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Report 1043: Luggage, Lattes and Lunacy

By Palma from California, Spring 2006

Trip Description: May 18-June 4, 2006 Three women share a friend's home in the mountains of northern Tuscany

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Tuscany

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Family/Friends; Day Tours; Foodie Trip; Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people

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Page 1 of 17: May 18-19: Palm Springs to London

photo by Brad

125 lbs. (The luggage...NOT ME!)

Id been packed for days, but was up and ready to go at 5:30 a.m. on another Italian adventure. This was my first trip to Italy without my husband Brad, so with a tear or two, we said good-bye as he left for work, and I packed a snack for my 1:30 AA flight from Palm Springs to DFW, DFW to London. I had a taxi scheduled for 11:30, re-checked the baggage allowances on American and BA, and read a book until 10:45. I decided to check my flight on-line, when much to my horror, my flight number was not listed! I called AA, went through countless cues to get a live person, and was told the flight had been cancelled, but I was now on flight 1045 leaving at 12:14! It was 11, and I was 30 minutes from the airport, with no time to wait for a taxi! I called two neighbors, and hit gold on the second phone call. Bob was at my house in five minutes, throwing my two heavy bags in the back of his SUV and we were taking shortcuts to avoid traffic to the airport! We arrived at 11:35, got my bags on the flight that was boarding, I ran to the gate and called my husband to tell him I was on a plane. Thanks AA, for letting me know about the flight change! Why do we give you our phone number and email address? The flight actually took off early at 12:04.

It was a good flight to Dallas, and I actually beaded two necklaces from beads I brought in my carry-on bag. In Dallas, I had time to change terminals, grab a Starbucks and read a little before boarding my flight to London. After a year of commuting from the desert to San Francisco, I learned to sleep on airplanes at the click of a seatbelt. This flight was the exception. Every time I conked out, a very rude Indian couple behind me would begin speaking very loudly in their native tongue, and kick my seat with their feet! This happened at least five times in the first half of the flight. I decided to help things along with a little wine. Two glasses later, I was sleepy and relaxed, and managed to get a 45- minute nap. The sleepier I got, the louder they talked. My good-looking flight attendant started bringing me free wine from first class. He had asked them several times to be quiet. I finally gave up and watched the little airplane symbol get closer and closer to the UK. I landed at 9:50 a.m. and was checked into my room at the Gatwick Sofitel by 11. I took a shower and had a coffee, determined to stay awake until after dinner to get on Europe time. I finished my two necklaces with clasps, finished the book I started in Palm Springs, and had more coffee in the bar until 5:30 when the restaurant opened. I had pasta and a glass of Pinot Grigio, and was asleep by 6:30 p.m.

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