Hello, all! I've been away from the blog a good bit over the past six months. We've made so much progress and wedding plans are coming along nicely. It's just about time, too, with 84 days left and the warm summer breeze starting to turn cooler. Autumn is nigh.
Today I'd like to lay out our honeymoon itinerary - partially for you but also it is helping me to process our plans.
We considered a European river cruise with a pre-made agenda or even working with a travel agent. Before too long we realized we wanted to make this a labor of love (and it truly is so much labor) and blaze our own trail.
You wouldn't believe the preparation that has gone into this schedule. Luke and I are a combined hurricane of details, research, and logistics. Planning is basically a love language of ours. We divvy up the tasks we love or aren't crazy about (they usually fit conveniently like that) and make a concept come to life.
I love researching the absolute best Airbnb for the money, what to do in certain cities, clothes to wear, what to pack, tips, tricks, cultural norms, weather, and how to order coffee like a local. He is equally determined on plane tickets, train fare, budget and exchange rates - gritty, practical things that I find overwhelming. While I am busy making sure our leather shoes are sprayed with a waterproofing seal for Venice, he is confirming train departure times and how long it will take to eat lunch in Florence. I love how we work together like this to pull off something that means so much to us.
- Two Week Italian Honeymoon Adventure -
11.17 Saturday / Wedding / Local bed-and-breakfast, 20m drive
11.18 Sunday / Depart for ATL airport / Overnight redeye flight, hopefully sleep
11.19 Monday / Redeye lands 10a / Rome day 1 / Train from airport to Airbnb / Meander near flat, first local Italian meal out / Stock up on snacks and any necessities / Get to sleep at decent local bedtime to reset
11.20 Tuesday / Rome day 2 / Wake 6a / Coffee, breakfast / 7a - Vatican gardens, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican museums, Vatican post office, Sistine Chapel / Lunch out / Meander in Trastevere late afternoon / Dinner out / Wander back to Basilica after dark, see Rome at night
11.21 Wednesday / Rome day 3 / Note: Pope at Vatican, steer clear of crowds / Wake 6a, leave 6:30a / Coffee, see Rome at sunrise, walk "sunrise" route / 8-10a city session, local photog + cappuccino and cornetto pastry / Lunch out - big meal / Coliseum & Forum tour, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Villa Aldobrandini, any other notable Villas / Last Rome dinner - make it good / Get souvenirs if we haven't already / Last evening here - stroll city at night again / Pack things up
11.22 Thursday - Thanksgiving! / Rome day 4 / Wake 7a / Breakfast in Rome - filling / Train to Florence 10:20a, 1.5h - pack snacks / Tuscany day 1 / Quick bite to eat in Florence / Picked up by Airbnb hosts in Florence 4p, get groceries / Dinner in - groceries / Hot tub reserved tonight / Lounge by fire
11.23 Friday / Tuscany day 2 / Farm produce basket for brunch - on terrace if weather allows / Sleep in, enjoy unwinding in Tuscan countryside, ok to crash from whole wedding experience now / Explore trails around farm, avoid a plan / Dinner in - groceries / Massage booked / Lounge by fire
11.24 Saturday / Tuscany day 3 / Wake around 8a / Farm produce basket for breakfast - on terrace if weather allows / No real plan / Light lunch in - groceries - save room for dinner / Dinner - cooking class booked / Lounge by fire
11.25 Sunday / Tuscany day 4 / Wake around 8a / Farm produce basket for breakfast - on terrace if weather allows / Horseback riding mid-morning / No plan - however - if bored, book hosts' Fiat 500 to take us into Florence for an afternoon + dinner in Florence / Pack things up / Lounge by fire - last evening here / Pack things up
11.26 Monday / Tuscany day 5 / Wake 8a - last produce basket breakfast on terrace / Hosts take us back Florence - 10a train, 3.5h / Venice day 1
11.27 Tuesday / Venice day 2 / Climb bell tower, library, gondola ride, the Florian for coffee and pastries
11.28 Wednesday / Venice day 3 / Half-day morning trip to Murano and Burano / No plan this afternoon - get lost! / Last evening here / Pack things up
11.29 Thursday / Venice day 4 / Breakfast - coffee out / Train to Milan 1:30p, 2.5h / Milan day 1
11.30 Friday / Milan day 2 / Redeye to ATL
12.1 Saturday / Morning arrival in ATL / Pick up Melody's car from park-and-ride / Drive back home to new house / Crash and sleep!
12.2 Sunday / Melody back to work
12.3 Monday / Luke back to work