I already messed up the date on a check...
Sorry Citibank. I'll write you another one. I guess I'm still feeling jet-lag from the holiday trip to Italy. BTW: that country is awesome at Christmas. Even with crappy weather (thunderstorms, high winds, rain, etc.) but we had a blast. The best way to do Italy is by car. We rented a 4-door Smart
car this time - not bad and you can gas it up each time you do an oil change. We stayed outside of Pisa at this 200 year old farm on the top of a hill near San Miniato
. The place was gothic and beautiful with a "one person" staff. She was delightful at first but before we left, she turned into a witch - scolding me for asking for toliet paper and denying us towels, refusing our "bad credit" AMEX card (which we used effortlessly everywhere else in Italy) and demanding we leave the property promptly. Ok, she must have seen my Bush sticker on my luggage or something. So unless you're into humliation and bad service, stay away from Casa Vacanze Bucciano
. The rest of the trip rocked... my favorite small town in Tuscany is San Gimignano
. It (like every place in Italy) resides on the top of a hill. Founded in 200 BC - that's 2,200 years ago - (and you thought that 150 year old cabin
in downtown Dallas was old), it's the most romantic and quaint place to hang and drink Chianti. Next was Rome. We dropped off the Car at the airport and took the Leonardo train into the city where we stayed at the Grand St. Regis Hotel
. A tour of the place, the small vineyard - along with the wine cellar that dated back to the Roman Baths (120 A.D.) and I wanted to stay. Oh well, three flights later (Rome, Zurich, Montreal to Dallas) and we're back home. Happy New Year! :-D
... "Cool! Now is that a car or a cell phone?"