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2019-PLEASE NOTE: Since Google has stopped Open ID comments, I've been receiving Anonymous comments that don't SEEM like spam. If you DO comment on a post, please don't be disappointed if I don't post it. When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!

P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).

I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.

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November 20, 2017

And we’re off!!!

We left Chris’s apartment right around seven this morning to catch the Amtrak to Newark international airport where we’ll be arriving in about half an hour. Then we wait about FIVE hours for our flight to Venice via Paris (the airport I swore I would never fly into again). If every thing is on time, we’ll leave Paris about an hour and a half later on the flight to Venice arriving there about 5:15 a.m. our time (11:15 a.m. their time).

And already two pictures!  This first one was taken outside the Amtrak station in Alexandria and is the George Washington National Masonic Memorial. A beautiful building in a beautiful setting on a beautiful morning :)

and once we got on the train Chris took a "selfie" and, as usual, I was okay with the outcome.  The only time I'm okay with a photo of me is when I'm with all or at least one of my children.

I had to wait to get these photos uploaded until we got to the Newark airport where we are now sitting (having finally had something to eat) and will be boarding in about 2 hours.

Stay tuned...

And P.S. - this post has been thoroughly vetted and ok'd by my son, Chris. (tee hehe)

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