Final preparations begin. I feel very calm, not all like I usually am before a trip. Maybe because I have only myself to attend to. This will be our first journey without the kids. Alex was over for dinner last evening and getting a touch melancholy about her semester in Italy. We will miss them AND it is time for a adventure on our own.
Nature is all-powerful in Italy,
and who is it that would not prefer the sins of her exuberance
to the crimes of art?
quoted by Lady Blessington,
Conversations with Byron, 1832
I plan to get my fill of both!