Mandi & Mike

Mandi & Mike

September 1, 2015

Mandi & Mike

Mandi & Mike

September 1, 2015

We have been saving money for a trip to Europe. It is the ultimate item on #TheMandiList. We have been saying we will go to Europe every year since we got married in 2007, but every year work or money has made it so we couldn't go. With the grand old Stage IV (terminal) breast cancer diagnosis looming over my head, we are throwing all reasons not to go in the air and are planning the trip of a lifetime. If you want to read more about my adventures with cancer visit: http://www.darngoodlemonade.com.

We have been saving money for almost a year now and friends and family have helped out. A trip registry seemed much more fun than a GoFundme page to help us pay for this big trip (and hopefully not completely break the bank)! So explore what we will be doing and if you feel like helping out that would be super awesome amazing and we appreciate it!

Our Registry

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If only there were a money tree in my back yard! I would take all of you on vacation with us (that could get a little awkward, but it would be fun!). This is a general gift of $10 to help with the trip.
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$5 adds up! If you would like to add to our dream trip fund, no gift is too small. Thank you!
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Lunch in Athens. I love Greek food. So does Mike! We will have worked up quite the appetite after exploring the Accropolis and will be eating everything that isn't stuffed in a grape leaf.
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Have you had a cup of coffee in Rome? Dang. I am super jealous!!! I am going to have one or five or fifteen. Buy us a couple of coffees (maybe a coke for Mike) and some lovely pastries and we stroll the streets of Rome.
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I hear they eat amazing food in Florence. I plan on gaining 10 lbs or more on pasta, bread and cannolis. With this registry item, you will buy us a romantic dinner on the piazza (whatever piazza it may be).
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Ok, this is a stretch item... but it is on the list. So if you want to buy us a bottle of Dom on our big adventure, here is where the bubbles will get to my head.
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One can't visit Istanbul without Turkish delights! Buy us a box of exquisite turkish delights in Turkey (none of that pre-made stuff, we are going for the real thing here)
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I hear they have gelato in Italy, and you are supposed to eat it. Daily. This gift supplies us with our Italian supply of gelato until I think I have died and gone to gelato heaven.
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The crossroads of the world. Istanbul is sure to have many delightful flavors. Buy us lunch and a cup of turkish coffee?
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I booked a room with a view on Airbnb, which translates to hike up 8 flights of stairs so that Mandi can sit on a terrace. A terrace isn't complete without a bottle of wine for Mandi and a glass of whiskey for Mike
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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie... thats AMORE... and it makes you crave pizza (doesn't everyone crave pizza when they are in love and in Italy?). This buys us an Italian pizza.
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In Turkey we will be staying at a hotel, and sometimes you just need to sleep, snuggle and take your time. This buys us breakfast in bed in Turkey.
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Upgrade a dinner on board our cruise to the Tuscan Grill. Mmmm, nothing says fancy dinnertime like a steak and calamari. Mike loves calamari!
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When in Italy, you skip the champagne and go for a nice prosecco. This buys us a bottle of prosecco to toast life, liberty and the pursuit of fun!
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We will be traveling from Florence to Rome by train and watch the Italian countryside fly by. This gift buys us a couple of train tickets so that we can hopefully make it to our cruise eventually.
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When our tired souls get to Florence, we will need to get to our room with a view. Want to buy us a ride?
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After we finish our fun in the lovely city of Rome, we will need to find our way to the port to get our cruise party started! This buys us a ride to the port.
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When we get to Sicily on the cruise, we would love to tour, at our leisure. The boat still charges you a bit to get you to the lovely destinations, this buys us a lovely Sicilian tour.
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Tickets to the Colusseum in Rome. This is once in a lifetime, but we are going to squeeze into a big pile of rocks with 3,000 other tourists and take some awesome photos.
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A cruise adventure where we will be dropped off near the Accropolis and set to our own devices of Greek adventure time.
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The Firenze card is the secret to no lines according to my good friend Rick Steves (we just know each other from me watching his videos planning our trip). This pays access to most museums and lets us skip the line during our stay in Florence.
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You get more access to the Colusseum at night (and maybe a few spooks)! This tour has a maximum of 25 people, small and quiet. It says: for the first time in ages, access to the underground and arena floor areas recently opened on a very limited basis.
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Going to a Greek isle has always been at the top of my list. Santorini won the prize and is part of our cruise tour. This buys us our Santorini tour.
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We are going to stay at a lovely boutique hotel in Istanbul. If you would like to help us with luxurious accommodations in Turkey, this would be where you start.
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AirBNB allowed us to reserve a room with a view in Florence. I am going to be working with a trainer in order to be able to hike the 5 floors necessary to get to my own terrace. This helps pay for one night in the room with a view.
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Want to throw down on our cruise? I reserved a suite, hopefully it will be pretty suite - I don't know which we will get because it is just a suite level guarantee. If you are going to live large on the Mediterranean, this is how we are going to go.
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We can prepay the gratuity on our cruise ship. If you want to shake the hands of all of the lovely people pampering us aboard the ship, this is the way to do it!
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We couldn't afford first class (who can!?!) but we did want to upgrade to a little more leg room for the long parts of the flight. This pays for that luxurious upgrade.
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Our home in Italy has a fabulous little patio and enough space to stretch out and relax after a busy day in a crowded city. AirBNB reserved us our own slice of life in Rome.
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I have an addiction to quirky little shops. Wherever my feet take me, my eyes will be looking for the perfect little goodies and happy things to bring home to hang on the wall. This buys us some Italian mementos.
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I am going to be bizarrely spending at the bazaar in Istanbul. I love shopping, but I hate haggling. Wish us well on our tchotchke shopping.
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Our neighborhood in Rome boasts handmade goods. This buys us something handmade and special to bring home to display to remember our moments wandering the streets of Rome.
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There must be pampering available on a cruise ship? Right? This gift buys some time in the spa for Mandi, maybe we can talk Mike into going too!
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Mandi likes craps. Mike likes slot machines. We may just have to visit the casino on the cruise ship, hey, if we win big, maybe we will share a little bit with you!
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While we are away, the dogs will play! Dante may be as cool as a cucumber, but that is because we have the best house-sitter ever, the dogs love him more than me I think. Want to help take care of the awesome person who keeps the dogs happy?
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My luggage is tired and worn. This helps buy us some new luggage for our European adventures (and hopefully many adventures after)
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