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Report 1239: Leonardo, Leonardo, Leonardo (Or the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful)

By colleenk from Cambridge, MA, Spring 2005

Trip Description: A Quick Trip to London and Paris, followed by Slow Travel in Italy, a week in Florence and a couple of days in Rome, with my sister and daughter during April, 2005.

Destinations: Countries - France, Italy, United Kingdom; Regions/Cities - Paris, Emilia-Romagna, Florence, Rome, London

Categories: Family/Friends; Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Attended GTG; Day Tours; Foodie Trip; Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adult Children w/ Parents

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Page 1 of 12: Introduction

photo by Kathleen Hennessy

Florence in Bloom

Introduction: My daughter Kate had the good fortune to spend the second semester of her junior year in college in London. Thus I had an iron clad excuse to take another trip across the pond to visit her. After all, what kind of mother would I be if I didn’t visit my daughter in a “foreign land” to assuage any homesickness?

I once again invited my sister (my favorite travel companion after my husband - see trip report #280, 10 Days in Barcelona, Granada and Seville, under Web Resources) to join me for an all girls’ trip, since my husband couldn’t make this trip due to previous work and windsurfing conflicts. My sister Kathleen hadn’t been to Paris for 20 years so she lobbied for a stop in Paris. That was OK by me since my husband’s brother, wife and adorable 2-year-old nephew live in Montmartre and any excuse to see them is a real treat, not to mention a free place to stay. And of course, if we were that close to my beloved Italy then I just had to show my sister, daughter, and her friend Laura what I had loved most about Florence during my stay there last April as a language student (see trip report #679, A Student in Florence, under Web Resources), didn’t I?

We had to work backwards from the time Kate would be leaving London, so settled on the end of April and kept our fingers crossed for good weather. The last trip I took to Italy with my sister and my family was in 2000 to the big three of Rome, Florence and Venice. The theme of that trip was Giuseppe because in every town or piazza we went to throughout the whole trip, Kathleen was always on the lookout for a Giuseppe. She just wanted to meet an Italian man that was named Giuseppe. Don’t ask, that’s what she had in mind and it was a running theme the whole trip, asking every waiter’s name etc. Happily, at the end of our trip in Venice she finally heard someone call out “Ciao Giuseppe” in greeting to a friend across a piazza. Mission accomplished!

The theme of our April 2005 sojourn to Italy would be Leonardo, as you will see when we reach Florence.

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