So I wrote a post with details about this trip to Italy and it vanished. I rewrote it. Vanished. Found previous one but Blogger wouldn't let me publish or save. Ergh! It wouldn't let me save the title to draft, but rather went ahead and posted it. I feel silly.
So here's the short version. Paul and I will be married 25 years in December, and want to celebrate with a big trip. My heart's desire was France or Italy; his was a Caribbean cruise, France, or Italy. The more I gleaned from people who'd experienced it, either country would be a fine choice. However, the one with the "edge" in the 'competition" was Italy (friendlier, more relaxing) and I guess the clincher for me is the food. I love Italian food. And we would both love to see Rome.
December is not a great month for traveling (low temps, high stress) so we plan to go in mid-August when we have coverage for Joel. We decided to go now while we're still young enough to get around on our own legs with the (fairly) good knees that God gave us, not put it off till we have "everything just so" because that time never comes. We have no debt and Paul has a good bit of vacation time allotted to him. The new school that Joel will probably be attending is costing only 1/4 of the other alternatives, so that's not a sweaty deal to us.
It's a blessing to have the freedom to travel at this time in our lives, and we are jumping at the chance.
I'm so excited! This will be an answer to many years of prayer for a trip overseas to put the Rome in Romance for our marriage! Not that it takes a trip to do that, but it sure doesn't hurt!