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... quoted Christian, the tour guide we had in Chianti, on this, but his quote has been stuck in my head: “In America you eat for fuel, and in Italy you eat for pleasure.” The meals really reflected this. I remember preparing for the trip and Meg warned me that you aren’t supposed to eat and walk at the same time; it is considered rude to eat on the go and not to sit and enjoy the food and the people around you.
Not only that, but meals ...
... that would have happened in the good 'ol US of A.
Big bathrooms. Even the most "luxurious" place we stayed (in Alba) had a relatively small shower. I can't wait to shave my legs in comfort again.
Free bathrooms. I should have had a line item in the budget for paying for bathrooms in Italy. Some places charged as much as 1.50 Euro just to use the restroom (I'm looking at you, Venice). Alba and the surrounding area was the ONLY area where there was ...
... was 17 (13 years ago!!?!) I went to France with a high school French Club group. None of this technology existed. We wandered around cities like Chamonix and Paris without a map. Some of my favorite memories of that trip came from walking through alleys with friends, getting lost, and finding adorable restaurants. Some of our best discoveries were when we went off plan and decided to check out little shops and bookstores along the ...
... of shoes - hiking shoes (for Cinque Terre), walking sandals from Clarks, and a pair of flats. After thinking about it, I don't really need those flats for anything because my sandals will go with everything. So I ditched the flats.
I can always buy while I'm there.
Bob keeps reminding me that we're not leaving civilization. Anything I didn't pack that I end up really needing? I can buy.
T-Minus 1 day and 12 hours! :)
Over the weekend we started the challenging job of packing for our 3 week vacation in multiple climates. Add to that the airline restrictions and it becomes a major puzzle. To play it safe we are taking 3 checked bags. Never done that before. Fortunately the airline allows us each 2 bags so we are good to go.
We're just about done however and we are ready (and excited) to go. Tomorrow ...