Hope fall is treated each of you well. This time of year is nonstop for me, as I’m sure, it is the same for many of you. When I am running around like crazy, I like to think about all the things I’ve done over the past year. One of them is my fabulous adventure in Europe this past August.
I’m a planner, and I’d planned this vacation over eighteen months before the trip. So needless to say, nothing was going to stop me from enjoying my vacation. This included a double ruptured tendon and collapsed arch.
Much to my doctor’s chagrin, I’d decided to delay surgery until after I returned from my Europe. The compromise we came up with was that I’d have to wear an air cast and use a knee scooter whenever I could.
I know many of you are thinking, how does one walk the cobblestone streets around the ancient cities of Europe in a cast? Well let me tell you, it wasn’t easy but I did it.
I’m one of those annoying glass is half full kind of gals, and so nothing was going to cramp my style.
My adventure started with a stiff drink at the airport, in the guise of coffee.
This kept me going for the 16-hour journey to get from Houston, Texas to Barcelona, Spain with a three-hour delay in Washington, D.C. between flights. Let me state for the record, anyone who says they travel all the time and never have issues is a liar! Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, back to our regularly scheduled programming. 😊
The moment we landed, I was ready to roll. I wasn’t sure if it was delirium from sleep deprivation, but I was super hyper.
For the next three days, I ran my family ragged, scooting all over Barcelona, from mountaintops of Montserrat to the artsy Casa Battlo. Now I’m not going to say it is easy, but Barcelona is relatively filled with smooth streets. The areas where it was too bouncy for my scooter, I hobbled on with my boot.
At the end of each day, I enjoyed a cocktail or two. In the case below, four!
After my fun-filled days in Spain, we headed to Cannes, France, and Monaco. These are two places where being over the top is the norm, and that’s an understatement. I’ve never seen so many luxury stores, sports cars, and yachts. If you bank, at least, fifty million a year, I highly recommend these places as the locations your next summer homes. For the rest of us, it’s always fun to see how ridiculously crazy people are about their high-end goods.
Once we had our fill of lifestyles of the rich and famous, we made our way to Italy. This is one of the countries, I’ve dreamed of visiting since childhood. The first city we spend time and my favorite place in all of Italy was Florence. Everywhere we went there are leather goods and cafes, beautiful architecture and churches. I ate more during my two days in Florence than I did the entire other parts of the vacation. In addition to stuffing my face, I was fortunate to be able to spend an incredible time in the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell’Accademiasee, where I saw the first ever cover model, David! Now I understand why this statue has inspired so many pieces of writing and art.
The last city on my Mediterranean adventure was Rome. This is the place where the gladiators fought and where the Christian church built its base to spread across the modern world. My faith is very important to me, and I can truly say it was a blessing to visit the Vatican. There is nothing I can say to describe the feeling of being in this ancient community other than breathtaking.
Now close your eyes and imagine a certain someone, gritting her teeth, bouncing along thousand-year-old stones of various shapes and sizes, and praying she doesn’t go airborne at any minute. If you haven’t guessed, that was me. Cobblestones were not my favorite part of this city. However, I can say I visited Rome and went to the top of the Colosseum!
Ending my journey was bittersweet. I was ready to come home for a little normalcy but was sad to leave the culture, food, and more than anything, the people I’d met.
If you ever find yourself looking for a place to visit, I cannot highly recommend the countries which line the Mediterranean enough. Any adventure there will leave you with beautiful memories and lifelong friends.
Until next month,