Sunday, October 28, 2012

Labor Day Reunion in Stresa, Italy

Over labor day 2011, we met up with Luke's best man, basketball buddy, Grass Masters co-owner and long-time friend, Adam, in Chicago for a weekend of Notre Dame football, Cubs baseball, delicious food, cold drinks, good conversations and, best of all, lots of laughter. (Click here to read that recap!)

Friday night B.Y.O.B. dinner at HB.

Chicago style pizza at Pizzano's.

Saturday night dinner at The Purple Pig. What I remember most about this dinner was the laughter!
As the weekend ended, I remember that we casually said that we should make a Labor Day getaway an annual tradition, and this year we made good on that idea. Adam was in Italy for about a week with the Northwestern University women's basketball team, where he's an assistant coach, and Luke and I were able to meet up with him in Stresa, Italy, on the shores of Lago Maggiore, during the tail end of his trip. We went on a group tour with Adam's team and shared a couple of meals and nights out with his co-workers. We enjoyed getting to meet the great people that he works with everyday, but most of all, we loved getting to reconnect with this guy on the other side of the big, wide world! Luke has such great friendships that have lasted since high school or even before, and I'm lucky to have married into this circle of friends. These friendships that have lasted across years and thousands of miles are so very special to both of us. 

On the shores of Lago Maggiore.

Peacock sighting during the group tour of the palace.

Beautiful gardens at the palace.

Lago Maggiore in the distance and the royal gardens in the forefront.
Good friends. Silly poses.

Before parting ways on our final night in Italy.
We're so glad we had the opportunity to meet up in Italy and can't wait to host friends in Madrid and organize more impromptu reunions...wherever they may be!

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