I'm not rubbing it in, really

The Internet can be a wonderful thing. Fabulously Me helped me locate a hund pension (doggie hotel) and Angela and Jen came through with recommendations. I can board Charlie feeling much more confidant as I make my way to Italy.

For those of you who missed it, I said ITALY! Max and I are off frolic under the Tuscan sun. I have traveled to many parts of the world, but never to this country outside the Milan airport. I’m so excited. I can hardly stand it.

Along with another couple, dear friends from the United States, we’ve rented a villa to use as home base during our sojourn. I know the lovely farmhouse has many amenities, but Internet access isn’t one of them. As a result, I may be out of touch with you for the next week unless I find a convenient place to upload photos and catch you up along the way. If not, I will keep a travel journal and share a few tidbits when I return.

I think this marks the time when living in Europe will become very exciting. The weather is improving; friends are making plans to visit. I’ve already heard from thirteen people asking to visit, and our social calendar is becoming quite full. In addition, Max and I have trips planned every month from May through the end of the year.

May - Rome, Italy
June - Prague,
Sharl El Sheik, Egypt
July - Kalithea, Greece
August – Paris, France
September – Oktoberfest, Munich
October – Raleigh, U.S.
November - Cairo, Egypt
December – somewhere warm in Florida, followed by a cruise to another warm location

But before I get too far ahead of myself, I have beautiful Italy to explore. Forgive me if you don’t hear from me between tomorrow and next Saturday. Know I’ll miss you terribly. ☺


karey m. said...


seriously, have a fab time. will miss your posts, but please send "what i didn't blog about this week."

have i told you how much i love those?

bleeding espresso said...

Geez I'd hate to see how you *do* rub it in ;)

Sounds fabulous!!!!!!!

meno said...

You are too rubbing it in. But i would do the same.

Italy, very cool.

Danie said...

Excellent choices!

Jamy said...

Italy is fantastic...you'll love it!

I assume you'll be coming to see me in Paris in August. :)

Diane Mandy said...

Jamie - I hope to see you BEFORE August. It's only 5 hour drive and an even shorter train ride. As soon as you come, we'll make plans.

Just a trumpet player said...


That's all I have to say.

Shelly said...

I'm so happy your found a spot for Charlie.
Ohhh Italy, I love Italy...the food..oh my heavens...
Have a blast!
And take lots of pictures!!!

Sizzle said...

I bet you can see from waaaaaay over there that I am GREEN with envy. :)

AmyD said...

LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful time - as I know you will - and be sure to bring back your tales so we can live vicariously through you. Also, I might need to pick your brain, since you've been so many places. CL and I are trying to decide where to go on our honeymoon, and I would LOVE to know the best place you've visited... Maybe it will be Italy?? :o) Have fun!

Dan-E said...

miss us? you're in italy with your still-kinda-new hubby. don't even be thinking about us! have fun, enjoy your travels. and take plenty of photos.

(of course, you better post those photos once you get back.)

G in Berlin said...

I envy you deeply... can't wait to see your posts. Have fun!

Dora said...

How come Kalithea? Do you have family there? My kids will be in Athens visiting lots of family in July and August. You guys are sooo lucky, but I can't complain since I used to be sent to Greece for the summer to stay with my two grandmothers when I was younger. Best time of my life! And best memories! Enjoy it all!!

Diane Mandy said...

Dora- My family is from Thessaloniki and Kalithea was the only destination I could get my 80 year old aunt to agree to. :-)

Rositta said...

Independently wealthy are we? I'd rub it in too, trust me. You will have a great time. We're in Greece and Germany in September and October this year and maybe a side trip to Venice...ciao

Sara said...

Exactly how big is your suitcase????? 5'4" would be great, thanks. ;-)

Josie said...

I am beyond jealous. The villa looks delicious.

Have a fantastic time in Italy!!

headbang8 said...

Hey, Diane and Max

If you like, drop us a line when you're in Munich for Oktoberfest. We could go out for a drink or twelve.