Dreams of Italy

Common Sense for Seniors staff are back from their visit to Sicily and Rome. We had a terrific time and it’s great to feel that we still have some traveling in us. Next time, we’re going to pack more lightly, though. Our suitcases were kind of like our basement, filled with way too much stuff.

We enjoyed fantasizing about what it might be like for a couple of seniors to live over there. We would be living in an apartment, for sure — almost everyone is. Petunias would tumble from the pots on our balcony while bougainvillea vines draped from the trellis overhead. We would live near shops and restaurants; and walk our dog, Matteo, every morning and evening. On Sunday mornings, I  would hang out at the coffee shop with the other old guys while Donna strolls with friends.

Our pad in Marsala?

Our Sicilian pad?

 

Matteo, a Ragusa resident

Matteo, a Ragusa resident

Late Sunday morning, Marsala

Late Sunday morning, Marsala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would take tours and visit fascinating museums, historical sites, and gardens anytime we wanted.

A palazzo garden in Ragusa

A palazzo garden in Ragusa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing the sights in Palermo

Seeing the sights in Palermo

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unfinished temple at Segesta

The unfinished temple at Segesta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not to be, of course. There are just too many drawbacks.

You can get lost

You can get lost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things can get a bit crowded

Things can get a bit crowded

 

Ditto that

Ditto that

The parking a driving situation is not ideal

The parking and driving situation is not ideal

You can wind up near a smoking volcano

You can wind up near a smoking volcano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, moving so far from family and friends, and the culture we’ve known for more than seventy years, is not for us. So it’s back to clearing out that darned basement and figuring out what the best living arrangements might be for the years ahead.

We’ll keep you posted.

 

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One thought on “Dreams of Italy

  1. Dorothy Williams

    Benvenuti a casa! I saw Donna driving along Skyline this evening. Glad you had a good trip and are home safe and sound. Also pleased you are not relocating to Italy. Chao –

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