I try to return Home To Italy every year. With our employment situation in the USA today it has become more difficult each year. But my sister reminds me "I could be dead next year" so I find a way to continue my yearly adventure in Italy.
This year I found a 1/2 price sale on the only ship going east from NYC and arrived in Great Britian 7 days later. A separate post will share with you how a "back packing train rider fits in on a luxury cruise ship".
I had not be to London in many years and thought it would be a good begining to my Italian adventure.
Fast forward to arriving by plane in Florence Italy. I had no idea the air port was so close to the city.
Within 1/2 an hour i was back in the city where all my adventures started more than 30 years ago.
Yes Florence is still a tourist destination and very busy but it is also a medival city if there are no cars. The buildings are old palazzos converted for current uses. But I am always amazed at the intense blue of the sky as I peer up between the grey stone canyons.
You come alive when you live in Italy.