Summer Weekend Recap #1

Ciao friends,

The rain is finally slowing down and you know what that means? We can finally step out of the house and enjoy beach days, river days and summer in all of its glory. Summer days in Italy are hot and humid, like 90°F hot and about >60% chance of humidity. But, we’re in luck because the beach is only an hour away and the closest river and lake is only 30 minutes away!

Our first weekend in June was great! The sun was out all weekend long with rain only at night.


We joined our friends Paeli & Caleb at a beach near Venice called Jesolo. The drive is about an hour from where we live and tolls were about 2€ each way.

Jesolo was great! It was busy, but not as busy as I thought. Our first attempt at parking failed because the lot was full by the time we arrived around 13:00. The first parking lot was also the lot closest to the part of the beach where dogs are welcomed. So, we tried another parking lot and thankfully, it was vacant! It was a close walk to the beach and as soon as we found a spot to relax, a beach “worker” approached us about our friend’s dog. We essentially got the boot and had to walk 10 minutes to the area where dogs are allowed.

We finally enjoyed sunbathing and wading (because the water was cold) until my husband joined us and splashed water at me. Don’t worry, I don’t think he won 😉

George & Chana in Jesolo

George & Chana in Jesolo



We had a picnic at a nearby river that flows into one of our favorite lakes. Andreis is 30 minutes away that I could honestly consider a hidden gem because there’s less American foot traffic.

If you don’t know, we lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico before Italy. George and I know nothing about picnics, so we volunteered to bring waters, chips, and salsa 😂. On top of that, we didn’t know our friend’s picnic levels either and let me just say -- trying to grill hotdogs was a struggle and we basically had to ask the Italians to help us get our charcoal started (because we brought charcoal and lighter fluid, but not a lighter) 😂. We were literally a hot mess and we stood out like a sore thumb because there were no other Americans in sight. It was us and a lot of Italians with their families. Also guys, let me just tell you -- Italians BBQ chicken, fish and all sorts of delicious foods and we barbecued hotdogs 😂. Needless to say, it was a sad sight to see. On a positive note though, our friend Lindsey made amazing pasta salad! 

But you know what? In retrospect, I’m kind of glad that none of us knew how to picnic properly because, after all the struggle, we were able to share some Smirnoffs to the Italians who helped and played a game of frisbee with them. It was definitely a fun time!

Before heading home, we hung around the waterfalls and took a dip and that was probably the best part of it all.

George & Chana in Andreis

George & Chana in Andreis

Chana, Marley & Lindsey in Andreis

Chana, Marley & Lindsey in Andreis


Question for you:

What did you do this weekend? Have you explored hidden gems near your area?

With love,
Chana Dianne

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