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BUONGIORNO, MIO AMICO!
Our family recently returned from our first trip across the big pond to Italy and an Adriatic cruise with stops in Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece. We love to travel as a family and try to visit a foreign country at least every other year. Lately, we’ve been visiting Latin America, with visits to Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.
We never rented a car and instead relied on public transportation to move around the country. (Oh, why can we not have amazing public transportation in the States?) With so many moving parts to our trip, I was amazed that all of the pieces fell so neatly into place. In fact, other than upgrading our airline seats for the long overnight flight overseas, there is not a single thing I would have wanted to change about our trip.
Our daughter graduated from high school this year (wow, I feel old!), and we decided to kick things up a notch for our next vacation. Jill wanted to visit Italy, and so, 18 months ago, we started planning our next adventure to Europe.
I experience a similar sense of immense satisfaction when a family succession plan (i.e. estate plan) I have drafted and implemented for a family comes to fruition and actually works the way that it should to save the family time, money, and headaches after the death of a loved one. But I digress …
Starting from scratch to plan our trip was daunting but very exciting. Jill wanted to visit Florence and Venice, so we knew those had to be on the agenda. As independent travelers (we are not group-tour people), we wanted to plan our entire trip. Through many discussions, much research, and a bit of “what have we got to lose” attitude, we settled on the following itinerary:
It was bittersweet returning home again, but frankly, I had to do so, so I would stop spending money, eating, and drinking vino! Oh, the shopping, the food, and the wine! (Forgive me, I’m getting a little wistful.)
Although somewhat sad, our amazing journey came to an end, I was also excited to return home. I love the life my husband and I have built for ourselves. I’m also excited about My Pink Lawyer® and cool new happenings on the horizon. I love our clients. I love my family.
• Four days in Florence, renting an apartment close to the Duomo
• Seven-day cruise, round trip out of Venice in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
Remember, we are here for your family at My Pink Lawyer® to help you plan well, which in turn, helps your loved ones to live well.
• Three days in Venice, renting an apartment on a canal (pretty much any place you stay in Venice will give you a view of a canal)
Until next time, ciao!
- Kristen Marks
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