11 days, 17 hours and counting to Italy!

Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:13 PM
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MTT-thanks for your willingness to give those Swiss Guards a thing or two. I'll let you know what I find out!

LoveItaly-yes, this will be my first trip and I am sooo excited to say the least. I started reading this website five or so years ago when I first wanted to go but the trip did not materialize then. I have collected/printed gobs and gobs of info and am trying to weed through it all and make final notes. Congeliano Prosecco is now on my list! Thank you for your good thoughts!

JenD1018-Have you been to Italy before? You see many years ago I had dreams of going to five different countries with a girlfriend of mine, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Egypt. I was young and foolish and climbed on the love train instead! I haven't traveled to Europe except once in the early eighties to England, so this is BIG! Youngest child is going off college next year and it's my double nickel birthday this year so I said "Let's go!" And as prepared as I might be I hope that most things go well and I'm willing to roll with the punches on the things that may not. I hope you have a FABULOUS trip!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Galelstorm, I remember you from other posts here since we're going to be in Rome at around the same time. I'm leaving for Florence this Sunday, I don't have anything ready, and I am doing overtime at work this entire week plus Saturday. haha.

And like you, I had dreams of doing a big Euro vacation with my best friend from high school and plans never materialized (I went off to finish studies at university and she got married and moved to the east coast). That was about 17 years ago. Then two years ago, I finally got to see London and Paris, wanted to see Italy and Spain this year (cut it down to Italy), and next year will be my visit to Spain or a Greece/Turkey combo and visit my old roommate from university (she's from Istanbul).

Good luck in getting the Scavi tour!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:46 PM
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Have a great trip!!! Looking forward to hearing all about it!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:50 PM
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This is great, Gale. We are planning one week in Rome in October, and I was beginning to think I've overplanned. I've been obsessed for months. The thrill of the hunt was beginning to wane just a little, but it's back!!! Yea you...when you get back I can start MY countdown.

It's funny, our stories are so similar. Maybe all college women plan on Europe with their girlfriends before life re-directs us. My dearest high school and college friend and I planned to meet on the Eiffel Tower. But, for me I got there 31 years later at age 49 (with husband- an equally worthy, if less starry-eyed travel partner!)

Can't wait to hear how it goes...what kind of fabulous.
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Okay, starting now...52 days and...
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:13 PM
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bouradly-Where are you staying in Rome? We have an apartment near Piazza Navona through Rentals in Rome. In fact Kristina, of trip report fame, stayed there with her friends and DH in April. It's a 2BR 2BTH and close to the Frigadarium (sp?), great gelato per Kristina! Wink, wink on that OT!

My girlfriend from 30 some years ago and I are still good pals and we are talking of a trip to Greece next year for her 60th! She is of Greek heritage and we can still do a pretty darn good Sirto! Thanks for the well wishes on getting the Scavi. I had no time today at work so will try tomorrow.

hanabilly-Is obsession a key word here? I started taking Italian lessons at the JC near here two years ago and now have a fabulous teacher who I take regular classes at the local Italian club and private lessons every other week. It's good for the brain and the soul. My teacher is so wonderful. My DH is of Italian heritage and I'm a Heinz 57 mix of English/Irish/Welsh and whatever but Italy and the people have touched me. I can't wait!

I was trying hard not to get too excited a month or so ago. Just making sure small things were taken care of like med kit, small toiletries, etc. But now...it's TEN DAYS AWAY!!!
I am so happy to pass on the jazzy feeling of embarking on a new adventure.

52 days baby!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:15 PM
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mallory-thanks for you wishes for a great trip and I will certainly report back here. It's all about sharing information and Fodorites have been very good to me!
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:35 PM
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Hello galelstorm, here is a rather quick read about Prosseco wine if you have a few moments to read it.


I always think of Congeliano as my home away from home.
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galestorm, we are in the planning for our first trip to Italy with our bestfriends, I would love more info on your apartment, its exactly what we want 2 and 2. Could you post a link to that particular one? I shall look forward to reading your trip report!

Many thanks.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 08:45 AM
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Maudie - Gladly! Here you go:

LoveItaly-Oh you never should have given me that link! Prosecco with rabbit...mmmmm.

So Conegliano is a hill town that has captured your heart, huh? I will have to investigate and learn more about it. Thanks for the link.
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I am staying at Albergo Cesari, which is around the Pantheon area. I heard a lot about the Frigadarium and I have it on my list of gelato places to try out!
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We stayed just down the street on Via Governo Vecchio and visited the Fridarium every day. YUM! You're gonna have a great trip, Gale. Don't forget to take lots of notes for that trip report when you come back ;-)
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galelstorm-we are leaving on Tuesday and I have not done ONE thing you have!! Guess I better get on it.

JenV-we'll be in Positano the 12th-16th-maybe we'll pass on the street!
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Wow, looks great galestorm. I shall wait to read all about it on your return. Thanks so much.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:34 PM
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To all of you leavin for Italy before Oct 5th, phooey on you! The those leaving after the 5th, Naynaynaynaynay!

Hope everyone has a great time. I just started a new topic, suggesting that those who will be in Rome from Oct 9-15, meet up for a drink. Hope to meet some of you there!
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Oops, I meant "To those leaving..."
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Gale you too! I will try to do a trip report when I return...not much info on Aeolian's on here. Italybound09, care to meet up for a mini fodor gtg..maybe a drink at the BdiB American Bar while you are in town? My friend Matteo makes the most insane bellini's with fresh peach juice.
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Sep 4th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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Blacknight and Italybound09 - Please have a prosecco for me since I will miss the get together!
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Sep 4th, 2009, 05:24 PM
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gale- I'm so excited for you! My first trip to Italy was in Oct 07 and my next is scheduled for April. I cannot wait.

I found that the planning of the trip itself was almost as great as the trip itself. My adult daughter and I would spend at least an hour a day planning. (Over the phone and via internet.) Of course, we did Paris/Venice/FLorence and Rome. But the planning, the researching of the sites and history and places to eat, things to do... it was all part of the fun of the trip.

I received three really good pieces of advice here before my trip- and I believe I had a much better experience because I kept those three pieces of advice close to my vest:

1) Wear a smile (just like BobTheNav suggested)
2) (and you will have no problem here-) try to speak the language and you will get further for trying

And the most important of all--- Something WILL go wrong- do NOT let it ruin your vacation! Mentally prepare yourself for it before you go and when it happens, you will dust it off and move on! I absolutely believed it and practiced that mindset every day before I left.

Several things went "wrong" during the trip- but it was a wonderful and memorable trip, just the same! The first day in Paris- a transit strike that closed all museums, including the Louvre. AND the next day, it delayed our flight to Venice 3 times, getting us into Venice at almost midnight. But we kept our forward motion and our smile! Other things in between like boarding the wrong train (once in Paris and once in Florence)... no problem! Get off and get on the right train! And the last day... a fall in Rome that left my face pretty busted up. BUT- we kept it in stride and even ended up with a few laughs (DD's first words as I was turned over on the street by the carbinieri..."Mom, your modeling days are over." :] ME to DD: "Well, at first I thought you pushed me, but then I remembered you were in front of me." I tell you, without that predetermined mindset, I know it would have been different.

SO... make up your mind that when something goes wrong..and it will... move past it! Keep going and have a lovely, lovely vacation. Italy will transform you!!!!

Buon viaggio!!!


PS When those "bad" things happened, we would look at each other and say, "How bad could it be? We're in Paris! (or Rome, etc) )
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a reminder that Herculaneum (in modern Italian Ercolano)is better than Pompeii
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