Back from Italy

14 July 2012
Hello Blogging Buddies!  I am back from my trip to Italy!  Did you miss me?  I felt naked without my Iphone and constant internet access.  Unfortunately, Verizon does not have international plans.  I guess it was a sign that I needed a break from all things work related.  
I went to Italy with my mom and her cousin, Bernadette.  We started in Rome and saw all the classic tourist attractions and like a gazilion churches!  I am Catholic but not that Catholic.  Still I trudged on for my mom and Bernadette.  

The Holy Stairs/Scala Sancta- These are supposedly the marble stairs that Jesus walked up in Pontius Pilate's castle before being put to death.  St. Helen brought them back to Rome and they are currently covered in wood.  You are supposed to go up them on your knees and say a prayer on each step, we did not know that and were wondering why everyone was taking so long.  It hurt!
Bernadette and me at Trevi Fountain

My mom and me at St. Peter's Basilica 
My mom brought back a water bottle filled with Holy Water!

Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica

I managed to find a cat sanctuary in Rome.  It is in the Torre Argentina, the place where Julius Cesare was murdered. 

After Rome, we took a high speed train to Naples.  From the Naples train station, we took a local train to Sorento.  I loved Sorento.  From Sorento, we took a half day trip to Pompei.  We also took a ferry to Capri.  After Sorento, we went to Positano and stayed for a few days.  Then we took a ferry to Salerno and then a train to Sicily where we stayed with Bernadette's in-laws.  My mom and I had hoped to visit where her father is from, but it was not close by and our Italian was not up to par for trying to find our way around non-tourist areas.  Next time!  



On my way into the Blue Grotto, Capri
The Blue Grotto


The train getting on the ferry going to Sicily!

Lipari, Eolie Isolde, Sicilia

Italy was beautiful and it was amazing to see, but I am glad to be back.  I missed my dogs so much!  I hope everything is well in blog land.  Ciao for now. 


  1. Wow! This is wonderful. So cool. Your mom is too cute! What a great trip. However, I don't think my knees could have handled going up those stairs. I'd have to pray just to be able to get onto the next step!
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. I love Sorento and Capri. Too bad you didn't make it to Florence as well. It's my favorite Italian spot.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Next time Florence, I want to go to the Gucci outlet!

  3. I missed meeting you at the blogger meet up in Vegas, but I can see you were having a FANTASTIC trip in Italy! Looks like so much fun :)

    Your books at the giveaway during the meet-up were much appreciated by everyone there! Maybe next time I will get to meet THE Erica Bohrer in person!

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

    1. Awe, thanks Susan! I am so flattered.

      -THE Erica Bohrer

  4. Welcome home, Erica! Your photos are stunning! I'm sure your trip was all that and more, but, I can totally relate to missing the dogs! LOL! I'm sure they covered you with kisses!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

    1. Thanks Lori! I am such a dork, that I facetimed them in Sicily!

  5. No matter how much fun I have on vacation I always look forward to getting home too.
    Thanks for sharing your Italian vacation with us. I've never been.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  6. Oh my goodness Erica! It looks like you had a lot of fun - how beautiful!! I'm glad you're back safe!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  7. GORGEOUS! It's nice to take a break every now and then ;) Glad you're back!

    The Learning Tree

  8. Wow! What a beautiful country!I love how the buildings are on the side of the mountain, and the Blue Grotto is amazing! Was the trip planned on your own or did you go through a travel person?

    1. All the credit goes to my mom! She planned it. It was a bit like backpacking with luggage...hahah. We took trains, buses, and ferries to our stops. My mom pre-booked tours of the Coliseum and the Vatican, a must to skip the lines.

  9. Beautiful photos and beautiful family! Treasured memories - Thanks for sharing!

  10. I too wish I could've met you in Vegas -- Rachelle let everyone know that you really wanted to be there :) But WOW does your trip sound awesome!! I've seen so many pictures of the Blue Grotto and always wanted to go. I was on a little travel spree of my own the past 3 weeks and having a blast but it always feels good to come home my own bed my poochie loves!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

    1. Haha, I love Rachelle!!! Yes, I so missed my own bed. It felt so comfortable. The Blue Grotto was beautiful but you had to pay to take a boat to the Grotto, then wait on the boat for over an hour for a little row boat (pay again) to take you into the Grotto and then you were in there for three minutes! There is a green and white grotto, too. We skipped out on those.

  11. Thanks for sharing your pics. We took a Mediterranean Cruise 5 years ago. You visited many of the places we visited in Italy. It is a beautiful place!

    1. I think next time I would do a cruise, that way I would not have to take my luggage everywhere.

    2. That was the great thing. We also were able to not worry about communicating in another language. (Another language is not bad....but we were so tired at night, it was nice to be able to order our food in English and know what we were eating!) Spain and France as well as the islands are all beautiful!

  12. Wow! Your pictures are amazing. I'm so glad you got to see all those beautiful places! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I loved getting to take a little "peek" at your awesome trip. Your photos are amazing. Thanks for taking a moment to swing by my bloggy-blog today. I am honored :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  14. Hi! I am your newest follower and SUPER excited about it!! I am immediately jealous of your trip to Italy! Wow!! Such great pictures! The water over there is gorgeous!!!

    Little Lovely Leaders

  15. What an amazing trip! The Blue Grotto is so pretty. Glad you had such a fun time!

  16. I lived in Naples, Italy for three years when I was in high school and your pictures brought back so many memories. Thanks for sharing!

    M. Taylor - Georgia

  17. I love Italy! I hope to get back there again soon. I am so glad that you made it back safely! :)
    Jen's Kinder Kids

  18. Beautiful pictures! I love Italy! I learned how to order ice cream in Italian. Welcome home!

  19. So jealous-that's a destination I've always wanted to visit. The pics are gorgeous. Looks like you had a wonderful time!:)

  20. I am glad that you are back. I know that it was fun trip and you will have many memories. It looks like a beautiful place. That Blue Grotto is amazing. Thank you for sharing photos of your trip!

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  22. Wow! That was a trip of a lifetime! I am also your newest follower!

    First Grade Magic

  23. Wow! What a wonderful trip! I hope to get to Italy at some point!
    Come check out my new blog Teaching in Valley

  24. WOW your pictures are amazing. It looks like you had such a wonderful time. BTW, your catholic comment cracked me up. WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  25. Wow! What a beautiful vacation! Wonderful pictures... that grotto...amazing!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  26. Your trip looks fabulous! Just wanted to let you know that I've given you a blog award. Love your blog!!

    Frogs in first grade

  27. Wow! Those are amazing pictures! I am so jealous. Welcome home! We all missed you!
    Eileen Griffin
    Second Grade Sunshine

  28. I loved seeing the pictures of your trip ! Especially the cat sanctuary :) Your blog is awesome, btw!

  29. Hi Erica!
    My son studied in Rome last semester and we had the opportunity to visit him there! Italy is BEAUTIFUL! Isn't it wonderful to have a little time to travel before school starts back up?

  30. Hey Erica! I traveled to several of these places! The Trevi Fountain is so beautiful! I love Italy. I want to go back to take my husband!!!

    Ann Marie Smith @ Innovative Connections

  31. Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I hope to go to those places someday; everything looks so beautiful!


  32. Hi Erica,

    Where do you get your big letters for titles on boards such as your different color polka dot birthday sign?


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