Welcome to our life!

Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Samstag, 4. April 2009

This time next week

I am so excited! After a particularly draining week, for a thousand reasons, I am so excited to think of where we'll be next week at this time! We're leaving Thursday right after school for Parma, Italy. I am so excited! Our hotels are booked in Parma for Thursday and Friday nights. I even have a balsamic vinegar tour booked at an Acetaia, Villa San Donnino. Even more exciting, the Villa was used in filming the 1976 movie, 1900, starring Robert de Niro (Joern's fave actor,) and Gerard Depardieu. I am so excited to go! I feel like we had a bit of luck in landing this awesome sounding balsamic tour. I had planned on booking a tour through one of the companies that offers guided tours through the region. BUT, they were ridiculously expensive, and you had to provide your own transportation. I did a little more careful research, and found out you can tour producers of the traditional regional foods (Parmagiano Reggiano cheese, Parma ham, and balsamic vinegar) with little cost. I booked the vinegar tour through the Balsamic Vinegar Consortium of Modena. I contacted the consortium about visiting a traditional acetaia. They then contatcted the Villa San Donnino asking them to set up a tour with us. It was so easy and quick, and we are so excited to go!
We're headed to Bologna on Saturday night and have booked Saturday and Sunday nights in Bologna. I'm not sure where we're exactly headed after Sunday night. We may want one more day in Bologna, or maybe not.
I would like to see San Marino, the oldest republic in Europe. Joern would like to go to the beach. I've read wonderful things about Ravenna, which is very close to the sea.
Our only constraint is that we have to be home on Friday night. We're going to see the hugely popular German comedian, Oliver Pocher, here in Stuttgart. The tickets were part of Joern's Christmas gift this past year.
I am so excited to see Italy, to go on vacation with my husband, and just to relax. Having never been to this region of Italy, I am sure that it will be a wonderful adventure!


Emily hat gesagt…

Sounds wonderful! I am dying to hear about the tours - Italy is so diverse and beautiful... not to mention delicious food is so easy to come by.

Hope you get to enjoy a few days off!

Holly hat gesagt…

Have a great time on your well deserved trip. I can't wait to hear all about it!