The Beginning of a Bucket List Trip

At the airport awaiting my first leg of this much anticipated trip. My dog, Paisley, is with my son, George and his sweet girlfriend, Grace. The house and kitten, Lloyd, will be watched my my daughter, Natalie. She will also be on call at the office. All the plants are watered and bills paid. Ready to go!

Travel light!
Start with Bubbles
Yummy Brunch

So, I have been to Italy many wonderful times but this week I have the good fortune to go back to Siena, Italy to see the Il Palio horse race! This has been on my Bucket LustList for almost 20 years! WTF, I can’t believe that! BTW it’s Bucket-Lust-List because it’s adventures I want to experience, not because I plan to kick the bucket any time soon.

Flying United San Diego to Houston. Then on to Munich and finally to Florence where my first nephew, Mark Giauque and his lovely wife, Jenny and darling daughters, Harper and Mia will pick me up. We will then drive to Siena, where I have a flat rented through Airbnb.

Il Palio

Travel is joyful. Travel makes me feel alive and grateful. Travel makes me giddy! I love my career because I have the opportunity to make my own hours, to schedule in Travel time in my schedule to basically keep my sanity. It’s life balance for me. I don’t have a boat, a vacation home or a RV. I don’t spend much time at salons or spas, but I love to travel! I love exploring new cultures. I love the adventure, the unknown, the unexpected wonderful moments. I love the cross-cultural experiences. I love that going to India once, led me to a private Global 5500 Bombardier jet to Tokyo and then Dubai, staying in a three bedroom two story suite overlooking the Dubai fountains and in front of the Burj Khalifa and a day later eating Indian dahl made over an open fire, sitting in the dirt. Or going to Turkey with my Mom and ending up watching an Endurance Race in Abu Dhabi for three days and a 11 hour layover in Barcelona. Or meeting friends from Coronado in Munich, all of us coming from different pre-Oktoberfest destinations yet arriving at the designated hotel within minutes of each other. Yes, some people like to go on tours or cruises, and maybe I will too someday, but this week, bring on the adventure and unknown.

The flight from San Diego and then the Munich was uneventful, except for the long flight was cold. presently I am at the Munich airport having an Aperol Spritz and beer tartar. I went through passport control and about a 15 walk to my gate. Asked the gate agent if the flight to Florence was next, she informed me that I was in K terminal and needed to get to G. Good to check. The boarding pass was wrong. It’s a huge, well organized airport but if I waited til the flight was called, I would have been late getting my flight

Extra time in Lisbon

I walked around mostly, trying to keep away from people. I have a lot more to read, so I am enjoying this extra time. I feel badly for putting this burden on my daughter, but she will be fine. She will have her well deserved vacation soon. I had to find out where to buy more contact lenses and toothpaste.

More murals. There is a lot of graffiti in Lisbon, some artistic, some not.
Love the sidewalks
Dinner place yesterday
Stuffed mushrooms
My view at the second hotel. It was actually very cute. A Rick Steves group was here when I was, maybe even Rick Steves or is he dead.
The cute bar with a nice overworked bartender
Breakfast
Third hotel in Lisbon. So cute
The bathroom. So nautical
Window seat
The pink street. Fun by day, danger by night. Can’t wait!

I just took a second Covid test. I will be emailed within two hours to see what is next. The weather is perfect, warm in the sun, cool in the shade. I am very close to a Food Hall that I went to a few days ago. I think I’ll wander over.

Don’t cry for me Coronado…

Just sitting at a cute and busy cafe, enjoying my quarantine. Rose helps. My view is incredible. A very ancient castle in front of me, St George’s. Then at one o’clock, the bay? Or Atlantic, cute gay couple then a few people with tattoos and piercings, having a few beers, on to 4 pm.. guy in a New Zealand shirt having a coffee. Behind me the bistro with a colorful cast of characters, 11 pm the single girls and in front of me a couple whose baby hates the dad.. They are so frustrated and drinking Aperol spritz’s. This is fun! Photos to follow.

To blog or not to Blog

I tested positive! Wtf! I was having a nice lunch and reading and this popped up. Of course my phone was near dead. I finished my wine and ubered to my hotel. I was a pretty much packed already but grabbed everything and booked a different hotel. I couldn’t fathom staying in a room with no open air. Such a problem. Got to the hotel and realized I left my passport in the safe. I was nervous of going back but I had to. I felt like time was of the essence. The front desk that had been empty the past few days was full of people checking in. Would I be put in Covid handcuffs? I got to my room, ordered another Uber with my passport secure. And I ended up with a window that opened, really nice people at the quaint hotel and a concert outside my room. I could swear it was Sir Elton John, so quarantine or not, not that it has been “mandated” by anyone, I went to see! Not Elton but pretty awesome!! Concert in the park with a wine bar! And seats available to sit on!! I truly have good Karma!!