We just returned from a quick trip to Florence to see our Italian friends. 8 of us took an Alaskan cruise together in 2007 and we are still talking about it!
We try and visit each time we come to Italy. They have become dear friends over the years.
Our trip to Florence this year was definitely a quick one! We stayed near the Piazzale Michelangelo at the Hotel Park Palace. It is owned by the Swiss Counsel and has a refined feel to it. We both loved it.
We had drinks and breakfast on the terrace overlooking the pool.
We didn’t want to go into the historic center of Florence this trip. We have done that a number of times. It tends to be packed with tourists this time of year. The temperature there was supposed to hit 86 and it is pretty steamy by the Arno River. Yet another reason to take a pass!
And here comes the ‘in a blink’ part:
We met our friends for lunch in 2015 or so. They were talking about taking another trip to the U.S. About a month later, our friend had a stroke and has very limited mobility on one side. This couple is able to travel some – to see their daughter and can drive to various places. But any thought of BIG travel is pretty much out of the question! So, in a blink some of their retirement travel plans pretty much went by the wayside.
Which brings me to me. The first full day I was here I missed a step and landed on my face. I had a split lip, sprained ankle, and a fractured wrist (my diagnosis), as a result. I was so fortunate, because it could have been so much worse! It could have derailed the trip or, at a minimum, sent me to the Italian medical system for $$$$ care! I have recovered pretty well and am getting around just fine. I do watch my steps very carefully because the pavement in Italy leaves much to be desired from a safety perspective!
So, in a blink things can change and not in a good way! That brings to mind my favorite quotes from my aunts:
Aunt Wilma – ‘you need to live as you go along’ and Aunt Nadine – ‘make hay while the sun shines’.
And my advice, ‘mind your step!’
Good advice on all counts.