May 15, 2008

Arrivederci

To celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, we didn't have a party, we didn't buy cards, we didn't buy presents. Instead we're sending them on vacation to a place my mother has always wanted to see: Italian City of Canals and Gondolas.

Three of their daughters are going along to help make sure the vacation runs smoothly. Urban Sophisticate Sister is an experienced traveler who is good at getting anyone to do what she wants, even when they don't speak her language. Red-haired Sister, who has also traveled quite a bit, always takes care of everyone around her, which makes her an important addition to the trip. And me? My role is to make my father feel gleeful that someone else gets motion sickness worse than he does.

Our adventure begins today, with a trip to the Big City Like No Other area, where we will meet up with Red-haired Sister and Urban Sophisticate before getting on a plane together to fly over the ocean. I'll be taking photos and keeping a journal, and I should have all kinds of stories when I return.

23 comments:

Gawdess said...

bon vogage!!!!
I look forward to seeing this part of the world through your eyes and words!

Nadine said...

Wow! Have a wonderful time!

Silver Creek Mom said...

Can you JEALOUS?
That's what I am.
Can't wait to hear all about it.
have a wonderful time!
Hugs

comebacknikki said...

Awesome! Have a fantastic trip!

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

How wonderful! Have fun!

Nels said...

How fantastic!

jackie said...

My favorite city! Have an amazing time!

joanna said...

Have a dramamine-happy time in the Land of Some of My Ancestors. Will you be blogging from the gondolas?

Sue said...

Have a wonderful time!!

Who is rooming in with you? Do they know they will need to pose nude for your blog?

Songbird said...

Bon voyage!

Yankee, Transferred said...

What a wonderful trip you will have!

Rev Dr Mom said...

What a wonderful anniversary trip! And, gee, the kids get to go, too :)

julieunplugged said...

Fabulous! Photos will be well received! Have a great time.

Lilian said...

ENJOY!! I LOVED that city, LOVED. Make sure you spend time listening to the dueling musicians at the famous plaza in the evening. And get ready to get lost. A lot. That city is a MAZE, a labyrinth, really.

But I love it anyway. It's beautiful, wonderful. I hope you get good weather, bright, sunshiny, blue-skied days. Sunsets are beautiful when viewed from the Vaporetto coming from Lido beach back to the city.

Wonderful... I hope your mom and dad love it and that everyone has fun. It won't be very easy for you to eat there... I eat dairy moderately, so it was OK for me. Well, you can always have only red sauce on your pasta, or vegetables! ;-)

OK, I'm speaking too much, it's just that I love traveling so much, and Italy in particular. Can't wait to hear your impressions!

from away said...

How nice! I hope you all have a wonderful time.

BlackenedBoy said...

Oh, that's so cool!

I can't wait to see everything you did.

Kathryn said...

One of the best places on earth. Have a glorious time there - and congratulations to your parents on their wedding anniversary (and on their much loved daughter too ;-) )

Bardiac said...

I laughed at the thought of your special skill :)

I hope your family has a wonderful trip! (And as little of your special skill as possible!)

Diane said...

Have a good trip! Exciting!

Anjali said...

Sounds incredible. Happy travels!

liz said...

Ooh! Jealous!!! Have a fantastic trip!

landismom said...

Have a lovely time!

RageyOne said...

safe travels!