We had such a wonderful time. The first part of the trip—Germany, Austria, and Northern Italy—we did on our own.

Then we did a small Rick Steves tour called Villages of Italy. We skipped the big cities, Milan, Florence, and Rome, this time and just did the quaint villages.

We highly recommend this tour, or any of Rick Steves’ tours.


p.s. Here’s a recipe for the perfect Spritz
1 1/2 ounces Aperol
3 ounces Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled
Sparkling mineral water or club soda, chilled
1 lemon or orange slice or twist




Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."