Friday, August 12, 2011

Lake Barcis, Dinner Without Kids, and More Beach!

Still lots more to do and see while my mother was still here. However in all fairness she was warned that she was going to need a vacation FROM her vacation! :) With so much to do around here that is so close we had to show off the beauty of where we are living. So we took a short 30 minute drive up to Lake Barcis. Can't help but love the beauty and tranquility of Italy.

We stopped at a nice quite area in Barcis and got out to walk along the lake. The boys right away noticed how many fish there were gathered in the water in front of them. I think they were waiting to to be fed by the boys or be FED the boys! The boys would take off walking and the fish would follow them, then the boys would stop and turn around and walk the other direction and all the fish would quickly turn around and follow them. It quickly became a game for the boys to see how fast they could get the fish to all turn around and follow them.

If there is water around you can bet my boys are in it. It was so hard for them to not jump right into the calm lake. We had to promise them we would go back one day and let them swim and jump off the platforms. We however could not keep them out of the water completly. They had to get some part of their body wet, just to have that satisfaction of being so close to the water and getting wet. :) It was a bit colder than I think they thought it was, and maybe swimming wasn't such a good idea after all. 

After spending the afternoon awing over the beauty at our fingertips, it was time to get ready for dinner Italian style. By that I mean adults only no kids allowed. That is one thing I have noticed while living in Italy is that they don't eat out often and they hardly ever eat out with children. Usually it is our rowdy and obnoxious kids that are the only ones in the restaurants unless there are other Americans there too. Anyway we were so looking forward to taking my mom out to dinner this night and just enjoying the peace and quiet without kids. The place we decided to go we had been to on a tour when we first got to Italy, then a few weeks ago we went to this same restaurant with a couple that was getting ready to PCS back to the states. The atmosphere, location and food was awesome. So we couldn't wait to get back there and enjoy the evening.

Well the atmosphere, company, and evening were wonderful. The food I ordered was not so much.:( It looks yummy but this one of those times you don't judge your food on appearance. The fisrt course was deer meat wrapped in a crust. I usually would have passed on the game meat, but I was feeling in the mood to try something new, mistake number 1.
The second course was some kind of veal.....something I also have never tried (mistake number 2!)
Final course DESSERT! Think I was safe with this course, but after the first two, I really couldn't stomach the yummy part of the meal. It however was very beautiful even if it wasn't eaten.
Dispite the bad meal, the night was perfect. Wonderful company, conversation, and atmosphere.

When there is nothing else to do on a weekend, you can never go wrong with spending the day at the beach, especially since there are tons all within and hour or two. So this weekend we opted to try a new beach in Caorle Italy.
It was only about an hour drive but there was SO much traffic that it took about two hours to get there. The beach was called Baiablu Beach and was a lot fancier than the one we normally go to. They had cabannas, and massage huts. It would be the perfect place to have a romantic day getaway! :)

The beach itself was awesome, and not very busy. The boys could go way out into the ocean and still be able to touch and jump over the waves. The shore line was filled with seashells and the boys brought home buckets full of them. Another great day spent enjoying God's glorious creations!!

"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters and teach some of us more than we could ever learn from books."
~ John Lubbock