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Trip Report Bruce and Marija go to Naples, Alba, Neive, Turin, Florence and Paris

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I've always wanted to start a thread announcing that on the afternoon of April 12th, 2031 we're flying to the southermost tip of Yurgovia and I need recommendations for the best place to savor zargovs, the local delicacy made with yarmala, a unique blend of svea and svots, lovingly described in Zamara's out-of-print guide to Yurga cuisine. Unfortunately, careful planning and a tidy desk are out of my reach. We used to prioritize destinations but abandoned that in defeat since our actual trips didn't match our wish list. Who wants to admit that they can't even follow their own dreams?!

This was once again supposed to be a trip to Southeast Asia. Our first trip to Southeast Asia morphed into a trip to Zielona Gora, Vilnius, and Rome, the second into a trip to Brazil. Our third trip to Southeast Asia was derailed by Bruce's announcement that he wanted to attend a conference in Florence in October. Florence, while not my favorite Italian city, is a substantial improvement over Zielona Gora, a mushroom sized city in Poland where the tourist brochure outlines "15 Highlights " that can be covered in less than hour and where by the end of a week I knew every crack in the sidewalks.

With Florence as an anchor, all I had to do was figure out what else to add in to make it a worthy vacation. We had signed up for the infamous 100,000 free miles and 2 for 1 frequent flyer trips offered by the BA credit card deal, so it made sense to increase our stash of miles by flying BA. That meant we could stopover in London and visit a friend in Derbyshire. Naples wasn't featuring a garbage strike, so it seemed like an excellent time for a visit and we could fly there from London Gatwick on BA without increasing the cost of the tickets. The next issue was deciding where to return from. There was a long-running thread here on getting to Naples from Paris and, being highly suggestible, I embraced the idea with a slight modification. Why not go from Naples to Paris? Five weeks seemed like a reasonable amount of time so I booked us into Naples and back from Paris. We'd figure out the details later.

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