Summer Exodus (Italy)

Many (most?) expat families, or at least the non-working members of the family, leave for part of the summer to escape the heat and to visit family.  Our summer getaway began a bit early so we could meet up with family in Italy.  Saying bye to friends felt a bit like leaving school for the summer in that everyone’s going their separate ways, and although you’re looking forward to upcoming adventures, it’s bittersweet to leave your friends behind.   Now that we are in Italy, it feels like we have gone from one extreme to the other.

It started on the flight.  As our plane took off, you can’t help but be amazed by the desert.  Outside the window at takeoff looked like this:

We were fortunate enough to fly directly to Venice.  Landing looked like this:

Water.  Ahhhhhh.  Wonderful water.  Not only were we in the most beautiful city full of canals and lagoons, but it rained or drizzled every day for the first 2 weeks of our trip in northern Italy.  Normally this would be a bad thing, but in this case, it was heaven.  It wasn’t persistent enough to derail our sightseeing, for the most part, but enough to keep it refreshingly cool and give us a much-needed break from the relentless sunshine.

In my last post, I wrote about the restriction on alcohol in Dubai.  In Italy it seems there is alcohol on every corner.  People drinking their “spritzes” out on sidewalk cafes and while standing in the street.   In Verona, on the last day of school, boys were bonging beers in the street and the steps of the school were littered with glass bottles of beer and other alcohol! Gasp!

Aesthetically, Italy just could not be more different from Dubai.

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the last couple of weeks.


venice view from gondola

pretty view from gondola

Venetian traffic

Venetian traffic

funny display of Italian machismo

Venice gondoliers



Trieste Miramar

Trieste Miramar



Miramare in Trieste


Striking Piazza Unita in Trieste


vespa Verona

charming side street in Verona

I love that there is a big ‘ol bottle of wine in this window alongside the plants

beautiful piazza in Verona

beautiful piazza in Verona

Entrance to Giardini Giusti – Verona

Giardini Giusti

Giardini Giusti – Verona

pretty view from Giardini Giusti

pretty view from Giardini Giusti

The perspective is lost here, but these lemons were enormous!

Sirmione – The flowers in this little town, especially all the hydrangeas, were so beautiful



Milan – taken from the top of the Duomo

Milan – taken from the top of the Duomo, Galleria on the right

Milan duomo

Milan – Galleria

Milan galleria

Milan galleria


One of the things I love about Italy – cheap, yummy wine!

Milan – Monumental Cemetery

Milan – Monumental Cemetery

Milan monumental cemetery

Milan – Monumental Cemetery

Milan Monumental cemetery

Milan – Monumental Cemetery




About Lynda

Longhorns and Camels is a blog about exploring Dubai from the perspective of an expat from Texas. It features stories about living in Dubai including descriptions of local culture and popular activities in the region. It also includes photography of the UAE and other countries abroad. It has been recommended by several well-known guides for expatriates: InterNations, ExpatWoman and Expat Focus.
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6 Responses to Summer Exodus (Italy)

  1. Nikki says:

    Great pics, Lynda! I’m glad you and the boys were able to take a brief respite from the sun, and see some amazing sights along the way! I miss you! And, I really look forward to reading your entries. =)



  2. Tavia says:

    Lovely! I’m GREEN with envy!!!!!!!

  3. I love this post and your beautiful photos of Venezia and Trieste. What wonderful memories. Fantastic that your sister now lives in Milano – an extra excuse to go there frequently!

  4. ishitasood says:

    Love this post and your pictures are beautiful. I visited Trieste for the first time this year and found you through Diana’s blog 🙂 Cheers! (

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