Traveling is not for wimps

Traveling is not for wimps. This wasn’t a recent revelation, but something that I was reminded of after our fourth transfer on an eight hour train ride to the Adriatic coast of Italy. My teenage daughter Paisley, wilted in the hot, humid July afternoon as I tried to revive her with a caffe’ shakerato, espresso and ice, shaken like a martini.  To travel you must be willing to endure uncomfortable situations, jet-lag, intelligence tests in different languages and still rally to get where you are going.

Travel, it’s what I do best. I am at home in other places, more so than in my own home.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore the home routine for a few weeks or months, but I find myself longing for new places, people and adventure. Travel could be an escape from yourself I suppose, but I actually feel more in touch and alive when I travel. Perhaps it’s the responsibilities that travel allows escaping; those nasty ‘to do’ lists, and the guilt of obligation of being a part of a community. I prefer to be more a spectator than a full fledge participant. Believe me, running for city council will not be a part of my future.

Our address has changed so many times over the years, that a friend got tired of changing it in her book and just put my permanent address as ‘visitor of the planet.’ As I live this truth, I try to see as much of this great big beautiful globe as possible. So why Tuscany? Tuscany, in my opinion, is among one of the most beautiful and magical places on earth. If you have never been, it should be on your bucket list.  My personal twist on Gertrude Stein’s quote best sums up my view, “America is my country, but Tuscany is my home.

So here it is. My first blog…..after much anxiety, research, planning and procrastination, it’s time to launch this site.  I’m calling it Custom Tuscany because I aim to help others make their trips to Tuscany the very best they can possibly be. Whether through my personal planning service or information from my site that may help readers plan their own unforgettable travel experience.

For me the 4th century transport amphora took me from my graduate studies to the Tuscan countryside, in search of Etruscan necropoli, ancient cities, and archeological museums. Along the way I found the incredible beauty of the Tuscan landscape, stunning and serene, a place that connects to your very essence. More importantly I experienced the richness of the the Tuscan culture, traditions, and the generosity and kindness of the Italians. I am forever in debited to many of the locals, Isabella, Agnes, Monica, Federico- and so many others, for taking me in and teaching me so much.

Through my research I have stumbled upon many wonderful food blogs. I hope to make my blog is as easy to access as  fabulous food. The dish in my blog is Tuscan travel, the recipes are varied and delicious, my form of nourishment for the soul. Buon viaggio and boun’appetito!

“I shall be gone and live, or stay and die.”

~William Shakespeare

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