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Italy is beautiful even in the pouring rain. And in the fog, and in drizzle and under cloud cover. We didn't manage to meet up with Bethany, alas, alas, but we had a great five days of fun exploring in a whirlwind of foccacia, walking, rainclouds and tourist traps. The sun came out the last 2 days and lit things up with a stunning vengeance. O! Bella Italia!

My phone died the second day and our travel charger didn't work at all so we were without phones for most of the week and without internet access for all of it. I twitched a bit for a few days, but then (apart from feeling guilty that I couldn't contact Bethany), strangely, grew to enjoy the silence. I wrote blog posts in my head, and talked to some of you incessantly in my head, and uploaded photos only to Headbook.

Mostly, however, I enjoyed a vacation with my family which found us on the road, on the train, on the coast, in the mountains, enjoying every minute of it, from Rapallo's quiet harbor to Genoa's aquarium and labyrinthine old town to the sparkling jewelry shops of the Ponte Vecchio and the glory of the Florentine Duomo, to the sun-washed beauty of the Cinque Terre and the quirky marvel of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the immense gravity and surprising peacefulness of the Piazza dei Miracoli. We didn't see half the things we meant to, but we saw as much as we possibly could and then some.

But after we landed in Copenhagen late this afternoon, and retrieved our luggage and took the train across the sound to Sweden and came up from the platform into the setting sun and the crisp, chilly, FRESH air, all I could think was, after 3 pretty-much-solid weeks of traveling: There's no place like home.
mood: exhausted
music: none, just me.

From Megsie

Welcome home~ I have missed your voice here so very much. I am so happy that you had such a spectacular time. I hope you tell us more... I can't wait to hear all of your stories!

Re: From Megsie

I don't know that it was spectacular, exactly, but it was sure COLORFUL and BUSY and FUN :)

glad you're home safe and sound. can't wait to see the photos! unplugging is good for the soul every now and again. my only trip to Italy was pre-internet, so i can only visualize it unplugged. :) hope you've had a glorious time on these last 2 trips AND it does feel good to get home after being away. xo

It was lovely, but the older I get, the more I appreciate coming home. I don't know if I'll ever REALLY appreciated being unplugged now, though :P

Welcome home. I think I'd be twitching a little for a couple of days if I realized there's no phone/internet heh. Actually had a similar 'problem' during my Switzerland trip in 2009, when I had brought the laptop to be able to sort out/edit my photographs during our trip and keep the homefront updated with them.. when for some reason the bloody thing wouldn't start up heh. But I managed just fine without and maybe even enjoyed the holidya more so cause of it if that makes sense.

It sounds like you had a wonderful time away and I look forward seeing pics and reading more about your trip. :)

I don't think I would have twitched as much if it had been on purpose, but since it wasn't voluntary, it was much more nerve-wracking than it might have been...but we survived, regardless!

You never fail to crack me up Liz, "Headbook"!!

I haven't looked, but it's probably a real site!


Oh, Italy! You lucky woman! Such a jet-setter, you are. :)

I am so glad you had a lovely time - and mostly unplugged, which is probably a good thing. Even though I imagine I would have gone all twitchy! I can't wait to see your photos. I remember our family's trip to Italy (when I was ten!) so vividly.

:) Sam

It's funny...I have very narrowly focused memories of my trip to Italy as a teenager, and being there now made me realize I didn't remember ANYTHING...not, really. It was all a series of moment-snaps in my head.


Sounds likeyou got the rest you needed? So glad to have you safe and sound home again. Welcome home!


No rest, not at all! Ah well, I can sleep when I'm dead, eh? :P

Joy here

Welcome home! I am glad you had a fun time. Rain in Italy is better than rain at home? LoL I am glad the sun did come out! Now, to get the home routine in shape, right? :D

Re: Joy here

Rain in Italy is definitely better than rain at home, but sun in Italy is wonderful! And I think it will take me another week to get the home routine back in shape, at which point it's my husband's turn to travel, which throws everything off again!

Welcome back!

Can't wait to see you and the gang this Friday at sushi :) Prepare some stories for us! :):):)

Re: Welcome back!

We're looking forward to it! We are very sushi-deprived! There were sushi places here and there in Italy, but we refused to let the kids talk us into going there: Italian food all week!

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