September 27th, 2015
My heart flutters with anticipation,
What will I see?
How will it be?
The essence of Tuscany comes back to me…
the sights I have seen,
the sounds, the smells, the taste
and memories of that summer in 2013
when I was forever touched by
The sound of the local morning men
that greeted us
each with a nod
as we walked single file by them,
as they sat,
one after the other,
on the low wall of the entrance
inviting us to their beautiful spot on earth
Where I like to think
they gather together each morning
discussing whatever it is that
Italian men discuss.
Will they still be there?
The lovely piccolo player
in the piazza in Pienza,
her sweet sounds floating in the air
mixing with the laughter of the children playing
the chatter of the townspeople out for their passeggiando
….I love this ritual of the Italians of
never thinking of staying in after dinner and watching TV
when there is real life happening
out in the Piazza
I hold in my mind, my heart, my soul
That season of sharing good times with my
Remembering the disbelief of the two cyclist-
who stopped by our table as we were enjoying desert
with our morning coffee-
when they heard our answer to their question
of where we were going & how long were we staying.
“has the drama begun yet?”
when they heard we were 4 woman
traveling together for 4 weeks.
And our surprise at that question,
as it had never occurred to us that that could even happen,
It never entered our minds that amongst the beauty of our surroundings,
and the thrill to be sharing this adventure together
(& the tasty deserts)
that there could be the kind of drama they asked about.
Drama didn’t happen that day nor any other day along this magical adventure….
Which maybe is the #1 Tip I can give to you
before you start out on an adventure
Choose your travel partners wisely.
Last on board for this adventure was
who has that wonderful gift of Slow Living.
That ability to slow down & absorb life,
Which gives an openness about her
that allows her to start conversations with
This leads to interesting experiences
that would never happen
if you stay closed off in your own little group.
And then there was
(AKA, Gigi, or Gidget
– depending on where we are in the world)
my faithful travel partner,
and a calm, centered soul.
Whether it is Paris, Waikiki or San Francisco,
she knows how to go with the flow.
Which is Tip # 2 in picking a travel partner.
It’s all about the attitude.
who I didn’t know before-
but in that small-world-kinda-way
met once, years ago
on the beach in Waikiki
when we were on the same canoe ride
and after talking realized
we had a lot in common
So I knew that she was okay
…because Glenda told me so.
Turns out she was more than ok…
We all can take a lesson
from her on how to pack light.
(Tip #3-PACK LIGHT)
My mind jumps to this upcoming adventure and what it will be like.
how can it be anything but grand.
I answer the door to
If I remember to stay open…
live in the moment,
Attitude is Everything.
And remember how lucky am I,
to be in
Tuscany, Fall 2015
but also Knowing
it is not all just luck…
I will write more later on how I pull this off.
As I am not rich,
nor do I live anywhere near