I'm not sure anyone expects me to keep udating this blog but since we do have another trip on the horizon, I figure, "What the heck!"
Anyway, here's the deal. Originally I'd planned to celebrate my 40th birthday on the Amalfi coast for at least a week (with obligatory stops in Rome at the beginning and end of the trip). Chris also planned to spend his 40th birthday somewhere though he couldn't decide between Venice, Umbria, Tuscany, London....well you get the idea - Chris isn't too decisive in these matters.
However, getting someone to watch the kids in January (now we're talking 2005 for both of us), would be difficult at best since my parents by then have done their winter migration to the warmer parts of Florida and I'm honestly not sure Chris's parents could handle the girls for more than a night or two. Not that the girls are trouble makers mind you but Chris's parents are definitely past the "parental stage."
As we talked, we realized the babysitting factor along with the cost of flying two different places, and the desire to travel alone (i.e., just the two of us) might be prohibitive. When we returned from this last trip, I explained to my Mom (a saint if ever there was one) our dilema and she immediately offered their (her's and my father's - much to his chagrin ;D), babysitting services during the year of 2005. The only catch being, it would have to be in May or September. We're not stupid, we jumped at the offer and decided to combine our two separate trips into one two week vacation (which of course, I'm already spreading out longer), at the beginning of May.
Chris, contrary to past habits, has already decided he would like to rent an apartment in Montalcino for the week of "his birthday" and I'm the one undecided. Originally, I thought Amalfi but now I'm considering other areas in the south. We've briefly talked of Puglia but I want to research that more - Chris is concerned about how long a drive it will be from there to Montalcino.
So that's where we stand - two weeks in May 2005, one week in Montalcino, one week somewhere else in the south with investigations beginning now. Feel free to post any suggestions to www.slowtalk.com :).