The time stamp is totally off by the time we left the country. Between the difference in hours from the timezones AND the "fall back" subtract an hour thing, nothing is correct, including my photographs - oops! & yes, this really bothers me because I tend to be a bit obsessive compulsive about these things but it's exhausting just to think of trying to figure it all out (math is not my strong suit) and I suppose it's not THAT important.
I tried to share a fair bit (though I seemed to share less & less as time went on. Truth is, right before seeing the ruins of Pompeii, I think we both were burnt out on all the traveling. The ruins reignited interest but then some happenings in Rome (I'll get into those later) made us decide to stay in the last bit and watch the news instead.
Another thing I didn't mention: how HORRIBLE it is to fly for the first time, for 10 hours, in economy! Thankfully, I had the window seat and we had no mishaps with the flight but why didn't anyone tell me how brutal it could be?!
There are still more photos to post - from Rome, Vatican City, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri - and I've started on the Rome ones but I'm taking a little bit of a break at the moment. I have to look at the ones from the time of TERRIBLE TOURIST GUIDE and I don't want to get myself angry all over again right now. I'll write about that in the upcoming Rome post.
As complain-y as this sounds, the trip truly was an adventure. I never thought I'd get to see such places. So much history built on top of the ruins of more history. So much to see from the houses on the sides of mountains to the many narrow streets that could blend from one city into another. It was amazing.
Thank you to those who followed along with my Twitter in real time. For those who didn't get a chance or didn't feel like clicking over there, here are the posts in chronological order for you to scroll through. Many thanks again to everyone who shared the journey with us in this way!
On the train to Toronto @ VIA Rail - Train to Toronto http://instagram.com/p/gK4ZVoG6ZD/
7:18 AM - 1 Nov 13
tried to catch the sunrise on mom's side of the @via_rail train this morning. http://pic.twitter.com/u8FmP38kgM
8:10 AM - 1 Nov 13
It was nice of them to let us check in so very early! @ The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto http://instagram.com/p/gLLGVVG6Th/
10:00 AM - 1 Nov 13 from Toronto, Ontario
got married. http://pic.twitter.com/nmeWwHQGqe
5:18 PM - 1 Nov 13 from Toronto, Ontario
The sister of the groom surprised us with candy apples of yummyness! http://pic.twitter.com/O3dXYCBFeW
5:56 PM - 1 Nov 13
8:57 PM - 1 Nov 13
went through airport security for the first time in my life. It's like a whole other world on the other side.
Going to Italy tonight!
3:48 PM - 2 Nov 13
There's a place with the name of where I lived for several years in Toronto! #beachTO http://pic.twitter.com/KvAoL6MiBP
3:52 PM - 2 Nov 13
If I lived here still, I'd be home already! http://pic.twitter.com/kx8ffFQWhU
3:53 PM - 2 Nov 13
boarded a plane! http://pic.twitter.com/Is6WSvAqui
7:01 PM - 2 Nov 13
made it to Amsterdam. Got first stamps in passports! http://pic.twitter.com/KtYNNuwIxb
1:52 AM - 3 Nov 13
View from hotel window. In Como. Exhausted from flight but this is gorgeous! http://pic.twitter.com/nPOd7keX17
7:30 AM - 3 Nov 13 from Como, Como
Complimentary chocolates! http://pic.twitter.com/roa06w8ed4
7:39 AM - 3 Nov 13
Thinking of Canada, in Italy. #books http://pic.twitter.com/qpYyUx6Lob
11:48 AM - 3 Nov 13
Dinner was delicious! We appreciated it after a walk through the old streets. http://pic.twitter.com/qZ7wQSMw8z
2:13 PM - 3 Nov 13 from Como, Como
From a dock at Lake Como https://vine.co/v/hjHdZKLtbUu
2:44 PM - 3 Nov 13
Autumn in Italy http://pic.twitter.com/aAcMzFUFkL
3:10 PM - 3 Nov 13
On Lake Como at night https://vine.co/v/hjHY3IYjiLv
3:32 PM - 3 Nov 13
On Lake Como at night http://instagram.com/p/gRByFdm6eS/
3:34 PM - 3 Nov 13
3:08 AM - 4 Nov 13
A bit ago - way up high - what a view! http://instagram.com/p/gSkiYZm6eL/
5:57 AM - 4 Nov 13
took the funicolare and then walked a very steep and bendy way to get this view. http://pic.twitter.com/3RyX820tJi
5:59 AM - 4 Nov 13
Selfie on long walk through Brunate! http://pic.twitter.com/SbeMRhYP0D
6:07 AM - 4 Nov 13
I'm on a boat!
Ok, inside a boat. http://pic.twitter.com/LsrGLAgVva
9:20 AM - 4 Nov 13 from Como, Como
never could have imagined experiencing Autumn in Italy. http://pic.twitter.com/aauV6jjYA6
11:01 AM - 4 Nov 13 from Como, Como
Self serve cigarette machine. I can remember when Canada used to have a version of this when I was a kid! http://pic.twitter.com/7fJvAAvP0S
11:09 AM - 4 Nov 13
One of the best mixed salads I have ever had. http://pic.twitter.com/MhRD4BI0qB
1:52 PM - 4 Nov 13
First time having dessert in Italy. Mine is chocolate pudding! @ Bar Delle Terme http://instagram.com/p/gTfEMLG6Rz/
2:29 PM - 4 Nov 13
developed an appreciation for the cappuccino today. http://pic.twitter.com/Su7q9iyiYX
2:44 PM - 4 Nov 13
This photo shows me walking up through Brunate and to am elevation of nearly 900m. Burned a lot of calories! http://flic.kr/p/hgAJVY
5:08 PM - 4 Nov 13
Leaving Hotel to take leisurely stroll to train station. Bye, Lake Como! http://instagram.com/p/gU2r2dG6Yc/
3:16 AM - 5 Nov 13
loved walking the Old City the first night and going up to the lighthouse for the view. http://pic.twitter.com/tenyNXzh2e
3:19 AM - 5 Nov 13 from Como, Como
Another thing we don't have: dispenser of condoms, lube, pregnancy tests, etc! outside a pharmacy. http://pic.twitter.com/2ASkAq6n2x
3:22 AM - 5 Nov 13
Waiting for train to Venice in Milan. This train station is beautiful! http://instagram.com/p/gVK0mIG6U8/
6:16 AM - 5 Nov 13
Venice has blown my mind. Also, this is our congratulations from the hotel! Lovely! http://pic.twitter.com/2jD2AgvWyC
10:13 AM - 5 Nov 13 from Venice, Venice
Oh you know, just standing about in freaking Venice! @ Piazza San Marco http://instagram.com/p/gVtjNZG6Z9/
11:14 AM - 5 Nov 13
Last night on a bridge in Venice after a walk through a maze of streets. http://flic.kr/p/hiipSv
12:52 AM - 6 Nov 13
Tide coming in today - rising - and it's awesome to see. http://pic.twitter.com/rHpY1lHGAf
4:42 AM - 6 Nov 13 from Venice, Venice
Cappuccino on balcony of our hotel room after a four hour walk through Venice. http://pic.twitter.com/KlBrzWtsAH
7:08 AM - 6 Nov 13
finished a walking tour. High tide is increasing and looks cool. http://instagram.com/p/gX2SqlG6Wx/
7:09 AM - 6 Nov 13
last night: wandering the maze of streets in Venice (photo by husband) http://flic.kr/p/hjeWAe
9:02 AM - 6 Nov 13
wandered past streets with colourful clothelines. http://pic.twitter.com/zrX79xNRZQ
11:00 AM - 6 Nov 13
arrived in Florence this afternoon. Missing Venice but this is quite the view, eh? (from earlier) http://pic.twitter.com/YQfNUbMagi
12:09 PM - 7 Nov 13 from Florence, Florence
Observation: Italy really loves Nutella.
2:46 PM - 7 Nov 13
From up here. http://pic.twitter.com/wrnT1Uo5MO
4:09 AM - 8 Nov 13
feels later than it actually is in the evenings. http://pic.twitter.com/TYVw7comhK
11:36 AM - 8 Nov 13
Aside from multiple daily panic and anxiety attacks, I'm having a good time. It is good to see different places, people and things.
2:07 PM - 8 Nov 13
My dreamscapes now: pedestrian bridges over water, narrow streets & alleys, old cobblestone where people walk & talk in another language.
10:07 PM - 8 Nov 13
MapMyWalk calories burned section was ridiculously wrong because I entered my lbs weight number as kg. Reality check = disappointing.
10:49 PM - 8 Nov 13
Blah, it just started to pour in Florence. https://vine.co/v/hIxag0un03D
3:53 AM - 9 Nov 13
Lots of people have been photographing these cars. http://pic.twitter.com/XRcCHNYA0O
5:19 AM - 9 Nov 13
Leaves and water https://vine.co/v/hI2wQEQz7MP
9:22 AM - 9 Nov 13
First wine tasting at Castello del Trebbio! http://pic.twitter.com/elPmpRWJDf
10:30 AM - 9 Nov 13 from Pontassieve, Florence
Ready to leave Florence. Next: train to Rome.
I'm a long way from home. http://pic.twitter.com/jN0ckEqHaC
4:07 AM - 10 Nov 13
Shelter from some rain in Rome. https://vine.co/v/hTztDmUXAFu
9:53 AM - 10 Nov 13
stumbled upon a monument. https://vine.co/v/hTWmilInWiI
1:04 PM - 10 Nov 13
Last night during a wandering walk in Rome. We're likely to be shown this again on a guided tour. http://instagram.com/p/gjuvKJG6bH/
9:53 PM - 10 Nov 13
The mosquitos of Florence ravaged me. My arms especially. Ow.
1:43 AM - 11 Nov 13
Raining in Rome. Aggressive umbrella sellers flood the block. 3, 4, 5 tell me to buy. I grumble and walk past gripping this blue umbrella.
7:20 AM - 12 Nov 13
From the other day in Rome. http://flic.kr/p/hsS2jV
7:24 AM - 12 Nov 13
From yesterday: chairs were set out in preparation for Papa Francesco who will speak on Wednesday. http://flic.kr/p/hu25Hq
8:15 AM - 12 Nov 13
visited Pompeii today! http://pic.twitter.com/DLzlJCsOId
10:28 AM - 13 Nov 13 from Pompei, Naples
Nighttime view from hotel in Sorrento. Gorgeous! https://vine.co/v/hTUJmwWIx0g
11:59 AM - 13 Nov 13
Today: daytrip to Capri and back to Rome tonight. One more day after that and we go home on Saturday! http://pic.twitter.com/nkxb4geGBk
12:53 AM - 14 Nov 13
Morning view in Sorrento. https://vine.co/v/hTEh9u9B7Xg
12:57 AM - 14 Nov 13
Soon to go to Capri. Beautiful Bay of Naples. https://vine.co/v/hT9JpgmDJDd
3:24 AM - 14 Nov 13
3:29 AM - 14 Nov 13
Water too rough to do the Blue Grotto tour. So disappointed. But Nature says so.
4:32 AM - 14 Nov 13
Sad me. http://pic.twitter.com/I8R4lP3Ma
4:59 AM - 14 Nov 13
After taking a chair lift way up high from Anacapri! http://pic.twitter.com/hPissuFOQF
8:22 AM - 14 Nov 13
noticed protests recent days. Police were gathering in preparation today, helicopters in the air. http://pic.twitter.com/PIY1upYzjf
7:56 AM - 15 Nov 13 from Rome, Rome
Coverage of the protests with police out in riot gear on an Italian news station. They're saying not to go downtown unless it's important.
9:13 AM - 15 Nov 13
Oblivious November tourists wander about with their umbrellas buying magnets & postcards. Protests against unemployment, gov't cuts, etc.
9:17 AM - 15 Nov 13
It's not my country and not my politics but I can sympathize with the peaceful protesters. Times are hard for many everywhere.
9:20 AM - 15 Nov 13
This was interesting to see surrounded by streets, intersections, buildings and stores. Also, cats live there! http://flic.kr/p/hyunNg
9:26 AM - 15 Nov 13
As curious as we are and as unique the vacation photos would be, we thought it best to stay out of trouble so we can go home tomorrow.
9:29 AM - 15 Nov 13
Ride to airport shows us so many places we didn't get to see during our time here. Streets that if we had only made a different turn - sigh!
5:51 AM - 16 Nov 13
The food & beverage team at the Westin Harbour Castle just brought us a lovely last honeymoon surprise! http://pic.twitter.com/88PIv0xZaj
10:23 PM - 16 Nov 13 from Toronto, Ontario
Lovely Lake Ontario. View from our hotel room before we make the final trek home. http://pic.twitter.com/piDeokyp0u
7:13 AM - 17 Nov 13 from Toronto, Ontario
still immensely moved by this man. http://pic.twitter.com/fhRm1AKnsN
10:47 AM - 17 Nov 13
returned home yesterday afternoon after an overnight in Toronto. The flight from Rome to Toronto took just over 9 hours.
4:11 AM - 18 Nov 13
The next morning, we took a train from Toronto to London that was about 3.5 hours (take the long way home?) and then a taxi to St. Thomas.
4:12 AM - 18 Nov 13
Our cats were well taken care of by friends in the building and they were happy to see us. I missed my kitties so much these past 2 weeks!
4:14 AM - 18 Nov 13
caught up on 'The Walking Dead' episodes. Only show we watched every day while we were away was the Rob Ford drama on the news overseas.
4:15 AM - 18 Nov 13
Good to be home with the Lion cat and Miss Kitty Meow. #cats http://pic.twitter.com/pzJ23bY3PF
7:33 AM - 19 Nov 13