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....so moved that I cried.

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After we arrived in Rome we settled into our apartment (which is wonderful!). We all slept for a while and showered. Except for Trinity....by the time she got to the shower the water was cold as ice. We forgot to leave the hot water switch on.....sorry Trin!!

We headed out of the apartment around 8pm for some dinner. We walked around in awe of the sights around us. At one point, about 1/2 hour into our exploring, I simply busted out in tears! Yes....streaming down my face making a fool of myself. It is simply breathtaking here. I am very lucky to have this opportunity and even luckier to be able to share it with the two most important people in my life. I will stop there or I'll be crying again!!


Everywhere you look there is something to see. From quaint Restoriante, historic ruins, sculptures, fountains.....it's endless. Each with their own distinct charm. I cant even begin to describe what we saw or how each made me feel.


We had forgotten about food as we were mesmerized by the sights around us. Finally, we stopped and grabed an apple to tide us over for dinner. Finally giving up on finding something, we ventured back to the apartment around 0100. Trinity and I found a place to have a Roman pizza and 1/2 liter of wine before heading to bed.

Night-time is something to see in Rome.


Life is very good....


Posted by Khandilee 01:49 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

A Day in Dublin

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Being asked for directions...twice. Once in Chicago and once in Dublin. Love the feeling of being approachable, or the feeling of not being a tourist or maybe both.

Learning to walk on the wrong side of the sidewalk. Feeling like a drunk on Saturday night, weaving in and out of the foot traffic and tripping over things. I think I nearly got hit 3-4 times and tripped over stuff (probably my own feet) at least twice.

“Bin your gum” Not Euro 150 First, I love the phrase! Second...that's a lot of Euro for tossing your gum on the ground! They take littering seriously here.
Wondering when kids this young started traveling. I swear that some the kids in the hostel tonight look like they are about 12 y/o.

Trinity College: Trinity now wants to attend and we don't know what it offers. But they do have a cool 'Trinity' sweatshirt! Thinking maybe a Christmas gift....shhh, don't tell her!!

The shock of co-ed bathrooms. On finally checking into our room and readying for a nap, Corey returned from the bathroom facilities with a little embarrassment showing. I was unaware of the co-ed bathroom on booking so wasn't able to warn him. I think he might get used to it

Saw my first castle. Dublin Castle. Only one very small section even looks like a castle anymore. There has been what appears to be multiple additions over the years and only the entrance gate and one small section even look like a castle.
Officially obtained my first blister....and it HURTS! Need to learn to use public transport a little more and walk a little less.

We left Chicago via Aer Lingus in route to Dublin. The flight itself was quite uneventful. Unfortunately for the three of us it was also restless. On arriving in Dublin, we had all been awake for the better portion of a full 24 hours.

If you ever stay at the Avalon house, be aware that when they say check in is at 1400, they really do mean it. I assumed that it would be much like any hotel that I have stayed in and if a room was available we could check in early. I was wrong. We arrived Dublin around 10am all ready for a short sleep before exploring and were forced to explore on no sleep. I think at this point, we were all a little agitated. No one was allowed early entry and there was about 12 people waiting to check in at 1400....finally nap time!

My sight-seeing in Dublin was short and incomplete. I have to say that I do like the feel of the city. It's very youth-full and looks like lots going on. I will have to plan for a couple of days on a return trip. Not feeling much like wandering tonight. With little sleep and blisters on my feet, it's just going to have to wait for a better day. Will head to temple bar area a little later when the rest of my travel group wakes up and feels like getting a bite and a beer. Hope that a drink or two will help me sleep tonight.


Have a three hour flight into Rome tomorrow....then we can relax for a little while as we will be staying there for 7 nights. Plenty of time to explore Rome at a casual pace.


Update: Got out for a little dinner and Trinity's First!!!

Posted by Khandilee 05:58 Archived in Ireland Tagged family_travel Comments (2)

The windy city

Chicago, the point of departure.

It's called the "windy city" but it's been hot as hell and no wind in sight. I always thought that it was so called due to the winds coming off of Lake Michigan. I was wandering in Borders yesterday to get some reprieve from the heat and found a "Best of..." book by Lonely Planet. Browsing through the book while sipping on a coffee in the much appreciated air-conditioning, I found that the nickname for Chicago isn't what I thought. According to the Lonely Planet the windy-city was so named due to the long-winded politicians of Chicago. So, no wind for me today....


We are lounging at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago, awaiting our departure to Rome (via Dublin). It is becoming more and more difficult for me to sit and wait. I am ready to begin the trip and explore the Roman Empire (and hopefully learn some of the history along the way).


The kids have already put me in my place as a travel companion and not Mom. It's difficult to remember that they are growing into adulthood quicker than I would like to think. I have been over-ruled a couple of times and our trip has barely started. I am trying but it's hard to not be Mom.... I am sure that there will be many instances where I 'forget' and treat them as children instead of the adults they are becomiing...

I don't think that we have forgotten anything essential. We managed to charge everything overnight so all the electronics are charged, packed and ready to go. If there is anything that we forgot that we cant live without....it will have to be obtained along the way.

More to come soon.

Ciao (bye)

Posted by Khandilee 09:36 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (1)


or Mom's chance to embarrass the kids!!

I'm a little late on this but before we head out to the great country of Italy, I thought I would introduce 'TheTreftFamily' to those that may not know us...

Me: My name is Candy and I work as a travel RN in the US. I am 39 y/o and mother of the below-mentioned near-adult/adult children. A wanderer at heart and finally have the means to explore my wanderlust (hoping to share a bit of it with my kids).

Corey: Oldest of two children. Eclectic, writer, comedian, dreamer, non-conformist, and handsome 21 year old man. Always able to make you laugh. Best, most devoted friend anyone could have.

Trinity: Baby of the family. Sweet, kind-hearted, loving, confident, adventurer, achiever, would give you the shirt off her back if she thought you needed it. Pure blond at moments and lover of life. Beautiful inside and out 15 y/o young lady. (Will be celebrating her 16th birthday in ITALY!!)

So....we are ready to head out on a family adventure with very little experience under our belts. We are certain to have times of awe, aggravation, enjoyment, frustration, thankfulness, and a plethora of other emotions along the way. In the end, I hope that it brings us closer as a family and gives me the opportunity to witness first hand what beautiful and intelligent young adults my children have become.

Wish us luck and good travels. And please drop a note along the way...it will be interesting to see who is following us on this blog.....

Posted by Khandilee 12:46 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

The Itinerary

I have been getting questions from everyone about my itinerary, so here goes!

June 17-20: Drive Elko to Home

June 20-22: See Family and last minute packing needs

June 23:

Corey arrive Chicago via plane (need to get ticket-today).
Me and Trinity taking Amtrak (still need to book)!!
We got a free night at the Hard Rock Hotel (courtesy of my long stay at the hotel here in Elko). It's a great looking place! 4 Star!!

June 24:
Leave Chicago 6:50pm

June 25:

Arrive Dublin at 8:30am (Dublin time)
We are planning to spend the day exploring what we can of Dublin. I am hoping to hit a true Irish Pub for a pint and dinner.
Spending the night at Avalon House Hostel.

June 26:

Leave Dublin 7:10am
Arrive Rome 11:00am

June 26-July 2: ROME ~ Rented apartment

July 3-6:

Rome to Naples
Lodging at Bella Capri Hostel
Day trip to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius
Celebrate Trinity's 16th Birthday!!

July 6-18


July 19-26

Corey headed back to Rome for remainder of trip
Trinity and I to visit:
Cinque Terre
La Spezia

July 26-28

Back to Rome to prep for trip home

July 29

Leave Rome 8:55pm (local time)
Arrive Dublin 11:55pm (local time)
Overnight in Dublin

July 30

Leave Dublin 2:20pm (local time)
Arrive Chicago 4:40pm (local time)

July 30-31

Recuperate at Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago (two more free nights!!)

Aug 1st

Corey fly back to Louisville
Trinity and I take Amtrak back home.

Aug 2-?: Hope like hell I can find a job!!![i]

Just as a side note: This plan is only an outline. I am open to any/all suggestions. I am sad that we are not going to southern Italy, but I just don't know how to fit it in the time frame that we have allotted. I made a silly mistake (trying to save a few $$ on the flight) by flying into Rome instead of Milan and we are forced to do some backtracking now.

Posted by Khandilee 16:04 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (6)

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