V’s favorite places – Florence and Rome. Although, with all the confusion with our luggage, we were left with just one day in Rome. We drove from Sienna to Florence and then from Florence to Rome.
After our reunion in Spain, V, myself and Myra headed to Italy!!! We started off by landing in Florence and drove to Sienna. It started on a wrong foot though – we flew Veuling airline from Malaga to Florence, with a stop over in Barcelona. Along the way somewhere the airline decided to leave all the luggage, yes, ALL. Of each and every passenger – BEHIND.
So we arrived in cold, rainy Florence with hardly anything on us except some food for Myra and the clothes on our back. Stuck with no luggage, no stroller, nothing for Myra. I was in tears and resolved from then on to up my skills at packing!!
Our vacation days consisted of us being on the phone often with the staff of Veuling following up about our stuff.. wrote a lengthy complain on Facebook and after five days, and basically having ruined all our plans, we finally received our stuff. This meant that we had to hang around in Sienna till we got our stuff, hence reducing our days in Florence and no time left except an evening for Rome.
We made the best of it though. Carrying Myra in the carrier and some basic shopping at a near by store, we braved it all still!
We drove around Tuscany and walked the narrow gorgeous streets of small and big Italian towns and cities. My fav was Sienna and whatever lil we saw of Rome.
This is Tuscany region and Sienna.
We rented a house in Marbella for three days. Our days consisted of basically hanging out, cooking and barbecuing together some very delicious meals and making some very potent sangrias. We played games, danced to loud music, followed Myra around the gardens as she went around picking everything in sight and wanting to put it in her mouth (I truly hated that phase, I have to confess).
We had a pool and a lovely jacuzzi to lay in.. The place where the house is, is so fab that it feels like you are in a hollywood location or something! It overlooks other gorgeous houses and the sea! Ah, those blissful days…
This trip was fantastic. Some of us couple friends and Myra (the only baby) on this trip extended our reunion to a trip to Spain to spend some quality time together. We are all very close friends, and while not all close friends could make it to this trip, those of us who did – had the best time ever. This group – we had all moved to Dubai together 5 years back after INSEAD. Mostly in consulting, these guys all bonded on more than just that. V and I were the only couple to start with and I rem days of going out when I would play the ‘wing woman’ to them. 5 yrs down the line, we had all been part of so many weddings.. spent beautiful years together in Dubai. Since then, most of us moved on to live now in diff parts of the world. So this reunion was all of us coming together from – US, India and Dubai!
V and M – dancing on the streets of Ronda.