Dropped off car in Frankfurt and flew out to Rome. Caught train to Naples, then trained to Sorrento (on the horribly crowded local train). Spent four days in Sorrento. Ate lots of good food (especially the Scorpion Fish Pasta), went in the water (in a really odd spot), went to Pompeii and did a tour, just generally hung out.
Took the ferry to Naples, went to the museum with all the great stuff pulled from Pompeii. Ate great pizza. Took train to Rome.
Bus strike in Rome, took cab to Ponto Sisto. Found our place. Went to dinner (though on the quick). Had hectic trip to vatican. Toured the Vatican museum. Really impressed with the Raphael room and the Sistine Chapel (of course). All in all, it was a neat visit. Had tripe pizza afterwards. Next day went to the Coloseum, Palantine Hill and Forum. Tried to go to restaurant again...only to be denied once again. Went to place called Paris instead...and, though a little pricey, it was great! Then we flew back.
It was a good time, and my wife did really well (did miss the kids a little, but that is to be expected). We had a lot of good food. Brought back some good wine, olive oil and vinegar.
Since we have been back we have been hard at work trying to get the yard moving in the right direction. Still have a lot of work to do, but we are getting there. Today my back was a little screwy...hopefully one more day of rest will put me back on the right path.