Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Picture overload! My friend Lila got married this past weekend in Burlington, Vermont. I'd never been to Vermont and was very excited to go. Thankfully, having gone home for Thanksgiving, I was able to bring some of my warmer clothes. It was definitely not warm in Vermont! 
Tante foto! La mia amica Lila si e' sposata il weekend scorso nel Vermont (vicino a New York). Io non c'ero mai stata, allora ci dovevo andare! Meno male che ero appena stata a casa perche' ho preso su dei vestiti invernali che mi sono serviti! Diciamo che non c'era caldo! 

Waiting in Newark to board for Burlington

After my red-eye from San Diego, I made it to Burlington. I met up with Lila and her husband-to-be Tyler, and some other Hilton friends. One of them, Jeanette, graciously let me tag along with her and her lovely mother Mary as they explored. Our first stop was the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. Here, we toured the factory, saw how the bears are made (all there!), and wandered through the shop.
Dopo che sono arrivata, mi sono trovata con la mia amica e altri del Hilton. Una, la Jeanette, mi ha lasciato andare a girare con lei. La prima tappa era un posto dove fanno i pelush. Abbiamo visto come li fanno, la fattoria, e girato nel negozio. Era molto bello!

I did not know this story about Teddy Roosevelt,
whom teddy bears are named after.

The original bear (right) made in a garage

Cookie cutters are used to cut the fabric into the
correct shapes/sizes.

You can send in a costume/fabric/pattern and
they will make the outfit for your bear.

There's even a hospital for injured bears!

After the teddy bears, we headed towards Ben and Jerry's. Some might say it was too cold for ice cream, but I say never! It was a very cool tour and very fun to see the inside of the factory and hear how they make their ice cream (no pics allowed inside).
Dopo i pelush, siamo andati da Ben and Jerry's (loro fanno gelato). C'e' della genta che magari dira' che c'era troppo freddo per il gelato, pero' io dico mai! Era molto bello vedere dentro e sentire come fanno i loro gelati.

We got to sample a flavor that only those on the tour get.
It was delicious!

Different ice cream scoopers

That night, we headed to Church Street in Downtown Burlington.
Quella sera, siamo andati a Church Street, nel centro di Burlington.

Fun and tasty local beers

Saturday was a rainy day, so we started our morning at the farmer's market. There were many vendors selling fruits, vegetables, breads, syrups, and liquors. Most of them were quite tasty!
Sabato pioveva, allora abbiamo cominciato la giornata al mercato. C'erano tanti banchi che vendevono frutta, verdure, dolci, e liquori. Alcuni erano anche buoni!

Yummy maple syrup!

This is a liquor (100 proof) made with maple syrup.
It was very delicious.

View from the top

After the market, we walked around Downtown some, and then headed towards Magic Hat Brewery. We toured the brewery for free and sampled their beer. The beer was good, and it was fun sampling new beers!
Dopo il mercato, abbiamo girato in centro un po' e poi siamo andati a vedere un posto dove fanno la birra. Abbiamo fatto il giro dentro e poi assaggiato le birre. La birra era buona ed era divertente assaggiare delle birre nuove!

This is the beer grave where beers that they no longer
make are mourned. 

Bettina, Jeanette, Me, Mary

That night, we made s'mores by the fire in the hotel!
Quella sera, abbiamo fatto dei s'mores vicino al camino nel albergo!

Janice, Bettina, Jeanette, Me

Sunday was wedding day! A bus came and picked us up from the hotel and drove us up to the Sleepy Hollow Inn for the wedding. Some pics may be blurry because they were taken from a moving bus.
Domenica era il giorno del matrimonio! Un autobus e venuto a prenderci dal albergo per portarci al Sleepy Hollow Inn. Alcune foto non sono a fuoco perche' le ho fatte dal autobus!

Hilton gals!

Pretty scenery on the drive up

The last few miles up to the Inn were like this.
I was happy I wasn't driving!

Where the wedding took place

So cold, but such a pretty venue!

Table setting

With the lovely bride

Hilton gals! We all know each other from working at the Hilton

Gorgeous bridge and groom!

Bonfire after for more s'mores!

Before leaving on Monday, I headed towards Lake Champlain with Steve and Arnold (other Hilton friends). While the scenery and views were gorgeous, it was quite chilly and windy!
Prima di partire lunedi', sono andata a vedere il lago con Steve e Arnold (altra gente dal Hilton). Anche se' era molto bello, c'era molto freddo e un po' di vento!

After the lake, we did a driving tour of the University of Vermont. It has gorgeous buildings!
Dopo il lago, abbiamo girato il campus universitario di Vermont. Ha dei posti bellissimi!

No driving tour is complete without houses!
Non potevamo girare senza vedere delle case!

The darling Burlington International Airport (they fly to Canada) had these picturesque rocking chairs. I couldn't pass up the opportunity!
L'aereoporto aveva queste sedie stupende! Dovevo fare la foto!

It was a great weekend visiting with old friends and making new friends in a gorgeous place. I would love to go back in the fall when all of the leaves are changing colors!
Era un weekend molto divertente con amici vecchi e nuovi in un posto molto bello. Ci vorrei tornare nel autunno quando le foglie stanno cambiando colori!
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