All good things must come to an end, and we departed our lovely villa on Saturday, October. 20th to drive to Rome. Our plan was for me to drop everyone off at our hotel, return the rental car, spend the night at a hotel airport for a stressless departure early on Sunday. Good plan — not entirely easy to carry off. The drive to Rome was fine until we got lost trying to get to our hotel. Wat would any of our driving days be without getting lost at least once?!
So we adjusted the plan, deciding to return the rental car first and then take the hotel courtesy van to our hotel. That was a fine idea until we got to the airport where it took some time to find the rental car return, and then more time and lots of walking to find the courtesy van for our hotel. At last, mission accomplished, we finally arrived at our hotel, relaxed, drank some wine, ate a little dinner, and collapsed into bed.
The return trip was without incident, but made for a long day. But we if finally made it home at 10 pm on Sunday, October 21st. I’ve now been back at work for a week and the whole adventure seems sort of like a dream. I do wish we could all adopt that slower, more relaxed pace of life that seems to be the norm in Italy — it was so lovely!
Sally, Sam, Dottie and I took the train to Florence. Went to L’Academie to see the David, which is absolutely amazing! The marble is so alive you think he will breathe and move the moment you look away. Then to the Duomo, the Piazza de Signoria, and plenty of shopping in the Piazza of San Lorenzo. Another city you need several days to see enough of to do it justice.
I can’t believe it’s the last week of my Italian adventure already! The guests for the last week are all here and we’re enjoying great conversations, great food, and of course, more than a little wine! Kenny is our photographer, but here are the rest of the crew — from the left, Terri, Iris, Sally, Dottie, me and Sam.
We got back from Venice on Friday, having encountered rain on the drive back, but arrived to sunshine. Sam and Sally had walked into Terontola during the day and got soaked in a brief and heavy downpour. A little wine and some hot showers and we all felt better. Terri and Kenny arrived on Saturday, having taken a train down from Monterosa, one of the five Cinque Terra towns. We enjoyed a quiet dinner and a good deal of wine on the patio, enjoying sunshine and good conversation.
Dottie will arrive by train from Rome just in time for dinner. She’d have been here earlier, but they’re having strikes in Rome and some of the trains have been cancelled. What a long two days of travel it’s been for her from Los Angeles!