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May 11, 2013

Via Fontanelle: Loving and Living in Italy

CRUISE DAY 6: Today, D and I finally get to tour around Istanbul! Istanbul has been on my bucket list for YEARS now. As soon as we started researching ports of call for our cruise, we knew Turkey and Istanbul had to be on our itinerary. Even if it meant we'd have to spend a bit more money on a super awesome cruise to do so. We're going to be touring around the city for 2 days and I couldn't be more giddy about it all! I can't wait fill my camera with photos of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the alluring Grand Bazaar! Be still my expat heart! So, while I'm getting my fill of all things Byzantine, you guys should take a few minutes and meet my new friend, Amy, and her sweet family! The blog's all yours, Amy!


Ciao! And welcome to Via Fontanelle, my blog about the crazy ups and downs of our Army life here in Italy!  My name is Amy and as I'm sure you've already guessed, like Casey, I am a military spouse living overseas while my husband is stationed OCONUS (outside the continental United States).

Steve, my husband, and I have been living this sometimes amazing but always hectic Army life for almost twenty years now and I guess we're sticking with it. We were married in 1994 and it's been a crazy game of numbers every since.  Here's a run down:

We have 4 kids: Tory is 15, Trey is 13, Jackson is 6, and we rounded out our family of 6 with Delilah who is 3. We've lived at 8 different duty stations, endured 5 deployments, and made countless awesome friends along the way. On our latest adventure, we arrived in Italy on December 1st, 2011 with our 6 family members, 14 pieces of luggage, 2 car seats, 2 cats, 1 huge Newfoundland, 11 carry on bags, and a baby stroller. I am embarrassed to say, we pulled up to the Atlanta airport with a U-Haul and two cars loaded to the brim. 

We've been to 7 countries in our year and half here and are ready for more! It currently costs $251.42 to fill up my giant American Suburban and on Sunday, the Big Girl hit 100,000 miles. 

(Have no fear, the engine light is on because I need a new gas cap, Daddy)

So please come join in our adventures HERE to see where we are headed next! We can jump on over to Venice for lunch and be home to meet the school bus! Arrivederci!

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