What is Autumn like in Tucson? Cool nights & mornings in the 50’s; warm sunny days in the mid 80’s. Perfect, right? Great for golfing, hiking, and generally enjoying outdoors. But if you want color, as in autumn leaves, you would need to go to the mountains, which we have in Arizona. Even then, most turn yellow, which is lovely but still… not much variety.
Travel notes in Autumn Country:
So, find yourself in colorful Autumn Country for bustling cities, lovely villages and charming coastal towns. And of course, great seafood!
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All the coastal cities are romantic & beautiful!
Best food in Europe (yes, France, it’s true! Except for your salmon/trout).
Great Pasta, like you’ve never had.
A hill on every path, museum, cathedral, trail, or tiny town. Lots of walking & stairs required. Take substantial shoes.
Italian - most beautiful language, especially spoken by men in a low, persuasive voice. Many Italians know English but you can get by with a smattering of Spanish & just trying.
Prego means Come on, or Let’s go, or even Next in line.
Grazi is a great word to know and fun to say. So is Ciao.
Another Italian term - Agriturismo. Italy’s version of a B&B, on a working farm or more often, winery. Better yet!
A castle or walled city on every hill. Since they all used to be their own fiefdom, they have somewhat different personalities.
If you drive, a blue P sign indicates public parking in inner cities.
Roads are excellent, even in small towns. Tunnels are abundant, impressive & necessary since the mountains are granite, like our countertops.
Rome, crazy traffic; don’t even attempt to drive; Vespas dive, dart and dribble between traffic even huge tour busses. Same in Milano.
Use a travel or tour group to avoid long lines for great Roman artifacts in amazing Vatican Museum; (Substantial Roman ruins found all over Italy & Europe-Spain, Portugal, France, & Croatia, probably more! )
Serenity of Sistine Chapel is lost if there is a large, boisterous crowd; St. Peter’s Basilica is awesome; The Pieta will take your breath; Trevi Fountain is a work of art, but always crowded. Best studied from a photo.
Florence (Firenze) is a tour de force. Built by the Medici Family who had big bucks for art & whatever they wanted. Made their fortunes from textiles, tapestries & banking. $$
Siena - beautiful, well preserved walled city, rural, getting into wine country. Crazy horse race inside the plaza every year. Visited Chianti, San Gimignano, & Firenze from there.
Fall in love with Cinque Terre! Small towns, no traffic, we were there before cruise ships, so less tourists. We walked all but one leg of the trails between towns. Most are paved & distinct but some are paths between olive groves, slick when it rains. Opportunity to roll right down the mountain into the Mediterranean! Fortunately a train travels between towns and beyond.
Milano - big, busy working city. Driving/parking is a bitch. The Duomo is amazing! (All cities have duomos - cathedrals- but this one is special.) So is the one in Siena. Join a tour to see DiVinci’s Last Supper in Milano since visitors are limited. A-mazing!
"The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat. Tears. Or the sea."
Isak Dinesen, AKA Karen Blitzen
If the words sound familiar, it's because the movie director used the author's words to set up the movie. Such a rare move and credit to the writer. Most times, the movie folks make sweeping changes from the book and rarely use the author's own words as a voice over. Actually, there were some changes to the story, making it more compatible to a movie audience.
We would do well if we could incorporate such interest, empathy and curiosity in our main characters and their stories.
Remember the salt water cure. Sweat. Tears. Or the sea.
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