I am back! I hope this finds you all happy and healthy and enjoying life. After being gone almost three weeks, I feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle. It feels like a dream and like I was gone for a hundred years. Wasn't it a hundred? O.K., maybe twenty. Anyway, hopefully I don't resemble him but with the jet lag I'm not so sure.
It's taken me a couple of days to get my bearings and frankly after I loaded the 1,776 photos on my iMac I got a little overwhelmed. Where do I start? Well, I began my trip in Rome, so? Rome it is.
Rome is arguably the greatest city in the world. I say arguably only because I know someone will want to argue with me! "New York!" or "Paris!" they'll say. O.K., everyone has their preferences and they are usually for very personal reasons. Mostly, they are emotional and often it's something we can't explain ... it's a connection we feel to a place. I feel like that in Rome.
But, if I had to argue (I am winking here) I would say, Rome has an amazing energy and vitality like New York. And like New York has great food and a huge beautiful city park. It has amazing art collections like Paris and Berlin, with ancient history and ruins to walk among like Athens and Cairo. And then, there are the Romans. Every cab driver is your tour guide. I can't tell you how many times I had a driver point and yell "Victor Emmanuel!"
Other than some crazy weather we had, my parents and I celebrated and had a wonderful trip. As some of you may recall the whole idea to got started when I was sick and watching Rick Steve's Italy in the ICU on my sister's portable DVD player, after having a bad post appendectomy infection and ended up sick for ... well, months. (How's that for a run-on?) So, it was kind of a "Woo hoo, I survived" trip. If you can swing it, I highly recommend it.
Ciao for now!