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6 days and counting…..

8 Oct

At this point I must confess I’m feeling a little nauseous. Do other Travelers feel like they are endlessly chasing their tails, running marathons etc.? Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very excited. And I think I’ve gotten over the “what if we forgot?” syndrome. Of course this was only achieved by ordering everything imaginable off the internet. Sorry, we live in a small town and shopping is a challenge so we do more than a bit of online shopping. If you need something for traveling  I’m sorry to say it’s probably gone!

As I mentioned before I am an over packer. I decided yesterday to “practice packing”. So I had hubby drag in all our luggage from the garage. If there is something that I have an abundance of, believe me it’s luggage. Well, apparently not! Somehow during the transition from my single state to married state half of it has disappeared. Hold on! I am not blaming him! I probably (in a blissful state of happiness) pitched them to make room for his belongings when he moved in. Of course that meant more shopping! Okay, That is so not a hardship for me, especially when it is for me. (However, you have to be very proud as I have not bought ONE pair of shoes. Of course that would be ridiculous,  considering our destination!) Anyway, so now I have to wait until Tuesday night to practice packing. I am figuratively biting my nails over what clothing to take. I am watching the the weather and it seems to be trying to merge from summer to fall, but not really sure. I’m thinking it’s going to be between 65 -75 F during the day and low 50’s F at night. This is my favorite type of weather, layers, baby, layers! But more to pack. But what the heck, no problem. “Normale”. (My new favorite saying)!

Now I’m going to play around with some photos of what I hope to see. My friend’s sister took these shots and graciously allowed me to use them. But all credit goes to Lisa Mollusky. Thank you Lisa.

         

I (we) hope to add may more photos. Shopping, food & markets, all the sights and adventures we can jam pack into our allotted time. I’m especially looking forward to the art and architecture. I hope our pictures do it justice.

Now I suppose I better practice my “virtual” packing! Lol! Should be interesting without my carry on! Where’s there’s a will there’s a way!

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14 days and counting

30 Sep

I can hardly believe we’ll be on a plane in 14 days starting the dream of a life time! It seems funny now that a few months ago I was so stressed out with trying to figure out not only the arrangements and logistics, but making sure they were perfect. I know, I know, it sounds a little maniacal (I get that from my sister) but hey, again, it’s the trip of a lifetime. So far. The good, no great news is once we found the perfect apartment and booked it, I started emailing questions, receiving answers and a wonderful bond was created with Apartments Florence. The person (not sure if I should use names) who I now consider part of the family lifted so many burdens I find I can actually breathe again. Pesky little details, questions on booking tours, things that we need in the apartment upon arrival – no problem. Done. “Normale”! I love this company. The pictures of the apartment are from their website http://www.apartmentsflorence.it and if you ever go there or need a recommendation on where to stay they are great and easy to work with.

Here’s a great little aside: I am a big fan of House Hunter’s International. I love to learn about other countries, culture, real estate, etc. So imagine my joy when they did an episode in Florence! How cool. It was about a young woman from the South who went to Italy, met and fell in love with an Italian man and subsequently moved there. Sigh. So romantic. I happened to mention to my friend at A.F. that I was doing a blog on the trip and wanted to get permission to use their photos. She told me someone who worked there was a blogger as well and sent me her link. Yep! It was the woman from House Hunters International. So now we may get to meet a TV star if we play our cards right! Small world!

Okay, so in the past week we have been a) trying not to panic, b) making lists, c) making lists of the lists, and d) trying to remember if we’ve forgotten to put anything on this lists. How do you make sure you have everything you could possibly need and yet travel light? I am a chronic over packer as it is. I can easily go away for 3 days and take 2 huge suitcases. Luckily I have decided that since this a not a driving trip and I may actually have to carry luggage, my goal is one small suitcase, a day pack, and one small purse. I’ll let you know how that works out for me!

Another thing is preparing all the iGadgets and other electronics. Must have music for the flights, reading material, videos to watch. Once we land we will be videoing, taking pictures and recording everything for posterity. Okay, we’ll be recording it for us but we will share! So we’re making playlists, downloading ebooks, watching everyone else’s video’s (getting confused with conflicting information) and trying to squeeze in time to learn Italian from our language software. A couple of friends have even loaned us guide and phrase books.

I would please ask that any of you who are travelers and have any tips, suggestions, or ideas for us overseas newbies, they would be absolutely appreciated! Don’t be shy!!

I am actually looking forward to the flights. Right! Because I won’t be able to do anything except sit and relax! Okay, back to my lists!

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