I headed for my farewell run to say goodbye to the city, for now. A few final pics of the area we came to know and love so well.
|This shows our #9 train heading off.|
The farewell shots of our apartment...
|Gia hard at work on her letters|
|Lily looking wistfully out the window.|
|Caden drawing the plane.|
The backseat - Caden fell first, Gia enjoyed hearing her favorite songs and singing along before tipping over, and Lily hung in with the air guitar before falling over the other way :)
They slept the entire way to South Bend and woke in their own beds the next morning right on schedule.
In closing, spending 6 weeks together in Italy has been such a blessing. We loved every minute of the journey! Around the dinner table when sharing our favorites it really came down to just having the time to be together walking, exploring, swimming, boating, playing games, and experiencing a different way of life that not only encourages but demands a healthier lifestyle for the people and the environment with the the emphasis and support for biking and walking everywhere, fresh wholesome foods available at outdoor markets at every turn, and the emphasis on being responsible to do good for the environment too with 5 different trash receptacles for sorting your trash, the smaller cars, and the wonderful public transport. Hopefully these will become habits for us now that we are home.
And while Italy certainly has made its mark on us, I know Italy will never be the same either. I mean come on. How many 4 year olds can pull this off?!?
Ciao per ora bella Italia = Goodbye for now beautiful Italy!