“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal: Italy 2013 – Arrividerci, Tuscany

On Friday, we returned to Cortona to introduce Ruth and Jeanie to this lovely village. Since we did pretty much the same things as before, I won’t repeat myself here.

On Saturday we were up early to get Ruth and Jeanie to the train station in Arezzo by 7:30 to catch the train to Rome, where Jeanie would board a plane for Vienna to visit a friend and Ruth would see a bit of the Eternal City before leaving for home on Sunday with us. 

The flights home were challenging. We sat on the runway in Rome for an hour due to a weather delay. (Thankfully, we had a couple of hours layover before our connecting flight in Atlanta!) Then we sat on the runway in Atlanta for over 4 hours waiting to take off for Orlando, again due to weather. At one point, we were number 33 in line for takeoff!  Altogether, we traveled from 3:15 a.m. Orlando time until 8:30 p.m. Orlando time, with only about an hour in Atlanta to go through customs and get to our gate. The rest of the time we were sitting on a plane. It was brutal, but the pilot and flight crew did a great job keeping us informed and bringing us drinks. Still, I was so glad to get off that plane!

Our time in Tuscany was truly the trip of a lifetime. I had been worried that I had built it up so much in my mind that I would be disappointed. But it was everything I had imagined and hoped for and more. I cried when we left Monterchi and am already starting to plan our return, probably in two years.  

Although writing and pictures really can’t do this experience justice, I hope I’ve been able to at least give you an inkling of the beauty of Tuscany and of the people who live there. I have enjoyed sharing my travels with you and hope you have enjoyed reading my journals. 

Arrividerci, amici!