What I learned on our trip to Italy

stairs to the top of the Duomo in Florence

stairs to the top of the Duomo in Florence

Traveling with Andrew is so much different (read: better) than traveling alone. Here are some little tidbits that we learned while in Italy.

  • Andrew is not a planner by any stretch of the imagination
  • International takes a few tries before you get a system that works for you
  • example: Next time we go to Europe, I want to try taking a flight at 8 or 9p – so we get to our hotel around 8 0r 9p and can just go right to bed.
  • Not all airlines are created equal
  • I remember a lot of my Spanish from high school – which both helps and hinders my picking up Italian
  • I have a pretty good sense of direction
  • Andrew has the best and most enthusiastic appreciation for little things in life
  • I wish L.A. had more of a pedestrian culture
  • If it weren’t for my camera equipment, we could get by with one carryon and one big checked bag
  • Italy doesn’t much care for American restaurant chains. Except for McDonald’s.
  • You can’t rush your hotel/B&B manager – especially before his coffee
  • Waiters will double check that you mean it if you order coffee with your meal.
  • Rick Steves speaks the truth when he says drive around Rome – not through it.
  • If I am ever again caught in a rain storm, next to Circus Maximus, without an umbrella, there isn’t anyone I’d rather be with than Andrew
  • It is possible to get on and off a train without having to produce your ticket, but I wouldn’t want to risk it
  • Italians like to smoke and ignore non-smoking signs
  • Not all restaurants offer to-go containers
  • Someday I would like to take longer vacations so I can plan in sleeping and relaxing time
  • Just assume there will not be an elevator, only stairs
  • 463 steps is a lot

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  • Maggie October 23, 2009, 8:37 am

    Amy, you should check out Mighty Girl: http://www.mightygirl.net/tag/maggie/

    She does these posts about packing light when she travels and details every item of clothing that she brings with her and describes their versatility. Very inspiring for if I ever travel anywhere again, which is unlikely.

  • andrew October 23, 2009, 10:29 am

    Can’t wait for our next trip. Hopefully Mexico sometime this year, and definitely San Francisco at the end of the year. and when we buy a house, let’s get one with 464 stairs. We’ll have the best view that way

  • Julie Schubert October 23, 2009, 11:09 am

    Hey, great idea about taking the 8 or 9 pm flight. I loved hearing the stories about your trip, the b&b couple, the stairs, the bone museum (I forget what it’s called) the trip to the farm, etc.. I am looking forward to getting together with you two and hearing more.

  • Nancy October 23, 2009, 12:36 pm

    Maggie, Thanks for the tip on mighty girl. I’ve been traveling for 35 years and still am a terrible packer.

    Andrew, you’re so cute. Someday will you travel with us?

    I say AMEN to the longer vacations…when does that happen?

    LOVE the picture! Color and lighting is very cool.

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