We were surprised and excited last week when my friend Lindsey e-mailed to ask if we were up for a spontaneous visit from her and the kids for a few days during spring break. Mike is the pediatrician on the Navy base in Rota, Spain and they were hoping to fly on a Space Available military flight to come and see us. They ended up getting to spend a few "bonus" days with us since it turned out to be quite difficult to get back home on a Space A flight. All in all, we had 7 days together with our combined tribe of 6 preschoolers (Lindsey's 4 y.o., 2y.o, and 3 month old + our trio!) - it was crazy, but a lot of fun too and we enjoyed sharing some of our Sicilian favorites with them.
|The main piazza and duomo on Ortygia
An outing to Siracusa - a charming Baroque city on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Siracusa was built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by the Corinthians in 734 B.C. (For a time it rivaled Athens as the most influential city of the Greek world.)
|Elise and Tatum enjoyed crafts and puzzles galore!
|Up, up and away...riding the funivia (cable car) to Taormina!
|Ciao Bella! What a treat to watch the girls have so much fun together!
|A few of the beautiful piazzas in Taormina.
|A lovely rocky beach at the base of the cable car...the kids loved looking for sea glass and other nautical treasures!