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Flying Out

Early Monday morning, our shuttle picked us up for the Rome airport. The airport was efficient, comfortable, and very modern. It may be the best we have seen in all our travels.

Now, we were headed back to the US, a little glad to be home, return to family, friends, and dogs, but a little sad to leave Italy. The people have been exceptionally friendly, helpful, and pleasant. By any standards, the food has been good to outstanding. I will miss the cappuccino, gelato, squid, and even the pasta. I didn’t think much of pasta before I came to Italy. Oh, and not to forget the Florentine steak. Try and beat that Omaha.

We have come close to a staggering amount of human history, art, and achievement. From the sweet little display in Parma about the brutality of Italian colonization in Africa to gladiators to the WWII resistance to Pompei, we have been given a real glimpse of the pain alongside the glorious. There were magnificent buildings, sculptures, paintings, and mosaics. Beyond all that, we have walked down hundreds of streets where people were sitting, talking, laughing, drinking coffee or wine, and overhead laundry hanging from balconies. It is a place of families and friends. It is a real place where people live their lives with enthusiasm. When I get home, I will remind my children I love them and look forward to our next family meal or even a trip to Paris or Montreal.

This trip has been good, even with the effort, complications, and frustrations. They are all the price of travel with is different from a vacation. The point of travel is to grow, get someplace, learn, and not just get away from the struggles of life. When I am old and need a rest, I will spend more time on vacation.

Posted by Deuxenvacances 20:42 Archived in Italy

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