God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Friday, July 04, 2008

What's Next? An Update

Tomorrow we leave Greve for twelve days going to Lake Garda, Lake Como and Milan. We are staying at what I think will be a very lovely B and B Villa San Pietro close to Lake Garda and then have rented an apartment on Lake Como. Casey has never been to the lake area so it will be new for him. One day I think we will take a run into Switzerland just so he can say he has been in another country--not that a one day jaunt really counts for being there but he will like that. Of course, if I remember correctly Switzerland at the Italian border is pretty much an extension of Italy.

From there we go to Milan just for two nights. We have three things to do there.
  1. Take Casey to see Da Vinci's Last Supper as Casey believes he has a connection with Leonardo--along with Michaelangelo and Picasso.
  2. Take him to the roof of the duomo as that is quite an amazing experience and place to be
  3. Have lunch with friend Sylvia who is sometimes known as Alice.
The problem with this traveling is that we will no longer have our internet connection and so blog entries will be less frequent and probably shorter. In fact, that may be true for much of the rest of our time here. In our apartment here, we have an ADSL connection which is really nice. I will miss it.

After our Lake/Milan excursion, we return to Viticcio for two nights, deposit Casey with Camilla's family and Ken and I then head for 17 days in Croatia. It will be the first vacation without grandson in several years. I suspect we will end up missing him and the dimensions he adds to our travel experiences. And I am sure that he will have a difficult time even though he will be 24/7 with his buddy Camilla.

From Croatia we return to Greve for a week, then spend a week with good friends Nico and Elena at Sant' Antonio in Montepulciano. Casey and their daughter Sofia have been friends for many years now. From there we go to Bevagna in Umbria for two nights at the lovely Genius Loci which is owned by another friend, Mary. And then...........home to San Diego.

So that's what's happening with us. Casey and I will keep our blogs going--just not as often. A good way to know when we update so that you don't need to check frequently (or infrequently as the case may be) is to sign up for a feed which tells you when a new post is up. There is a link "Subscribe in a Reader" on the right side bars of our blogs. You can click there and select a means of being notified. Then again, just check-in when the thought strikes.


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Where abouts are you going to stay at Lake Como.

We had a fabulous holiday there last year, stayed for 10 days!! We also took a trip up to Switzerland, great holiday.

janie said...

Have a wonderful time. I look forward to hearing about it all at some point. Can't wait to learn about Croatia.

Jane said...

Thanks for your comments but I am on the net for just a few minutes and need to poat so will say a better thank you later.