We made it to Italy and Greece

With all the waiting we made into Italy via Canada and it was surprisingly easy. We brought our tests to the airport in Reno and no one asked for anything else till we got to Italy. The flights we packed as normal and all we did is show the papers that said we have gotten the shots and off we went.

Off to our favorite place in Italy we went, after a year of not being there the waiters remembered us and were so happy to see us. The tension we felt in the upcoming weeks and during the flight took a day or two to go away. We spent a lot time at the restaurant they would hold our table for us,I had asked for green olives one night and they didn’t have any. The waiter when and got some from the store for me. Dawn couldn’t pick off the menu what she wanted for desert so they loaded everything on a tray and brought it out to us to pick.

After the days of walking around and seeing so many tents offering Covid tests or free shots we were feeling like we could come back for a longer stay. Hint…Hint…

Now off to Athens Greece.

From the time we got to Italy to the time we left the rules changed to get into Greece all we needed as Americans was our vac cards so that was a lot off our minds. I did get transportation from the airport to the B&B we were staying at ( I would have never found it ). Once we got our bearing on where in town we were it was easy to find our ways around.

View from our B&B

Now after being in Italy for a week I forgot how my cheaper Athens is when it comes to food and drinks. The one thing bad is there are so many Americans in Athens compared to Rome and so many of us just ruin it for everyone. We did find a nice place’s to plant out butts and people watch and since we were only here once before we did so much walking.

Πεζοδρομος Θησειου hanging with Dimitris Mavraganis

The photo above is the waiter that was serving us the last 3 days he was so friendly and so helpful picking wine. I would like to thank him again for making it a wonderful trip.

As for the trip home that will come in another post…

So tomorrow starts a trip…

Last day of work before a trip overseas, I have been waiting 2 years for this after going a least once a year before the Covid. We are hoping to get to Italy and Greece but with restrictions changing by the min I am so scared we will get stuck at some border. We have a stop in Canada and that is going to be a first, let’s see how it go’s.

Italy vacation dead (Puerto vallarta)

So with the virus that is ragging the planet our plans for a family vacation in Italy soon went to hell. So with that said avoid Orvago when booking any travel. At the last moment we decided that Mexico was a good option since everyone had the days off all ready.

Sierra mountains

The trip started of with a trip from Reno to San Fran via RT80 and a 7200 foot mountain rage and snow. It was slow going but we made it and had a overnight in San Fran so no rush,We were taking the kids back to Puerto Vallarta since they were 16 for the boys and 13 for my daughter. It’s a big difference taking them back 17 years later, the town has grown and so have the kids.

17 years ago
2020

This time we stayed at a “resort” the locals used to get away from time to time. It seemed they were renovating when we got there and the rooms ( 2 bedroom flats ) we real close to the pool and ocean but last on the list to be updated. They only had AC in the bedrooms and the power outlets were hanging out of the wall in some place’s. They had 2 pools one a little colder then the other and lots of kids playing in both.

Donta Pool

We did get to meet some new friends.

All in all it was nice to get out of town for a while and I had a lot of people worried about us getting back into the US, there were no people at the airports and the plane was not full coming back. When I saw what was going on here I was wondering why I left Mexico.

Supermarket in Mexico
Party time
The view

And again American Airlines screwed us

Set up a small trip to Phoenix for Sandy’s birthday and the new years holiday and our American Airlines flight was delayed by 20 mins. No big deal it’s only a few mins, not long after the delay turned into “sorry your flight is not leaving till tomorrow”. When I called and explained where I needed to be and when ( Tucson by 11 ) They said the best they could do was 6PM on Saturday. That was not going to work. And this is not the first time American Air has screwed up my flights.

I found out from Tanner if it was not an act of GOD American could have made arrangements on another airline for us to get to our destination by FAA rule. I didn’t know this and had already canceled the original flights to and from. The rep from American never told me this, so I called them back. The “supervisor” said because she didn’t hear the conversation she could not help, she did acknowledge that was the rule but could do nothing.

Just to make a long story short avoid American Airlines due to incompetence in my opinion and let’s drive them into the ground for bad leadership.

That time of the year again

So for the next few month’s, I will be traveling quite a bit. We have the Tuscany region first and I will be doing some driving for the first time in Italy. I have driven in the UK, Scotland, and Ireland ( to the left to the left to the left..left..left ). So it should not be a problem, the rest of the crew we are going with says I should get an International license. When I asked about it at the rental company about having one in Ireland he just giggled and sent us on my way.

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BTW if you go a barber in Ireland make sure they speak English if you ask for a “trim” of your beard. What was I talking about…

The next trip will be to Florida in February ( Dinsey world ) I so wish it wasn’t in Florida ( read previous blogs about Florida ).

And then in March back to Roma with my sister in law and son and girlfriend, it will be the sons and the girlfriend to Italy. Not sure if I posted about the last time my sister in law took a trip to Italy with us ( long story with crying ). My son is so excited about going he has been asking about everything we can go see.

I would like to post the photos and story’s of the trip’s here and not on Facebook, let’s see how that goes…