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.
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.