Thursday, December 17, 2009
Kenzie's string class played at our local store for the holidays. This is a clip of her duet with her teacher
Posted by Heather Jacks at 10:50 AM
My mom left for home today. We had a wonderful month long visit. It does not matter how long she stays, it is never long enough. We saw so much of Sicily...Cefalu, Palermo, Taormina, Siracusa and so many other fantastic places. We toured, cooked, shopped, and laughed. Today, I am lonely.
Posted by Heather Jacks at 8:02 AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We had visitors for Thanksgiving. Jeff, Annie, Abby, Thorbin,(German foreign exchange student), Chris, and Lynda,(Mom), all made the long journey to Sicily. We saw many historical sights, including, Greek temples and amphitheaters. We even visited the two small villages where the Godfather movies were filmed. You can see Jeff and Chris sitting outside the famous bar from the movie. We ended on a high note, Jeff's birthday. Most of the group left on the 28th of November. Mom is here until mid December. More updates to come.
Posted by Heather Jacks at 11:43 AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Matt surprised me with a trip to Tuscany for my birthday. Mackenzie and I traveled to Pisa, Siena, and the beautiful Cinque Terre. We had the best time! On my birthday, we ate dinner at an outdoor cafe on the Piazza del Campo, or outdoor public square in Siena. I dined on asparagus risotto... it was fantastic! I had traveled to Siena during a high school art trip, and it was good to be back and see the city through adult eyes. We took the train from a city called Spezia, to the Cinque Terre,(five lands). A series of five villages along the sea which are a part of the Italian rivera. It was truly a magnificent journey. I hope to return and explore the villages more deeply. Many people were hiking the distance between the villages along trails which have the most breathtaking views. We packed a lot into only two full days. Mackenzie was a wonderful travel companion. I am including photos below from our adventures.
Posted by Heather Jacks at 4:42 AM
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We made a trip to Agrigento and the Valle dei Templi this past weekend. It was the most fascinating place. You can read more about this destination, which is a world heritage site, here www.valleyofthetemples.com The temple you see in the photos is the temple of Concordia and dates from 430 B.C....Wow! It is also the most intact of the temples. The archeological site is about two hours from our house. We can't wait to take our visitors on this journey.
Posted by Heather Jacks at 3:40 AM
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We cannot believe that the summer vacation is over. Time flies when you move to another country and start anew. The kids have started school, and seem to be very happy with their new school and friends. Our neighborhood has its own bus which picks up the 15 kids in a Mercedes minibus. They go to school in style. Jordan has made the journey to Spain. He will spend the next week touring, and then will begin his studies in Sevilla. We will miss him. The house is slowly coming together, and we are adjusting to a new way of life here. We have not had much time to explore lately, however, I have attached a few photos from our adventures. We attended a medieval festival on the grounds of a medieval castle. It was fantastic!!
Flame dancers at a local medieval festival
Posted by Heather Jacks at 11:03 AM
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Matt, Jordan and I made a day trip to a really charming city about an hour away from base. The main attraction was the fantastic flight of 142 steps (see Jordan at the base). The steps are volcanic stone with beautiful colored tiles. Each side of the staircase is lined with stores, restaurants and the like. The town is known for its beautiful ceramic work.
Posted by Heather Jacks at 12:24 PM