March 31, 2009

Salami, salami, Bologna

Italy...here I come!

I booked my flight...I'm going to Italy May 9th!

I've been researching flights since I came home from San Francisco. The closest international airport is Portland, a 3 hour drive from our house.  The first flight I checked from Portland to Florence was $1400.  Ouch.  Then I started researching how much it would cost to fly out of Seattle (Sue) and San Francisco (Teresa).  $587.  Yep. Quite a difference.  My next step was trying to coordinate a 3 hour drive to the Portland airport to catch a flight to either San Francisco or Seattle to take advantage of the cheaper airfare.  Lots of schedules to coordinate. Yesterday, on a whim, I typed in the code for our little podunk airport in Central Oregon and found the cheapest flight yet. Crazy. Technically, I'm flying into the Bologna airport instead of Florence.  

Google maps

But we wanted to see a bit of the Italian countryside....

I'm dubbing my friends Sue & Teresa my traveling buddies. 


In the last two years, we've been on a cruise to Mexico, and a trip to San Francisco together...and now I'm meeting them in Italy. Their sister is the Consul General in Florence and is welcoming us to her home for our stay. 

I am so lucky!

Sue & Teresa have traveled all over the world...and Teresa speaks fluent Italian.  I couldn't ask for better travel companions (for my very first trip abroad), or better friends.

31 comments:

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Bellisimo! I'm so excited...you'd think I was coming along-(it may very well be the Pinot Grigio!) Woohoo...

Dave King said...

Bon voyage!

Fog and Thistle said...

Ooooh....I'm about eight shades of green right now.
Bologna is a really short train ride to Florence (if memory serves maybe about an hour?) Smart way to go to keep prices low. I'm so jealous. I'm so jealous. I'm so jealous.

Catherine said...

Good for you. I know you`ll have a great time.

reyjr said...

Italy is a wonderful wonderful country! I want to go back. Please take me in your luggage. lol.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so excited for you......
As well as the countryside the FOOD is divine----need I ever mention that?
In Florence try Acqua al Due - near the Bargello
and ice bream at Vivoli's
and everything really.
May is a blissful moth there - along with the other eleven.
You must make a very detailed recored....

Lisa B. said...

How very exciting for you! I love to plan great adventures:)

A Cuban In London said...

You are very lucky indeed. My wife has been to Bologna twice on two art residencies and she loved it. Have a nice trip, bella ;-)!

Greetings from London.

littlebyrd said...

Yay! I am thrilled for you!! Boy are you going to have a great time with your girls. Congrats!

Golden West said...

This is really shaping up to be an epic trip! I love how all the pieces are falling together for you - wonderful!

Sweet Repose said...

I'll be with you in spirit...and don't forget to count me in on the spirits...have a wonderful trip...you lucky stiff!!!

LynnW said...

Have you seen the film 'The Enchanted April'? Well, yours will be The Enchanted May.

Fabulous!

boylerpf said...

How lucky can you get? It sounds like a fantastic trip and even better staying in a home instead of a hotel! I'm doing a dance for you!!

Helen said...

Doing the happy dance for you and traveling buddies ... I suspect wherever you go, you will leave happiness and laughter in your wake. Travel safe ...........

Victoria said...

Until the day I can go myself, I will enjoy living vicariously through you and your friends wonderful adventures!

picciolo said...

sounds like it will be a wonderful trip! Florence is beautiful.
: )

shiborigirl said...

Ciao Bella! Have a wonderful time, and flirt with some smokin' waiters for me, OK?

I wish I could go back and spend a whole month, just in Florence. Such a beautiful city!

Yes, you ARE lucky. :)

Kate

Christie said...

Like I've said before you're a lucky girl! Have a great time!

LindaCCC said...

Wow! This sounds like a really fun trip. I can't wait to see your pictures and hear your stories.

Hey Harriet said...

OMG! You are so lucky to be going to Italy! I'm hugely jealous. But also very excited for you :D

Oh the glorious fooooood!!!!!!!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Wonderful! The weather will be perfect in May. Many happy adventures to you and your friends!

fly tie said...

oh woooooow! go you!

i admire your adventurousness. :-D

i'd been wanting to take a solo road trip to a particular place and had been second guessing the idea. but dangit you've given me that push. i'm going!!

willow said...

You three are going to have the BEST time! I am thrilled for you! :D

Cicada Studio said...

You will have an amazing time, and no doubt, the travel-abroad-bug will bite you good and hard!

Carla said...

Springtime in Italy!! Yes, you are very lucky!!! And I think you have great traveling companions/friends. You will LOVE experiencing another culture. This could be the first of many foreign adventures!
Ciao!

shopping monkey said...

Drooling with envy! You'll have so much fun. By the way, Bologna is a very interesting city with a lovely arcaded downtown/university walking area -- and the food is really good. Check it out if you have a bit more time than just merely passing through. Buon viaggio!

Coccinella said...

How exciting!! You'll luuuuv Italy; I can't wait for my second trip next year. We made a friend (one of many) who lives in Bologna and talk to him regularly on Skype. Have fun! LBx

Robynn's Ravings said...

You lucky dog you....wow!! How FUN!!!!!!!!! :)

M.Kate said...

WOW..ITALY!!! You lucky gal, now that's one place I wish to go too! Cant wait for you to blog about it :D

Donna Pizzi said...

Mamma Mia... Italia...Spero che il tuo viaggio vada (subjunctive) bene!!!

Vorrei andare con te!!!

Pensiamo agli cittadini d'Abruzzo
senza case doppo questo terremoto orribile..

Ciao, ciao... baci e abbracci
Donna

Nicole R.J. said...

Wow! What a great opportunity - I can't wait to see {lots} of photos!