The holiday post I would have written…


As I announced a few weeks ago, Stefano and I spent the holiday season visiting my parents on Cape Cod, U.S.A. We had a very nice, quiet visit…My parents are now in their upper 80s but still doing quite well, knock on wood!¬†_1080860

The title of my post should continue “…had I been able to.” In the States, the only computer I had access to was my mother’s old Apple computer. And it was so maddeningly slow that I finally gave up on it. _1080884

So instead of writing a holiday post back in December, I’m going to write one now…now that I’m back in Florence (we landed in Florence yesterday afternoon) and able to access my fabulous, FAST desk computer. Let’s just pretend for a moment that it’s around December 25th. ūüėČ

Let’s see. I wanted to tell the story of our flights to the U.S. and back to Italy.

First, our¬†flight to the U.S.A. on December 23rd.¬†_1080973While¬†Stefano and I were waiting in Frankfurt Airport for our connecting flight to Boston, we heard our names being called. We went up to the gate agent who¬†informed us that we had been upgraded to Business Class because the flight was overbooked and also because of Stefano’s frequent flyer status. Well, knock me over with a feather!

_1090086Flying in Business Class has been on my “bucket list” for a while now. But we haven’t been able to¬†afford it, so I figured I’d never have the opportunity (no big deal, really…I mean, I have more important items on my list!). This upgrade¬†was therefore a completely unexpected and fantastic early Xmas present for me. I got so¬†excited, in fact,¬†that I¬†began doing a little happy dance, right in front of all the other passengers and gate agents. Such a happy moment.¬†_1090072

And there’s more: our plane was one of those double-deckers. Yes, you guessed it:¬†our seats were located upstairs, on the top floor! Another wee item crossed off that bucket thingy! ūüėČ

I was so thrilled¬†that I couldn’t sit still. I examined every item in the holiday goody bag;¬†I checked the settings on the seat (you can lie FLAT if you want to…the seat basically turns into a rather narrow but comfortable bed); I watched three movies; I stretched out, and I drank a glass of champagne…total bliss. Needless to say, we had a wonderful flight–even the food was very good. I felt like a princess…¬†_1090058

so much so that when we reached¬†the check-in desk at Logan Airport in Boston day before yesterday, I asked the agent how much it would cost for us to be upgraded again to Business Class. I figured it would be too much, but it doesn’t cost anything to ask, right?

Her¬†fingers went clickety-clack clackety-click on the computer, and after a few minutes she¬†told us that our return flight was¬†overbooked and we’d been upgraded to Business Class…AGAIN. Unbelievable. I felt like a little kid opening presents on Xmas morning…_1080946

However, I have to confess that I felt badly for the folks marching past us on the plane on their way to their seats in Economy (where I’ve always traveled, of course, and where I will travel again, no question about that!). I mean, I strongly believe that all seats should be comfortable on long flights, not just Business and First Class seats. All seats. _1080904
But…that’s the way things go. The more money you can spend, the more comfortable you will be. When I told my parents about feeling badly about traveling in Business, Dad remarked,¬†“Oh well, then of course you must have gotten up and given your seat to someone else, right?”

(He’s such a clown…)_1080957

Um, no. I didn’t. ¬†The thought didn’t even cross my mind, I admit.

But I did feel a bit¬†guilty for traveling in such luxury…I felt it wasn’t fair…and it isn’t, really.

_1090018Anyway, here are a few of the photos I took while I was on Cape Cod.

Beaches…guests at my parents’ bird feeders…a seagull in the fog in Chatham (Massachusetts)…two very playful dogs running on the beach (they ran¬†up to us and got us a bit wet and sandy…so cute!)…and so on.¬†_1090081If you hover over the photos, you should¬†be able to read my comments on most of them…

I guess that all that remains to be said is: Belated Happy New Year, everyone!!! ūüėÄ I’m off to feed my hungry cats and have dinner now…Ciao!


  1. I love business class! I don’t fly enough anymore to have any frequent flyer points, and I used the ones i did have upgrading to business class…

    Don’t feel bad about it.

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