Packing up our Italian adventure

All good things must come to an end.

But Italy?

I’m not ready to say goodbye.

This is a picture of our favorite gelato shop, Gelateria dei Niri. (pic by PJ) We visited last  night (and for that matter, most nights). I had a cone with  caramel and stracchiatella which is like a vanilla with chocolate flakes. Usually I have chocolate which tastes like dark chocolate icing. An intense rich flavor. Simply amazing. Florence is famous for its gelato. We tried out all of the favorite shops, but dei Niri, spoons down, is our number one choice.

But gelato is only one reason I hate to leave.

Today we’re cleaning our apartment and packing up. We have to be at the airport around 5 in the morning <ugh> so tonight we’re staying in a hotel close by.

The light at the end of the tunnel–we’ll be eating pofertjes and pannakoeken for breakfast in Amsterdam (Schipol airport).

We took our last trip to the Market Centrale this morning, drank cappuccino and said good-bye to our favorite Barista, a warm friendly man who greeted us everyday with a wide smile. We tipped him. He gave us an exquisite chocolate. It was emotional.

Then we bought bananas from our favorite fresh produce vendor, a serious, don’t mess with me kinda woman. She gave us a knowing smile and a nod. We are only two of millions of tourists and yet everyone makes us feel cared about.

We ran into one of the young chefs from the cooking school where we took courses. He left his group for a moment to bid us a warm farewell. He told us to enjoy our last day.

Don’t get me wrong. I miss home. I’m looking forward to seeing friends and family, and getting back to my manuscripts and 50 metre pool. But still. It’s not easy to leave.

Italy embraces you.

Guess I just have to come back. <sigh>

Note: top picture from du spaghi website

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

6 thoughts on “Packing up our Italian adventure”

  1. Sorry to see you leave too! I’ve kept up with all your adventures with envy and admiration for all you enjoyed! This is something you will always have etched in your mind! I’m so happy you blogged about it to us. I feel like I was with you!


    1. Diane
      Thanks so much for your kind words. Being in Italy was so exciting I had to write about it. The fact that some people liked reading what I wrote made it even better.
      Best Wishes


  2. Gosh, Jo-Ann, I feel like I’ve been reading a Mary Stewart or Phyllis Whitney novel about the heroine’s adventurres in Italy. Thanks so much for sharing. I wish you safe journey’s home


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