Home and happy to be here

We have been home for two days. The flight back went really well, but what a long and tiring flight it is. We were in Business Elite (Delta) the whole way (upgraded with points), but it was still horrible. It is the last leg from Atlanta to Albuquerque that really does me in. Maybe we should try spending the night in Atlanta, then flying home the next day. I was quite perky the day after … Continue reading Home and happy to be here

Tuesday, September 30 – We fly home tomorrow

It is Tuesday afternoon. Steve’s cold is worse today, so we are letting him rest a bit before we set out again. I am going to post my blog up until Sunday, but probably won’t post the last bit until we are home. It has been a wonderful trip. It seems to have gone by quickly, but when I think about it, it does seem a long time ago that we were in Switzerland. I … Continue reading Tuesday, September 30 – We fly home tomorrow

Monday, September 29 – First day in Rome

Heavy rain in the night, but woke up to the sun breaking through the overcast. Sunny and warm. Wore short sleeves and jeans today. Long sleeves and jeans in the evening. I am home now and it was a week ago yesterday that I am writing about. We had hoped to have breakfast out on our lovely terrace, but we woke up to cold and overcast. We did have breakfast in the room, but the … Continue reading Monday, September 29 – First day in Rome

Sunday, September 28 – Blackout in Italian is "blackout"

Overcast, heavy rain on and off You probably read about it in the papers. The electricity went off in Italy at 3:30am. I woke up in the middle of the night and noticed the power was out. This is one of the weirdest travel feelings for me, waking up in the middle of the night and not remembering where you are or what your room looks like or where the bathroom might be. That happened … Continue reading Sunday, September 28 – Blackout in Italian is "blackout"

Saturday, September 27 – San Quirico d'Orcia GTG

Sunny and warm (but I wore a long sleeved top today and a jacket in the evening) I slept badly. Woke up at 4 am (counted the church bells) feeling very congested and slightly paniced because I had done nothing to arrange this lunch expect make a reservation for 17 and I was not really sure of the number of people coming or if anyone would come. We got up at 8 and Steve was … Continue reading Saturday, September 27 – San Quirico d'Orcia GTG

Friday, September 26 – The Chianti GTG

Sunny and warm (cool in the evening – needed a jacket or sweater) Have I mentioned how much I hate those route planning web sites? Last year I printed out driving directions from Mappy and they were useless. This year I printed out driving directions from Maporama and they were more than useless, they were also misleading. Two hours from Levanto to Castellina – or so they said. More like three and a half. We … Continue reading Friday, September 26 – The Chianti GTG

Thursday, September 25 – Leaving Levanto

Sunny and warm The weather is turning – you can feel the cooler weather coming on. And we both feel like we are getting a cold. Today we did nothing except get ready to leave. We went to the laundromat in town and did two loads of laundry to get us through the last week. Unfortunately, the washers do not let you add your own soap (we use unscented soap), but it is automatically added, … Continue reading Thursday, September 25 – Leaving Levanto

L'eredità: the quiz show

When in Italy and parts of Switzerland that receive RAI 1, I (Steve) like to watch the TV quiz program “l’eredità”. I am attracted to this show for its astonishing complexity, its (for me, anyway) educational content – both general knowledge and spoken Italian – and other elements that seem distinctly Italian in flavor. The Italian version of “millionaire”, il millionario, plays on Mediaset in the same time slot. It has never kept me interested … Continue reading L'eredità: the quiz show

Wednesday, September 24 – Rain again, and a drive to Camogli

Overcast, a few rain showers, muggy, some sun Woke up to heavy rain. We had a delicious sleep-in – missed breakfast in the hotel, but made oatmeal at “home”. Lazed about, Steve did some work, I read some email and, after the rain stopped, we took the car out and drove to the Autostrada and then north to Camogli. It was an hours drive. There was a sign saying the Autostrada south to Tuscany was … Continue reading Wednesday, September 24 – Rain again, and a drive to Camogli

Tuesday, September 23 – Rain!! (after six months of no rain here)

Overcast, heavy rain, lightening and thunder in the morning, then overcast and some sun for the rest of the day. Very muggy. Well Rick Steves didn’t mention rain!! Because our apartment is in the hotel, we get to use the breakfast room. The guests here seem to be Americans, Brits and Aussies. The name “Rick Steves” is heard often. One morning we talked to a middle-aged American couple who had flown into Italy the day … Continue reading Tuesday, September 23 – Rain!! (after six months of no rain here)