If you’re reading this today, there’s a good chance that I’m in an airplane. I thought this would be a good time to provide some background about this year’s Italian adventure.
This trip will take us farther off the beaten path than we were in 2013. A little preview might be in order. Here you go.
At the center of this trip is September 29, the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. We plan to be at the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Soglio on September 29 as parishioners celebrate their patronal feast. For me, one week of the vacation is before the feast and one week is after.
I’m flying to Milan via New York; I’ll arrive in Milan early tomorrow morning and welcome Judy, Lew, John, and Elaine at Malpensa Airport a few hours later. We’ll rent a car, find dinner and gelato, and spend one night there before driving to Genoa on Sunday, where we’ll meet Rob and Elizabeth.
After a couple of days in Genoa, we’ll head up to the ancestral towns to meet some relatives, do some family research, and enjoy the feast. Next week, Rob and Elizabeth will head to Florence and Venice, and the rest of us will head south. (More on that later.) On October 3 I’ll fly back to Milan from Bari (on the east coast) and on October 4 I’ll return from Milan while Judy, Lew, John, and Elaine continue on for a week in Sicily
With luck, I’ll be able to post something from Milan tomorrow.
About the photo: This 2013 picture looks down the Fontanabuona Valley from the front steps of the church.