Lastditch Fling for Fifty Year Olds

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Dec 29th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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cosmopolitan: You have some wonderful replies. Italy sounds great but I love Paris. I was there a month ago and have a report if you are interested. I have been several times and am never disappointed. It is beautiful and everyone I meet has been wonderful. I think you and your friend will knock them dead wherever you go.
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Dec 29th, 2004, 01:17 PM
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Just read ohblondie's thread on her and her mysterious "C" What a story.
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Dec 29th, 2004, 01:20 PM
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Yeah, how did you miss that the first time, Madison? So perfect for cosmopolitan to read, no?
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Dec 30th, 2004, 12:21 PM
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Marilyn, yes it is perfect for Cosmopolitan to read. I would love to hear her comments on it.
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Dec 30th, 2004, 02:10 PM
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Read it?! I am more like packing my bags after reading it. I sent it over to my friend and we have decided to book our trip earlier in the year.
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Dec 30th, 2004, 02:23 PM
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LOL, Cosmo, I was going to warn you that after reading it you were likely to be on the next plane to Rome.
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Dec 30th, 2004, 02:54 PM
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Mama mia Cocompolitan!!! Shall I again have my Roman born and bred SIL email his buddies in Rome and warn them!!!

Oh do have a fabulous trip - both of you!

And heaven help you if you two do not file a trip report. We will all be waiting! :
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Dec 30th, 2004, 03:07 PM
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If you are in Roma in March come on over to our informal get-together. We are all the same generation and absolutely fling-worthy (a nod to Eileen on Seinfeld).

We are going to ride vespas too! What a mental picture, huh.

Let us know.
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Dec 30th, 2004, 03:33 PM
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Cosmo Girls- I am also 55 (f) and just want to tell you that when in Amalfi for a couple of days during the first 2 weeks of this last November, I was asked to dinner by a 41 yr old. I must say I declined the invitation, but it was a high point in my journey to have been even asked! I was traveling with my 32 yr old daughter (who thought I was crazy for not accepting the invitation) but ventured out alone one late afternoon. Being on one's own is truly the easiest way to meet people, in my experience. But most of all, just keeping an open mind and open smile seems to erase most boundaries of age. In my 2 weeks in Rome, Amalfi, and Venice, we met so many wonderful people just because we were so open to the experience. Guess it all depends on what you're looking for since I also saw people who kept their noses buried in books and perhaps the isolation suited them. For my daughter and I, meeting the people was the experience. (Which makes my heart break even more hearing about all the countries and people affected by the recent tsunami.)

Secondly, a WARNING to all. The train station in Rome sold us a ticket to take a train from Rome to Salerno and then Salerno to Amalfi. I kept insisting that there was no train from Salerno to Amalfi(having gotten this info from visiting this website and others before we left) but they told us to buy the ticket. You may think there was confusion due to the language barrier, but the entire transaction was made by my daughter's boyfriend who is Venetian and spoke Italian to the ticket agent. When we got to Salerno (and for this leg of the trip, my daughter and I were traveling alone)the train station thought we were nuts to think there was a train to Amalfi - and if there is such a thing as an "Italian smirk", we got it! Now this is where Mom could have gloated with the "I told you so's" but all we wanted to do was get to our hotel in Amalfi before it got dark. So, we had to buy a bus ticket and the other so-called train ticket was useless. Luckily it was only around 2E but, it still caused stress that we should not have had to go through. After dodging all the cab drivers (one who reeked of alcohol and we could not even imagine being in a car with him driving that coastal road!), the bus came quickly and we made it to our destination at dusk.

Oh, so if you end up in Amalfi and you want dinner with an Italian man, just take the bus from Amalfi to Ravello in the late afternoon and ask for "Andrea." He is the bus driver who told me he "love American women!" And that is because we are "friendly and nice!" When I asked about the Italian women, he said that they were "not so friendly and not so nice." I would imagine there must be some reason for that but did not want to pursue this particular train of thought. When I asked him how he enjoyed living in the area he said, "Ah, it is paradise, what more can I say?" And, it truly is an amazingly beautiful area...

Then, there are the owners of restaurants who are also incredibly friendly. But, that is another story!

Enjoy yourselves, ladies! Oh, and pay extra for that cappuchino at the well known bar in front of the famous sculpture or building wherever you are. Life is too short to fret about a couple of euros here or there!



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Dec 30th, 2004, 06:13 PM
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Holy cow! If my "last ditch fling" was at 55 I would have missed some of the best European trips of my life. Go to Amsterdam where you are only as old as you want to be.
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Feb 2nd, 2005, 07:38 PM
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Hi, Cosmo,
Go to Rome, Florence, Venice. My sister & I went there 2 years ago (late 40's, but looking good)
There's nothing like the Italians for appreciating women...They are respectful, but manage to make you feel wonderful! It was an incredible experience & I still feel great!
I'm married, but I'd rather go back with my sister...The shopping, museums, art are all more fun with a "girlfriend". Have a ball!
And this is definitely not even close to a "last ditch"--Go, girls!
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Mar 7th, 2005, 04:05 PM
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hello,
i read ur email. and i was wondering if there is a city named Livier? because that's my middle name, and if there is, where is located. Thank you
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