It’s been five years since I traveled to Italy. Like so many of you,I was forced to cancel my travel plans for 2020, due to the pandemic, which seemed to last forever. Once travel to Europe became possible again, I had taken on the responsibilities of caring for my elderly parents in my home, which became my priority, as well as a blessing and a privilege. It was truly a joy to have them with me during the last stages of their lives.
Ever since I became an adult, travel has been such an integral component of my DNA, and I feel fortunate to have visited Italy almost every year, beginning in 2007, for a total of twelve times. During my first trip I fell in love with the bel paese, and always yearn to return.
And now, I am elated to finally be on my way back to bella Italia. I almost have to pinch myself to believe it’s really happening. And I’m very pleased that I was able to pack everything into a carry-on size bag that weighs only 28 pounds, the lightest I’ve ever traveled. I know I’ll be glad each time I have to lift this bag up stairs to get on a train!
I’m looking forward to so many special experiences. Since I’m arriving at the end of March and into April, the weather will be much colder than my Florida temperatures, But I have packed cold-weather clothes and will dress in layers. I’m psyched to be in Italy in the springtime, when all the flowers and trees will be in bloom. Count on lots of photos of nature in all its glory.
I’m eager to revisit some of my favorite places, and also to explore different locations for the first time. Italy is the kind of place where one can never see everything, even if you live there.
Many of the local businesses took a big hit during the pandemic when travel was restricted, and I’m happy to support these hard-working Italians who operate hotels and B&Bs, trattorias and other eating establishments, and artisan shops.
The first stop is Venice, and after that, a place I’ve never been. That’s all I’ll say for now, but stay tuned on social media.
Somehow my cats always know when I’m getting ready to leave.
Grazie for all your support. Ciao for now.
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