March 5th, 1999

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Welcome to Italy.

Here is part XV of our European Holiday Flash Pages.


Greetings Fellow Cactarians, ;-)

Another year, another birthday over with. Ruth celebrated her 21st birthday on the 19th of February. I'm thinking she done alright for herself. Her parents gave her an antique ladies "s" curve roll top desk and a few other bits and pieces of girly shit. I found a curved front hi-boy cabinet with a built in hat box. Ruth was ecstatic, which was great to see.
As part of Ruth's birthday present we did a bit of travel. The week before her birthday we traveled with her Dad about an hour over the Oregon border top a place called Baker City. Yeah, yeah, I know about the Griswald travel curse but everything went OK. We spent several hours browsing antiques shops in the search of gear for the three stores that Ruth has rented space in. The weekend of Ruth's Birthday was spent in Seattle with Ruth's sister and brother in law. Most of our time was spent in the town of Snohomish which is basically 300 antique shops in a 10 block radius.
We had a break last weekend, by that I mean I spent all weekend doing paperwork for Ruth's business and she spent all weekend cataloging her gear and putting in the stores. This weekend were off to Portland for some big antique show that 1500 dealers turn up to. I'm thinking I going to get tired of all that action and try and sneak over to the Hot Rod and car show on the other side of town.
As you can see not much has been happening in Boise......we haven't been in town long enough to see (ha ha ha) I thinks this year is already shot in regards to travel. We have to go to Dallas (Texas), Brimfield (Connecticut) and Phoenix (Arizona) for different family re-unions, weddings and birthdays. Why do I think airline "food" is going to be on of our 5 food groups???

We better get our fingers out if we are going to get into work early enough. Look for more after we get back from Portland.

Stay Happy ;-)
Ruth & Fitzy

Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
We stopped off in Florence for a couple of hours and wouldn't you know it, the first thing Ruth found was an antique market.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
I know it's hard to see, but the streets were literally filled with thousands of mopeds and scooters.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
We were looking for the museum that houses Michaelangelo's "David", we found this church on the way.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
We learnt the hard way that most of Italy's museums are closed on Mondays. So we didn't get to see Michaelangelo's "David" for ourselves.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
This church went some way to make up for our disappointment.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
Like anything in Europe, the best time to see anything is either when it first opens or be the last people before closing.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
We actually got here around 9 a.m. and it was turning into a zoo.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
Were you wondering where you got your mid-trip e-mail from?
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
If Ruth is the champion at sniffing out antique stores, Fitzy is excellent at finding places that have anything to do with electronics.
Florence, Italy SEPT 1998
What's the easiest way to remember where you parked? Park it next to one of the town most important attractions.