For honeymoon travel that may be changed or delayed, the full value of your gift will still be used by

Alexa Hilal & Robert Calabro

Alexa & Robert

September 20, 2008

For honeymoon travel that may be changed or delayed, the full value of your gift will still be used by Alexa & Robert.

Alexa Hilal & Robert Calabro

Alexa & Robert

September 20, 2008

We're going to Rome, Malta, Sicily and Sardinia!

After much debate and a lot of excitement, we have finally decided to travel to Southern Italy and Malta for our honeymoon. The inspiration for the trip is Robert's ancestry in Sicily. Visiting his family's village will likely be the most meaningful segment of our trip. We are hoping that Malta is the most relaxing part and that Rome and Sardinia proves to be invigorating. Viva Italia!

We will leave South Bend on September 22 and will head to the Windy City- as Calabros! We will dine at Le Creperie (first date) and drink at the Duke of Perth (where we met). On the 23rd, we will wake up, head to the airport to catch a plane out of Chicago and into Rome. We will stay in Rome until Saturday, September 27th, drinking it all in. Piazza Navona, the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps and the Van Gogh Museum- it's all on the itinerary. Trevi Fountain? Check. The Vatican? Check. Sleep? Almost. That's what Malta is for.

We will leave Rome on a short flight to Malta on the 27th. Once we get to the resort, we will check in, drop our bags, head to the pool and RELAX. While there, we plan to travel on foot, horseback, boat, scooter, local bus and maybe donkey - if we're lucky. It's a tiny island and we hope to really get to know Malta well during the week we are there. We are especially looking forward to Gozo. And capers. Rumor has it, it is the caper capital of the world. When we are tired of spas and pools and capers, we will hop on boat to Sicily and bid farewell to tiny Malta. (Special thanks for this leg to Linda and Nick)

Onward to Sicily! Our boat will pull up on October 3rd and we will hop off the boat and into a car, traveling around the island, visiting wineries, Mount Vesuvius, castles and seaside villages. We will drive our Fiat up the mountains (avoiding wannabe Rallycar drivers, of course) and into the village where Robert's grandfather was born, see the location of the family's storied vineyards and hopefully be welcomed with open arms and mozzarella by the Calabros! After bocce ball and vino, we will head back down to the coast.

From the Sicilian coast, we will boat through the Tyrrhenian Sea on October 11th to Sardinia, likely anchoring ourselves in Cagliari, known as city that offers a bewitching blend of modern urbanity and medieval mystery. In Sardinia, we are excited to drive the along gorgeous coast, hike through subtropical gardens, and taste some of Italy's greatest wines and cheeses.

Our last breaths of vacation: Sardinia will be our last stop before leaving this part of the world and returning back to normal life - as newlyweds!

We look forward to sharing photos and stories with you upon our return. Please check back to our website www.roblexa.com after the honeymoon where we will share our memories with you.

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A scotch toast for two at the Duke of Perth in Chicago- the place where we met in March 2006.
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Crepes and wine at Le Creperie in Chicago- the restaurant where we had our first date and the location of our engagement party!
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A night stay in Chicago on Honeymoon Eve at The Willows Hotel in Lakeview- our old neighborhood.
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Help us get to Italy!
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ROMA PASSES that allow admission to most of Rome's museums, theaters and performances, as well as free public transportation. A chance to see the sights!
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A Roman legend says that if you toss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, you will someday return to Rome. We will toss a Euro into the fountain for you, wishing you luck AND a trip to Rome!
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Massages at the Myo Ka Spa in Malta
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Dinner at Restaurant Ta'Frenc in Gozo, a converted 200-year old farmhouse and garden for alfresco dining
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The Ager Foundation's Gozo Experience: a sustainable tourism one-day outing that includes: experiencing the life of local shepherds, fishing, preparing and tasting local food, and wine making
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An overnight stay in a 300-year old Sicilian converted farmhouse.
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The next leg of our honeymoon is Sicily...two tickets on a day cruise from Malta to Catania, Sicily.
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Mount Etna Hike and Tour
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Two nights at the Hotel Royal in Catania. A beautiful Baroque palazzo nestled at the base of Mount Etna.
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Snorkling in Mazzaro, just north of Taormina on the Northern Ionian coast where the water is "magically sparkling and strikingly clear."
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Paddle boat rental to explore local grottos off the shore of Taormina, on the Northern Ionian coast.
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Mud Bath and Treatments for Two! Sulphur Baths in Acireale, still in use and known as a spa center dating back to Roman times.
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Two tickets to the Palermo Teatro dell Opera dei Pupi - traditional puppet theatre staged by Palermitan master puppeteer Girolamo Cuticchio where popular shows and stories like Don Quixote are staged.
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One-Day Market Cooking Class in Palermo at Ristorante Cin-Cin with Mamma Lucia & Vincenzo: shop at a local farmer's market, buy fish and fresh produce, learn to prepare the food...and eat it!
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Tickets to the opera at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily.
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Wine tasting at the Argiolas Winery, Sardinia's most famous wine maker.
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Dinner at Il Nostro Mondo in Cagliari, Sardinia for its famed lobster and a bottle of the cantina's white, Vermentino blend.
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A stay at the Karel Bed & Breakfast set in a historic building in Castello, Cagliari's medieval district.
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