a mothers and daughters' trip to remember

Surreal sums up a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip that me, a longtime close friend, and one daughter each, embarked on in the early summer days to France and Italy. A total of 18 travel days to Paris, Nice, Florence and Rome. None of us could have asked for better travel companions outside of family. Robin was our fashion and shopping guide, while Anne Lois and I translated menus and maps. We all pushed through language barriers together. I’d do it all over again (but would pack even lighter)- and now dream that there will be a next time.

A few highlights: a shopping day in the Marais in Paris with an airbnb hired stylist, top of Eiffel Tower sunset with champagne, a return to our Travel School Project apartment in Nice, taking Robin grocery shopping with a rolling cart in Nice, eating Indian food in France, Elizabeth and Anne Lois getting sunburned on the pebbled mediterranean beach, a train ride to Florence and then pulling rolling suitcases over the cobblestones to our apartment, frequenting Artiganale daily for coffees and G&Ts, eating street sandwiches on the curb with pigeons, waiting to see David, getting car sick on the roads through Tuscany, meeting up with Carla in Rome for guided tours, a group sunset and dinner bike ride through Rome and throwing coins over our shoulders into the Trevi fountain!

As a photographer, one can feel naked without a camera. Of course, I packed my “big girl” camera, but quickly realized that I didn’t want to carry it around all day. I had already traveled to our places multiple times before and this time, it was time to just soak up friendship, laughter and adventure. I did overuse my iPhone camera which worked like a champ. We now have beautiful coffee table photo books to recall the trip. A mothers and daughters’ trip to always remember.

Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

The last excursion day of our Mediterranean cruise. We ported in Naples, Italy at daybreak. The sunrise was once again mighty and powerful illuminating Mt. Vesuvius in the distance. The contrast of old world and new world was on display in the radiant light. As we hustled to be ready for the day's adventures, we quickly grabbed drinks and breakfast and headed off the ship to join up with our self-booked bus trip on the Amalfi Coast. We were eager to explore Sorrento, Positano and Pompeii. We had to keep a swift pace and keep our eyes open wide to see all that we had on the agenda. A rushed and memorable day indeed. Within all my images, there is one that best summarizes the day for me. Only on the last sea day, did I get motion sick. On the big, manual shift bus ride.  The curving, narrow, fast speed Italian coast road got the best of me. I created an awesome memory for my family- something to laugh about for a long time. I'll own it. And now I have a photo to best sum up how I really felt that day. Can you find it?