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I just purchased Amtrak tickets to head down to DC next week for the inauguration. For the price I paid, I could have flown round-trip from Nebraska to New Jersey!  But can you really put a price on something as historic as the inauguration of Barak Obama as president?

Of course, the friend I’m going to visit and I don’t actually have tickets to the main event. I imagine we’ll stand among the huddled masses on the Mall, excited just to be kind of close to where the real action is taking place. Once we decide we’re too cold, we’ll head back to her apartment to watch the inauguration on TV, which will be recording on her DVR.

Is anybody else planning to be in DC for the inauguration?

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My photo of the Rialto Bridge (above) taken on my honeymoon has been included in the newly released sixth edition of the Schmap Venice Guide. Does this make me a published photographer?

About Schmap:

Schmap is a leading publisher of digital travel guides for 200 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. More than 90 million Schmap Guides have been downloaded since first release in March 2006: this phenomenally popular series can also be browsed online, with versions optimized for iPhone and Nokia users

The innovative technology behind Schmap Guides lets end users publish schmaps (to share trip itineraries, local reviews and more), and powers a popular range of Schmap Widgets, syndicating more than 6 million maps a month – together with content and event schedules for travel, sports and concert tours – to a fast-growing network of websites and blogs.

To be fair, I had never heard of Schmap until they contacted me about submitting my photo for possible inclusion in the latest guide to Venice (they had found it via Flickr), but it looks like a really interesting concept.

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floodwaters in venice

Have you heard about the floodwaters in Venice?  On Monday, the waters reached 61 inches, their highest point in 22 years and the fourth highest flood level since 1872.  Isn’t that incredible?

Here are some photos of popular tourist spots in Venice that I took while on my honeymoon in September and ones from AOL News of those same places underwater.

The Rialto Bridge





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road trip to minneapolis

Over Columbus Day Weekend, J and I took an impromptu road trip to Minneapolis to check out furniture options for our new house.  The plan was to go to West Elm, Crate&Barrel, Room&Board, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and IKEA (of those six stores, we only have Pottery Barn in Omaha).  Of course, a trip to the Twin Cities wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Mall of America, to which neither of us had ever been.

The nearly 6 hour drive was mostly uneventful until we reached Minnesota.  Suddenly there was vibrant orange and red foliage that I tried to capture as we sped along toward our destination.


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J and I had a truly fantastic time in Italy. The past ten days were completely exhausting, though! I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a day without sightseeing tomorrow.

As wonderful as our honeymoon was it feels good to be back–even though we haven’t quite made it to Omaha yet.

Can’t wait to catch up with everybody! I have some big news to share tomorrow…


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when in rome…

Today we leave Florence to go to Rome for the remainder of our honeymoon. I can’t believe it’s almost over! While in Rome we plan to:

* See the Colosseum, the Forum and the Pantheon

* Visit Vatican City

* Spend time at the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps

* Tour the Jewish Ghetto

* Shop and eat more gelato!

(Rome poster by JHillDesign)

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first time to florence

Today we leave Venice and head to Florence. Sights to see in Florence:

* Accademia

* Duomo

* Giotto’s Tower

* Ponte Vecchio

* Bargello

* Medici Chapel

* San Lorenzo Market

* Uffizi Gallery

* Church of Santa Maria Novella/Old Perfumery

* Santa Croce Church

* Pitti Palace/Boboli Garden

Florence is my mother’s favorite city in the world, so I have very high expectations! From what I’ve heard, though, I doubt I’ll be disappointed.

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