We got to Udine after 2am, and woke up after noon. That afternoon, Ruthann took the four of us, plus her daughter Abby in their small rented car to the beach! Jared and Olivia took the bus there. The beach was on the Adriatic Sea and called Lignano. What a beautiful situation! It was warm and sunny with wind off the Sea. There were no sharks or jellyfish. The kids played quite a while in the Sea or rested. At the end of it, we had our first gelato!
On the drive there and back we passed crops of corn or sunflowers, grapes, kiwi, nectarines, and even trees for paper.
That night, we piled in the car and went to Udine's piazza, and had our second, and far superior gelato. We also were able to see their church that we have been a part of for seven years.
The next day, we helped the Wells prepare for their imminent departure to the States for a year. We scrubbed the kitchen, helped carry things to the storage area, shredded papers... At the end of the day, we had delightful pizza with all of the helpers. It was this second, full day in which I got my first cellphone. This is a picture of me and Olivia holding it and declaring, "it's a girl!" For those of you who know me, and know my refusal to get a cellphone, accept this caveat: this cellphone only works in Italy for the next 6 months.
The next morning, we rode the train out of Udine and back to Venice to meet up with hubby!