Target Gift Card Giveaway Winner & BACK FROM ITALY!

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Target Gift Card Giveaway Winner & BACK FROM ITALY!

Bonjourno!  The hubs and I are back from a trip to Italy (with a 22 hour layover in Paris.)

We planned the trip over a year ago and had our plane tickets and hotels booked and paid for long before I got so sick in February and we found out I had to have surgery.  So even though the timing was bad (bad for work and me still not being 100%), we decided to just go.  I’ve learned this past year how short life can be- so we weren’t’ going to miss this once in a lifetime trip!

The trip was amazing.  We saw mind boggling historical sights, stunning views and vistas and ate ridiculously good food. It was different than we dreamed, but still absolutely unbelievable.

I’m planning on doing several posts on the trip over the next couple weeks, but for now here are a few pictures. Enjoy! (Keep reading to find out the winner of the Gift Card.)


A quick glimpse of the Eiffel Tower on our 22 hour layover



Gondola ride in Venice (It was UNSEASONABLY COLD!!!)



Hiking between towns at Cinque Terre



“Holding” up the leaning tower of Pisa



Cheese (Because I ate a ridiculous amount of it on the trip- oh so good)



Touring the Tuscan hill towns



Becoming “Renaissance” historians in Florence



Learning about the Romans at the Coliseum



Blown away by Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica



Throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain so we will return to Rome again someday!!

It’s amazing to travel and have the chance so see such awesome things… but it is SO nice to be home.  We certainly missed and appreciate the comforts America has to offer!

AND NOW for the winner of the $25 dollar Target Giftcard!  I randomly computer generated a winner from the comments on my blog.

The winner is… Nicole Wright. 

She says: I have a 7 month old son so we do alot of walking and playing. He loves to get strapped on with hours moby wrap and go walking round the pond near our house. We walk at least 2 miles a day and sometimes try to do more. We eat whole foods and try to keep our diet clean. My son eats mostly what we eat but I also make some of his food.

Nicole… send me an e-mail at [email protected] with the address you would like me to send the gift card to and I’ll mail it out to you.

Congratulations!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered.  I am continuing my partnership with C9 by Target so I hopefully will have more opportunities to win again.

**The Giveaway is sponsored by Target and I was compensated for it.  All opinions, ideas and commentary are my own**[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:31-04:00 June 10th, 2013|Fun, Giveaway, Italy, Travel|13 Comments


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  4. Perry Lee Brown June 11, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    So glad you got to make your trip. Your pictures are so good. Thanks for sharing them with us. So thnkful you were able to make the trip. You lookk great. God is so good!!

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      God is good! thanks Perry!

  5. Margaret McGinnis June 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Julie, My son and I was in Italy a couple years ago visting my grandaughter and her husbasnd who is in the military and is stationed there. We visited Venus, Florance, Pisa, The Trevi Fountain, Milan, and last but not least we also traveled to Rome for 4 days. Words cannot describe what an awesome time we had with my granduughter and husband, and seeing all the beautiful places in Italy…

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      It was crazy to see something so amazing everyday!

  6. Vince DiCarlo June 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Some people get all the luck. Beautiful city with a beautiful wife.

  7. Kim @ Cooking in the City June 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    How fun! Sounds like a well-deserved trip. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your posts and pictures!

    • JulieWunder June 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kim!

  8. Diane Norris June 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    beautiful pictures !! glad you had a good time !!

  9. Esther Sorensen June 10, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    What wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing them with us.

  10. Joanne Shafer June 10, 2013 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Good to see you back this morning and also glad you had the opportunity to go. Looks like you had a good time.

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