Blue Print Cleanse

I did it! I completed a three day juice cleanse, people. Some of you might think I’m crazy. My answer: gurrrrl, I already know I’m crazy, that’s nothing new. This weekend I wanted to try something a little different (…and I had a 20% discount for the cleanse), so why not? What’s three days without food? Bam.

Here’s the rundown: Blue Print Cleanse. Six juices a day for three days. I ordered the second-level cleanse, Foundation. The second level is for those people who are health conscious and workout regularly but ya know, splurge every once and a while on a cupcake or french fry. That’s me, friends.

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So, the juices came in Friday morning and I’m off to the races. For the Foundation Blue Print Cleanse, you drink three green juices (romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon), one PAM (pineapple, apple, mint), one spicy lemonade (lemon, agave, cayenne), and one cashew milk (cashews, vanilla, cinnamon, agave). The cleanse is so easy because the bottles are numbered and you eat drink them 1 through 6 progressively through the day.

I love juice so the cleanse wasn’t hard for me at all. The green juice is very, well, green…it tasted like celery and cucumber. If you drink it really chilled, it’s nice! The PAM is so yummy with lots of mint. I could drink that for fun. The spicy lemonade tastes like watered down lemonade with a hint of spice from the cayenne pepper. I can actually see myself adding cayenne to my everyday lemonade, it’s good! The cashew milk at the end of the day is perfect. With a big dose of cinnamon and vanilla, it’s kinda like ice cream. I would blend it with ice and make a frappuccino-like texture! Great trick and it mixes things up a bit without breaking the “rules” of the cleanse.

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At the end of day three, I was glad to be done. But I wasn’t dying from drinking juice all-day-errrry-day. I worked out while on the cleanse and still had plenty of energy. I could easily see myself doing it again in a couple of months, maybe once or twice a year or something like that. However, one thing I learned: I could never be a vegetarian. My goodness, while I can go three days without meat, I could never go a lifetime. Meat was the only thing I craved. Oh, and watermelon. But watermelon is my favorite summertime breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that was to be expected. Overall, the Blue Print Cleanse was fantastic! I feel great and the cleanse has definitely reinforced my healthy eating habits throughout the summer. Maybe I’ll go cook a turkey burger without the bun instead of a hamburger…hey, the cleanse must be working!

Have you ever tried a cleanse? Have any questions about mine? Let me know!

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This or That: June

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1. This great dane puppy, like me, isn’t a fan of mornings. I feel ya pup, I feel ya.

2. I mean, Trader Joe’s amazes me more and more everyday.

3. Can’t stop laughing! These haunted house pictures before the scariest part of the house are priceless.

4. Ice cream sandwiches that will instantly make you happy.

5. Moms, this ones for you. Classic mom texts!

6. I need these limited edition orange Karen Walker sunnies in my life.

7. In case you missed it: my posts about my recent trips to Rome, Venice, Vienna, and Salzburg. Munich coming soon!

8. Love this dress! So cute ‘n fun.

9. The ‘Scandal’ clothing line is happening. Gladiators, rejoice.

10. I’ll take this Loren Hope cuff in every color, please.

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Salzburg, Austria

The hillllllllssssss are aliiiiiiiiive with the sound of muuuuuuusssssic.

If you can imagine four girls singing the entire Sound of Music soundtrack for 2 days straight, then you can pretty much imagine our entire trip to Salzburg.

ImageSalzburg, Austria is home to The Sound of Music, my friends. It is also home to some of the cheeriest people, delicious desserts, and beautiful mountains as well. For our first full day there, we had a half-day tour scheduled. In preparation for this, we, of course, watched The Sound of Music the night before so as to be fully ready to spot Maria and the Von Trapp children skipping and singing down the roads in perfect harmony. The morning came faster than expected and we were up and at ’em. Jonathan, our tour guide, came and picked us up from our hostel at 8:45 in the morning, and then started a day of exploring…and singing, and acting like Maria, and just annoying the general public of Salzburg with our “ooh’s and ahh’s” of everything around us. Don’t mind us, folks!

First stop: the magnificent Palace of Leopoldskron (say that 10 times fast). This palace is one of the Von Trapp residences used for filming.

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After seeing the residence and the surrounding lake area, we headed to Hellbrunn Palace to see the Gazebo. You all know what Gazebo I’m talking about…I am sixteen, going on seventeen! Yes, yes, the one where Liesl and Rolf sing at night and have a little romantic love scene! Considering we’re not allowed inside the Gazebo, Megan and Emily so graciously recreated the scene for us (as seen in the picture below). 

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And here’s me dramatically running and dancing and doing my best Maria von Trapp impression while singing The Hills are Alive. Let’s say I got some funny looks from the local onlookers and toursists. #MariaVonTrappWannabe

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After taking way too many selfies, we hopped into our car and headed off to the next part: a toboggan ride!!! Yes, a toboggan ride down a chute on the side of a beautiful Salzburg mountain. I decided I’m quitting soccer and am joining the USA toboggan team for the 2016 Olympics. It’s happening. Emily and I went together on a 2 person toboggan. This was definitely my favorite part of the day! And while I couldn’t take pictures while zooming down the mountain for fear of losing my phone, here are some pictures while going to the top with such anticipation and excitement!

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Our adrenaline rush was at an all time high so Jonathan took us to a local village, St. Gilgen, for some traditional Austrian desserts. The cafe with these homemade desserts sits on the side of the mountain overlooking Salzkammergut, a beautiful lake! We sat out on the patio and enjoyed the sunshine and ate and ate some more. All four of us shared a piece of currant crumble cake and apple strudel a la mode. Both desserts were so satisfying. It was hard resisting seconds…

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After a nice sugar rush, we made our final stop of the day to the parish church of Mondsee. This is where Maria Von Trapp walks down the aisle to get married!  But never mind the church (it was beautiful, yes) but let’s talk about the people in the church. On the particular day we visited, there was a confirmation that had just ended and hundred and parents were walking around celebrating their children. And you know what they we’re wearing? Lederhosen and dirndl dresses…yes, super traditional Austrian clothes that all of us thought were a joke at first to please tourists and our idea of their culture. Nope, this is their everyday wear y’all. Our jaws dropped. We couldn’t believe it, it was awesome! I wish I would’ve gotten some good pictures but honestly I was stunned that I couldn’t get my act together in time before we had to leave! But Jonathan, our tour guide, wore lederhosen, no worries!

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We bombarded Jonathan with a million and one questions as we drove back to the city center. At this point, our tour was over and the four of us explored the old city the rest of the afternoon. Salzburg is so quaint and lovely. If you’re in Austria, it’s 100% worth the trip. I thought about buying a dirndl dress and lederhosen for a souvenir but then thought, I think I’d look a little out of place in Austin if I wore that around…

Oh! And that night for dinner we had some beer, brats, and pretzels. But honestly, my brats tasted like hotdogs. So, I say that I had gourmet Austrian hotdogs. Don’t tell the people of Salzburg, though, they might get offended.

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Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye for now!

Brinkles Sprinkles: Back to the Drawing Board

I am going to confess something to y’all, though. I had this wonderful and super cute post planned, but then life happened. It goes something like this: It’s Sunday afternoon and I wanted to bake a cake just because I can. Well, I start to make this cake and everything is going splendid. The cakes bake wonderfully, the icing goes together perfectly, my mouth is watering while waiting for the cakes to cool. Okay, but, here is goes. Time to stack and frost the three tiered cake. That’s where is goes ALL WRONG, PEOPLE. All wrong. I stack the first cake and ice the top. So far, so good. I go to take the second cake out of the pan and it completely breaks. Crumbles everywhere, I tell you. A once beautiful layer is now in crumbles. “It’s fine” I think to myself…I’ll just cover it with the third layer and doust everything in buttercream icing. Wrong. The middle later is spilling out of the sides and the top is slowly sliding off. I used too much icing on the other layers trying to using icing to glue everything together so I don’t have enough for the outside. In the end, the cake looks, well, sub-par. Actually, if I’m being completely honest, it looked terrible. I basically murdered this cake I had been working on for the past two hours. But for one thing, it tasted fantastic! Ask my roommate, she approved. Overall, it all ended up okay because I still have a funny story to tell. I just had to share, it made me laugh and yes, I do make mistakes!

So instead of leaving y’all with a picture of my messy but tasty cake, I’ll leave you wonderful peeps with this picture of me and my brand new KitchenAid I received from Santa this past Christmas. This picture embodies Brinkles Sprinkles true happiness if I ever did see such a thing.

Bebe gets MIXER

xoxo,

Brinkles Sprinkles

Happy 1st Birthday!

It’s the brinks’ first birthday! If official, I’ve been blogging for a year now! I can’t believe it…where has the time gone?

In honor of this momentous occasion, I decided to throw my bloggie blog a little birthday party. And what better way to celebrate than with cupcakes? More like cupcakes topped with cookie dough frosting? Yes, you read that right. Cookie. Dough. Frosting. Holllllla!

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 Here’s the recipe…

Cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Milk

Cookie Dough Frosting:

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 and 1/4 cupsFlour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Milk
1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

For the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your baking pan with cupcake liners. This recipe makes 40 mini cupcakes (or about 24 regular sized cupcakes). Beat the butter and sugar in the mixer until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the eggs and mix. Then, once the eggs are combined, add the milk. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add to the wet gradually, while trying not to make too much of a mess. At this point, stick your spoon in the batter and take a lick…it’s goooood. Fill each cupcake liner three quarters of the way full and bake! The mini cupcakes will take 10-13 minutes to bake while the regular sized cupcakes will take 20-23 minutes.Once done, take out and allow to cool. Now, onto the icing!

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the delicious frosting. Cream together the butter and sugar for about 1 minute. Next, add the vanilla and milk. (Remember, this frosting has no eggs so it is completely safe to eat!) After the milk and vanilla are combined, add the flour and salt. Finally, toss in the mini chocolate chips and mix until everything is incorporated! This icing is decadent and yummy and delicious and finger licking good, shall I go on?

Frost the cupcakes once completely cooled and serve to all your friends…or just eat them yourself. Or you can make them for a party like me! Your choice!

But really though, thanks to everyone who reads, supports, and keeps up with my blog! It’s only been a year but it’s been so fun and I can’t wait to see where this blog takes me in the future. I love everyone’s sweet comments and likes, so here’s to you readers…y’all are the bomb.com. Happy birthday to the brinks! I hope to have a ton more brinks blog birthdays in the future! Let’s celebrate!

xoxo,

Brinks/Brinkles Sprinkles

Vienna, Austria

Okay, where were we…

Oh that’s right. We’re at the train station in Venice about to take an overnight train to Vienna and arrive in beautiful Austria in the morning. Well, we did just that. The cabin we stayed in had little foldout beds and everything…we were very cramped together, but we made it work. I can basically sleep anywhere so I had a great night sleep. The others, however…let’s just say some of them we’re counting sheep the whole night. But when we finally arrived in Vienna, we all got a little boost of energy!

My first impression of Vienna: the streets are clean, the people dress nicely, and I already loved it more than Italy. Sorry to all my Italian gelato and pizza loving friends, it’s true. Vienna was just more of my “pace.” In Italy, the stores close around 1 o’clock for a little siesta and then reopen around 4 (or whenever the owner wants it to open…). That’s not the case in Vienna, everything is open when it should be open…what a thought, right? Also, it’s not very touristy. I like to feel like a local in the places I go and Vienna proved perfect in satisfying that demand.

Rachel, Emily, Megan, and I stayed right across an area in Vienna called The Naschmarkt. Everyday, hundreds of stalls came alive selling local goods, foods, sweet treats, and tons of other stuff. Many a times we’d go over there to grab a quick drink or bite to eat or even a little snack. Definitely one of my favorite areas of Vienna. One thing for all you American girlie girls traveling to Vienna: if you walk through the Naschmarkt by  yourself or with a friend, the men and women behind the stalls will give you all the free samples in the world because you’re not in a group!! You can walk into the market hungry and walk out full of yummy treats in your belly!

Second impression of Vienna: the German language is so freaking hard. Yes I could kinda sorta get around in Italy because Italian is similar to Spanish (which I kinda sorta know from living in Texas and studying it since kindergarden…) but that all goes out of the window when it comes to Deutsch. They have letters and arrangements of letters that I have never seen before and can’t even think of pronouncing! So you can imagine when the 3 girls and I are trying to get around the city by looking at the street signs, we’d try to say the street names and get all tongue tied! If you overheard us, you’re welcome…I’m sure it was more than comical.

Now for pictures!

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Our Little Room for the Overnight Train Ride

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The Naschmarkt

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The Best Part About The Naschmarkt: Fresh Fruit (…it tastes as good as it looks!)

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Spices at The Naschmarkt

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Viennese “Beehive Dessert” (Marshmallow Meringue covered in Chocolate)

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Museum Quad

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Bow down, peasants. Hofburg Palace.

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When we walked home from Hofburg Palace, we lucked upon this park full of every type of rose imaginable growing everywhere! Happy Summer from Vienna!

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. They smell nice. Unlike you. (hehe)

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One afternoon while waiting for a bus to go to Schönbrunn Palace, we decided to lay down in a park around the Museum Quarter and just people watched for a good hour..it was fantastic and the weather was perfect!

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Schönbrunn Palace

Vienna definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite cities in the world. The atmosphere, the bustling city center, the people, and the markets are wunderbar (or wonderful in Deutsch, because over the course of this post I’ve become fluent in the Viennese language…#IWish). Well, that’s all I got for Vienna!

Next stop: Salzburg!

Happy Daddy’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all you awesome dad’s out there!

To my own Daddy, I love that you love The University of Texas Longhorns just as much as me. I love all of your funny jokes and puns, even when they’re not that funny (ha!). I love your passion for Texas barbecue and your willingness to drive 3 and half hours to Lockhart, Texas so we can enjoy Kreuz Market (side note: some of the best, if not the best, BBQ in Texas…just thinking about it makes my mouth water). I love that you’re always up to go to Jason’s Deli or Campisi’s with me. I love that you’re a little encyclopedia full of random facts and cool information. I’m love that you watch all my trashy reality television shows so we can discuss the insanity and craziness of them all. I love that you always give me the best support and encouragement. But mostly, I love that you love me so much. This day, and every other, is for you Daddy. I love you so so so much!

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 Senior Year Homecoming (with UT-themed mum, mind you!)

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High School Graduation

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Daddy Daughter Dinner Date

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 Always supporting my hippie ways (or lack there of…I’m in no way hippie) #KeepAustinWeird

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 NOM! This was when we went to Franklin Barbecue, right here in ATX.

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Daddy’s buddy, one of our sweet goldens, Big Tex!

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Universal Studios

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Selfies, can’t get enough of them…

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Hair everywhere…don’t even care because (1) I’m with my Dad and (2) that background!

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Hook ’em Horns!

Have a crazy, awesome, fun, happy day! Wish I were in Dallas to spend it with you! Sending hugs and kisses from Austin!

Brinkley

Summery Desserts

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If you’re like me, dealing with your sweet tooth is an everyday problem. There’s nothing better than satisfying that sweet tooth on a hot, summer day. Here are some recipes for some easy and quick summery desserts that’ll be sure to please!

1. Creamy Pineapple Sorbet

2. S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches

3. Frozen and Chocolate Dipped Bananas

4. Ice Cream Bombe

5. Grilled Pound Cake a la Mode

6. Peach Frozen Yogurt

7. Pineapple Strawberry Popsicles

8. Strawberry Chocolate Tart

9. Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

10. Stone Fruit Crisp

FIFA World Cup 2014

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrrow! You’re only a day away!FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts tomorrow!! All us soccer fans have been waiting for this for ages…and it’s basically here! You better believe that I’ll have to give Netflix a break until July 13th because soccer will be on 24/7 (apologizing to my roommates now considering they’re not soccer players…).

Thankfully, tons of commercials for the World Cup have been released that have quenched our soccer thirst for the time being. The most amazing of these commercials have been released on YouTube because a lot of them are longer than 4 minutes…so basically, we’re talking short films at this point. Hey, either way, I can deal! The marketing tactics are clearly working because after I watch one, I get more and more giddy and click to watch another one!

“The Last Game” presented by Nike

“Winner Stays” presented by Nike

“The Game Before the Game” presented by Beats By Dre

“Gol!” presented by McDonalds

“House Match” presented by Adidas

 Fútbol fans unite! Opening game is tomorrow at 3 o’clock (central time) with Brazil versus Croatia. If you’re lucky enough to be in Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup, have an amazing time! I’ll be watching it in between soccer camps, Texas Soccer workouts, and summer school. Whew, whoever said summer is for lounging around obviously hasn’t met me. Enjoy the commercials…and all the cute soccer players! Ha!

Venice, Italy

Buongiorno, everybody! For today’s post, imagine you’re in Venice, in a gondola, with your best friends, snacking on fresh strawberries and peaches from the market, floating through the water in the sunshine looking and listening to all the sights and sounds around you…

Easy for me to imagine, that’s exactly what I did in Venezia! But hold up, wait a minute, let me back up a little bit. After some explanation, you’ll understand why we 100% deserved that overpriced gondola ride.

It all started at the train station in Venice. We took a train from Rome to Venice and after a nice little nappy-nap, we arrived in Venice well-rested and ready to go. Mind you, we were a little hungry at this point but we thought, “oh, we will be to our hotel soon…let’s go drop off our things and then go to dinner.” And so it begins…

It’s close, they said. It’s not far, they said. Don’t take a water taxi, walk and enjoy, they said. The train station people lied. A HALF MARATHON LATER WE MADE IT TO OUR HOTEL, barely in one piece.

Looking back on the walk from the train station to the hotel it probably was less than thirty minutes and wasn’t that bad. In the moment, however, it was a whole different story! Lugging around our huge suitcases and bags with jeans and cute clothes on over cobblestone roads with a million and one bridges and a million and two stairs in between made the walk pretty miserable I’m not going to lie. I thought about throwing my suitcase into the Grand Canal many a times but then thought “I feel like I’ll regret this moment.” Well, my suitcase made it to the hotel and so did I. After looking as though we had jumped in a swimming pool with all our sweat-laden clothes and faces, we made it to our humble abode. If I remember correctly, a huge halo was surrounding the hotel with fireworks going off in front of us and a bedazzled “Welcome Brinkley, Megan, Rachel, and Emily!” sign right out front…or maybe that was a mirage….either way, I was the happiest girl in the world. But of course the hotel didn’t have an elevator and of course we were on the fourth floor. What a few more flights of stairs after the walk we just conquered, right? Ugh. At this point our tiny hunger had turned into a monstrous hangry (hungry+angry=hangry) and we treated ourselves to some delicious Italian pizza…at a place very close to our hotel so there was minimal walking and absolutely no way we’d get lost on our way back. However, on the jaunt back to our place, we walked through Piazza San Marco and listened to a live orchestra play outside of Cafe Florian, the oldest cafe in Venice. It was beyond lovely and so soothing. We eventually mosied back and needless to say, we slept well that night.

The next morning, we all woke up a little sore. Ha! But the day proved wonderful. We walked around the city wandering through all the alleys, looking in all the shops and taking tons of pictures and tasting little sweet treats here and there. It all led to the wonderful gondola ride we enjoyed in the afternoon. So relaxing. I propose to flood the Texas and make gondola rides a thing…I’ll start a petition next week. Yes, no, maybe??

Venice is stunning…the buildings, the canals, and the bridges made it everything I imagined Venice to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it but spending one day there was more than enough time, mind you. It’s quite touristy an while I like to engage in some touristy things, the hundreds of tourist shops around every corner take away some of its charm. But if that’s the worse thing, they’re doing alright in my book. Props to Venice: your kind people, good food, and gondola rides definitely made up for the walk across the earth to get to our hotel. Ciao for now, Italia!

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After “The Walk”…we hide our sweat and hunger quite nicely, no? Or was this after we had food…you’ll never know…

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From Rialto Bridge, The Grand Canal 

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St. Marks Clocktower, Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco

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4 Girlies on a Gondola!!!

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Gondola Selfies…yes. And Tony, our gondolier, even made one! Interesting fact: Tony is a fifth generation gondolier. Runs in the family, huh!

Now, you all, stop daydreaming and get out of the gondola! Eat one last Italian gelato because next stop: Vienna!