Posted By admin on July 31, 2012
Our first trip as a married couple back in 2001 – which was, incidentally, just over a week after the 911 debacle – was to Italy. This had been a dream of mine for a long time – to visit the romantic canals of Venice, and to walk up and down the streets or strada of Rome. And it was just as exciting and amazing as I’d dreamed. Actually, it was even more amazing because our mental picture of a place from TV or other sources never fails to fall short of reality. That might seem like an obvious statement, but the contrast between what we expect a place to be like and what it actually is like can really be startling. And it certainly was startling seeing Rome, and Venice in person.
It was in many ways, as close to a perfect honeymoon vacation as we could have hoped for. Maybe the only thing I could complain about the whole trip was that it was too short. We were on a tight one week itinerary that took us on a whirlwind tour of three of Italy’s most famous cities – Rome, Florence and Venice. That meant that, including travel time, we really only had one solid day per city to walk around and explore. From the time that we arose from our sleep in our amazing boutique hotel in each city to the time that we fell asleep in the same bed, we had to carefully plan what we would and would not see. That meant that we had to forgo seeing the Colosseum in Rome for example.
But aside from that (and my husband getting sick for the best parts of Venice later on into the trip), it turned out to be a vacation that we’ll always remember as the perfect “inauguration” of our married life together.