Thursday, November 23, 2006

Europe- Italy 2006

Hometown of Carlo Lenzini, Pinocchio's creator


Left side of tower

Right side of tower-
notice the difference on sinking side


Calamidoro Hotel

Villa Rosa

San Gimignano- Medieval city

San Gimignano- Medieval City


Ponte Vecchio- Florence

Il Duomo-Florence (white, green and red marble)

Villa Certosa

Villa Certosa -Florence

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Europe- Austria Oct 2006

Vienna Operahaus

Monument to Haydn

Rathaus-City Hall- Vienna

Strauss' Blue Danube- Vienna

The Parliament-Vienna

Cafe Frauenhuber- Vienna
Mozart and Beethoven frequented
and performed here

Shonbrunn Palace-Vienna

Cute old man played
"The Vienna Waltz" for me
and kissed my hand

The Burgtheater-Vienna


Church where the Vienna Boy's Choir resides and performs

Our Family-2006

Melody Trent and Camden Joshua-
17 November 2006

Camden Joshua Feist-2 days old

At The Kursalon in Vienna, Oct. 2006

As we contemplate this season of expressing gratitude for blessings, (our newest of which, is Camden Joshua Feist, born to Melody and Trent 17 Nov. 2006), we are struck with the realization that with our growing family, we have come to a point where dispersion of our children throughout the country and the inevitable distance make it necessary for us to follow their technology-savy example and create a blog to stay closer in touch with each other.
You have probably figured out by now that you-know-who, goofy guy, who now insists on being called "Granpy, not granpa, by all future grandchildren" came up with the name for this family blog. When I suggested that perhaps, since all the children call me "Mommy", "Granmy" could be an easy, logical and close enough name for our grandchildren to know me by, he immediately chimed in: "I want to be Granpy...that's a good one; that's funny; it sounds like grumpy and I'm a grumpy old guy". Oy... Oh well, why fight it? Hence, we give you: "HarrisonMania"...
In October we traveled to Austria to attend the yearly Strategic Management Society meeting and enjoyed a much welcomed reprieve from our typical hectic, (as Jared re-iterated) HarrisonMania lifestyle.
"We had a good time because we really like each other and we enjoy being together a lot" (input from you-know-who again!).
After the conference, we flew to Italy and spent a few days in beautiful Tuscany. We totally relished the experience. The country and the people are so wonderfully delightful that we decided we couldn't get enough so we are planning to return and do a semester or two at the University of Pisa when it comes time for a Sabbatical.