'Experience Italy' on May 16

Veteran travelers Valerie and Wayne Graczyk have stored up a great deal of knowledge, passion and expertise – not to mention photographs – from their trips around the globe. They’re so excited about what they’ve seen and learned that they want to share with others.

Starting with “Experience Italy,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, the Graczyks will begin a travelogue series that will present the sights, highlights and history of their excursions in free programs at the Fond du Lac Public Library. No registration required.

“Experience Italy” will draw heavily on the 10-day tour the couple is taking April 19-28 through Rome, Assisi, Siena, Bologna and Venice, which included visits to the Vatican, the Coliseum and Roman Forum, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, the 13th Century Basilica di San Francesco and St. Clare’s Cathedral in Assisi and such sites as St. Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace with the Bridge of Sighs in Venice.

The couple will share a slide show of highlights from their trip that focuses on the sites’ historical backgrounds and cultural significance.

“These places are so inspiring and amazing,” Valerie Graczyk said. “Some of these places we’ve heard about our whole lives, but not until we were there, seeing and hearing about them in person, did we get the real sense of their majesty.”

The couple is planning two additional travelogues at the library, “Experience Alaska,” on Wednesday, August 22, and “Experience Tuscany,” on Wednesday, October 24.

The Graczyk’s passion for travel materialized into a home-grown business, Someday Travel, formed in 2010 to lead groups to myriad destinations. Wayne Graczyk is a retired superintendent of schools. Valerie Graczyk is director of communications for the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac. She previously was travel coordinator for UW-Sheboygan for six years.

Photo: Wayne and Valerie Graczyk stop for a photo in front of the Coliseum on a 2010 visit to Rome.

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