Warm Greetings From Verona Italy!

Happy New Year everyone! We are currently in Verona, home to the forever romantic couple of young lovers Romeo and Juliet. Prior to Verona, we were enjoying Rome with Federico’s family. Just like in Spain, the holiday celebration is on January 6 (along with Christmas Eve) and it was fun being with the kids, but l have to admit, I am happy to be away from them.

Greetings from Verona! Postcard from a chilly city.

4 friends at dinner
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The four amigos having dinner in Verona

Verona is absolutely lovely. I like it more than l thought l would. It has been cold, which has actually been welcomed by us because it gave us a chance to suit up. The weather has been perfect in my opinion, not a drop of rain. Lots of sun and very few fellow tourists. I can’t wait to come back and tell you all about this wonderful little place.

We even went on a day trip to Garda which was very nice too, complete with missteps, the norm for me in my quest to be frugal but which sometimes end up costing way more than the original. This time, we had friends with us too, so they got to enjoy some of our tomfoolery! 🙂

cold cuts plate
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Yummy cold cuts, some of the lovely food we have been indulging in.

One thing l definitely noticed was the different accent of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. It sounds so much more sophisticated in my opinion. I had always thought that the accents sounded the same, but l am beginning to notice the little things. It also seems to be a more relaxed, richer area. I can see why George Clooney decided to buy and live in Lake Como. There’s a lot of money around these parts.

castle in verona italy. greeting from Verona
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The castle lit up at night. Beautiful and reminded me of the Alcazar in Cordoba but without the Spanish Inquisition.

Our friends visiting from Houston decided on Verona and it has been great seeing them again. Our first overseas meeting was in Rome a few years ago, then on to Florence, the last time we saw them was on our visit to Houston and Los Angeles. Now, we are in Verona together! Who know where we will meet up next?

We hope 2019 has been good to you so far, and we will “see” you soon! Have your 2019 travel plans kick off yet?

17 thoughts on “Warm Greetings From Verona Italy!”

  1. I think I saw a hint of a smile on Federico’s face! He must have been really enjoying the evening.
    2019 includes Annie visiting New Zealand and Tasmania with a friend, our annual 6 week summer vacation with a month relaxing on Florida’s panhandle Gulf Coast and return to Denver via the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, later a trip to Ireland/Wales/Scotland/England and ending the year in Antarctica/Patagonia/Paraguay.
    Happy New Year – Safe Travels.
    Steve

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    • Happy New Year! Wow..you guys have some amazing travel plans for the year. Fantastic! Ireland is somewhere that is off and on on my radar and Paraguay sounds amazing from what l’ve seen and read. Annie’s New Zealand plans also sound good. I almost made it there years ago when l visited Sydney but found out unless you plan ahead, the flight costs were prohibitive. Almost as much as our flights from L.A to Sydney so it was a no go. Safe travels to you too!

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  2. Well you’ve piqued my interest in Verona Kemi! Ever since I had to cancel my plans to travel in Italy last October, I’ve had an itch to visit. I think my inclination is to make the trip longer and slower and Verona would fit in nicely. Looks like 2019 is off to a good start for you! Anita

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    • Haha! Glad to do it. I hope you will get to Italy this year and Verona is very special, especially crowd free. It was really a good time and the food is awesome. I had sort of grown tired of cold cuts in Spain, but theirs revitalized my pallet and l indulged :-). Italy awaits you!

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  3. Kem, thanks for the teaser. I look forward to reading more of your adventure. Question for you; we will be road trippin’ from Florida to Texas during April and are considering one night in Houston (just to break up the drive). Is Houston a walk-able city, with worthwhile sights to visit (other than the space center) and should we consider a hotel downtown, or just stay out side the city limits, rest and keep moving the next morning. Not sure why I am having trepidation about this stop, but appreciate any insight you have to offer.

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    • Happy New Year Suzanne! I suspect you have trepidation on the stop because you know deep down what the answer is :-). My suggestion is to skip it if you can. There is nothing special about it except for NASA. The downtown Westheimer is cute and there is a pseudo bohemian neighborhood Montrose but not worth a visit in my opinion. Apologies to Houstonians, but it’s just lots and lots of same looking subdivisions and not walkable at all.

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  4. I really want to visit Verona. Going in the winter is a great idea…the crowds have not arrived yet 😄

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    • It was nice to have Verona practically to ourselves for the first days. On Friday, the crowds came, but still nowhere close to the mayhem of summer time. Definitely a good time to go.

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  5. When you get together with the in-laws, what language do you speak? Or does Federico just translate. People naturally want to talk in their native tongue, the language they first learned to speak. I mean you could go around cursing them out all the time and no one would just understand, unless your husband was nearby! Love that first photo!

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    • Happy New Year Cheryl! It’s a whole lot of miming, Google translate and live Google translate in the form of Federico since l don’t speak Italian and they don’t speak English :-). It’s been a bit better now because l just say it in Spanish and since a lot of the words are similar, they understand better now, but still a work in progress. The MIL is funny, she never gives up until l understand what she says. If l curse, they will understand because my expressions go along with it and there is no mistaking that! 🙂 :-).

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  6. Happy New Year! It’s always nice to be together with friends and being able to do it in such a beautiful city like Verona comes as an extra bonus 🙂 It looks like your friends really enjoy Italy, so probably it will be somewhere in Italy where you will meet next… unless you convince them to try Spain out as well 🙂

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    • Most definitely nice to hang with friends in a great looking place. They absolutely love Italy and l think they would live there in a New York minute if they could. I think you are probably right and we would be meeting in Italy, he already mentioned Florence..haha! but l would skip that..tired of it :-). We are making a play for Spain, someplace they have yet to try..so we’ll see. I hope it’s Spain, it’s beautiful here too.

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  7. Happy New Year KemKem!

    ‘Very much looking forward to reading all about your upcoming travels this year?

    I’ve probably missed it somewhere, but did you write about where you plan to go or what you’re going to do this year?
    p.s. Many greetings to Federico. Both Frank & “The Tall Young Gentleman” say hi!

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    • Happy New Year Victoria..and good to see your started with a bang! Apart from the wish list from our year end roundup post, I have not made any firm plans apart from London in March. Just as well as we ended up with a spur of the moment trip. Hopefully there will be more of that. Hugs to the TTYG and Frank, and to you of course :-).

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  8. So Italy is where you guys went, I knew you were going somewhere out of Valencia while I was there, which I loved!! Definitely will be returning and hopefully you guys will be home so we can grab coffee. I was in Verona in August and there were plenty of tourist, but not overwhelming.

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    • I did reply to the email address you gave me and figured you weren’t able to meet up. Glad you liked Valencia though and definitely hope you make a return visit so we can meet up 🙂 . Verona seems to be under the radar somewhat still save for the Juliet connection. Liked it a lot.

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