Ground Travel Day

Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
Trip End Oct 05, 2009

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Uncle Phil & Aunt Helen's House

Flag of United States  , Missouri
Thursday, September 24, 2009

After nearly nine months planning one of the best days of our life ~ a beautiful wedding ~ my dear husband and I are about to embark upon a wonderful honeymoon. We are driving to St. Louis, Missouri, flying from St. Louis to Rome, Italy.  We will spend one night in Rome, Italy prior to riding the train from Rome to Civitavecchia, Italy where we will board Royal Caribbean's ship ~ Navigator of the Seas ~ for a sea journey around Italy, France & Spain with stops in Genoa, Italy... then Villefranche (Nice), France... then Barcelona, Spain.... up next is the island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain...and a final day stop in Sardinia, Italy... with a full day at sea before returning to Civitavecchia, Italy.  We will take the train back into Rome and spend another evening before flying back to the United States the next day.

September 24, 2009 ~  Ground Travel Day

After a nervous stint packing and a tearful goodbye to Simo (our fur baby), we were on the highway and the honeymoon officially began. We made a quick stop at hubby's work to drop-off leftover wedding cake and we were off to St. Louis

. We arrived at Aunt Helen & Uncle Phil's around 7:30pm where they greeted us with wine. Hubby has raved about Aunt Helen’s cooking for a long time and he was not exaggerating. We sat down to a meal of hot French bread, salad with an array of seasonings and oil & vinegar dressing, large baked Portobello mushrooms filled with a spinach and cheese sauce, and a to-die-for pasta with pruscuitto. I am not kidding when I say that was the best pasta I’ve had in my entire life. I put it in my mouth and couldn’t believe the explosion of wonderfulness. Aunt Helen dared us to find a comparable "true Italian" meal in Italy. They had actually gone to one of the local Italian-owned restaurants in St. Louis to get the salad dressing and it was wonderful but that pasta was amazing. Seriously. Hubby & I were semi-hungry but not starving as we had stopped on the way and I had bought an apple for a snack but we both emptied our plates. Unfortunately, we were too stuffed for her desert – something she called Ozark Pudding but it resembled an apple crumb cobbler filled with walnuts. As our bellies were full, we made it an early night and turned-in around 11pm.

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