Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Italy Day 1

Technically, it's day 2 as it's midnight and I can't sleep. I broke the cardinal rule. I went to sleep too early. I've always done what my friend and travel agent, Mary has told me: "Stay up when you arrive and go to bed at the normal hour."

I just couldn't do it.Yesterday was a total travel day. It was literally, "planes, trains and automobiles." We arrived in Rome at 10 a.m. Our driver picked us up and took us to the hotel where we'll be staying at the end of our trip so we could leave a suitcase in Rome. No sense in hauling what we don't need for the next 10 days.

After the suitcase drop-off, Alessandro took us to the train station which we took to Napoli. Another driver picked us up and drove us the one hour to Sorrento. We checked in to our lovely room at the Grand Hotel De La Ville.
 The room is beautiful. Can you guess what I like best? That would be the tile---no gross carpeting here!
Butch went out to find us the makings of our hotel room picnic---it's one of my favorite things we do when we're traveling. When you're just so tired, there's nothing that hits the spot better than a little picnic. After he left, the first thing I did was take a shower in this nice bathroom. All of the bathroom fixtures and knobs were easy to figure out.

Butch got back with a bottle of wine, cheese, fresh bread and a container of olives. It was perfect. We have the most perfect view from our cute little balcony:
The weather is warm---mid 80's, but not as humid as we're used to, so it's very pleasant.

When dinner was over, it was time to get down to business---checking my blogs. I got an extra pillow out of the closet. It came in this humongous ziplock bag. 
I don't think I ever realized that I have a problem with ziplock bags until my heart skipped a beat when I saw this. Butch says I can't keep it. He says they probably re-use them. I travel with ziplock bags. Is that weird? You never know when you might need one to carry little souvenirs, cookies, rocks, pills, zip drive, etc. ---just whenever I don't want something floating around the bottom of my purse.

I'm not complaining, because we have high speed internet---and it's FREE, but it takes a while for pictures to upload to the blog. Then, they don't always show up 100%. Some are cut off from the upload process to the transfer to the blog. I'm not sure how to fix it. We'll see. I'll try to post pictures as best as I can.

I've started a great book on Monday---The Host by Stephanie Myers---the author that wrote the Twilight Series. I flew through those in less than a month. At the scrapbook retreat a couple weeks ago, a girl there was talking about The Host and how good it was. Imagine my delight when it came across as one of my Kindle deals of the day---that very day---for $1.99. I was going to get it anyway, but was happy for the "deal." Anyway, I'm only 18% "in" to it and it is EXCELLENT! Seriously, really, "I can't put it down" good! 

Now I'm going to get back to my book and try to conserve what little battery power I have left on my computer. Butch couldn't even start his up---deader than a doornail. I didn't offer to let him borrow mine. Is that bad? I just think when it comes to battery life it's every man for himself! We have to find an electrical adaptor tomorrow (oops, today) to charge them up. When I get up in the morning---for the second time, I'll go ahead and let him use my computer. I can't be that selfish.


  1. The Host as in the book you bought for me, I raved about, & everyone made fun of me? Then when the movie came out no one would go see it with me? That book?? Well I'm sorry you paid for it as I could've let you borrow it for free, but I'll spring for the movie on-demand if you'll watch it with me. I still haven't seen it!!

  2. Hope you find an electrical adaptor and your comments about every man for himself when it comes to batteries made me laugh. Have a great time in Italy.

  3. I do enjoy reading about your travels! You've been all over the place this year

  4. you're in Rome...have a super time. Look forward to seeing your photos. I read the host a while back now...and enjoyed it too x

  5. Oh great! I get to visit another lovely place without leaving home. I always feel like I am with you on these trips because your pictures and journaling are just perfect


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