Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jessica's Visit {Part I}

Jess and Eva with Como in the background - taken from Brunate.
We have been so, so blessed to have lots of visits from family while we're living in Como. It has been neat to show everyone around our temporary home, as well as travel throughout Italy together. During November, my sister, Jessica was able to match up a trip here with her break from dental school - and it was so much fun having her visit! During her stay, we took the train into Milan, as well as Florence and Rome. We also hosted an American-style Thanksgiving dinner for our Italian friends and couldn't have pulled it off without her help! Neither of us had ever cooked food for that many people before, what an incredible challenge! It was a great way to end her visit. More on that later... here are a few photos from Milan.

In front of the Duomo in Milan!
Eva warmed up to Aunt Jessi pretty quickly and it wasn't long before Jess was teaching her to growl. Yep. You read that right. I'm sure it's only the first in a long line of... "Who taught you that? ... Of course it was your Aunt Jessi." :)

Jess in front of the Duomo.

Another picture in front of Milan's cathedral! 
Jess bought tickets to see Da Vinci's The Last Supper while we were in Milan, so that was a real treat! Unfortunately, we weren't able to to take any photos in the climate-controlled room where the painting is stored because it's deteriorating rapidly and they're doing everything possible to preserve it. Seeing the painting was amazing - and something we hadn't yet been able to do, so it was awesome to get a chance.

The REAL reason  Jess came to Italy. Alone time with her niece! :)