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Retirement Trip of a Lifetime

Jean and I worked in the same school district as elementary teachers in my first career. She had a wonderful career in education and recently retired. Jean wanted to take a trip of a lifetime to Italy with her husband. Don had been to Italy 10 years earlier and wanted to share his memories with Jean and create new ones together. They chose to travel in the fall, a beautiful time to be in Italy and spent time in Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Rome. A highlight was having long time friends join them in Tuscany.

Pictures taken by Don & Jean

"Ginger created an Italian experience that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Her planning assistance, choice of accommodations, and special travel tips were invaluable. We look forward to our next trip to Italy with Ginger's professional touch." Don

"When Dan and I heard that our dear friends from Minnesota were planning a trip to Italy, we thought it would be wonderful to be able to spend a little time with them there (we live in Arizona).  Since Ginger planned their entire trip through Italy, we asked Ginger to help us plan and coordinate our trip as well.  Easy as pie!  Ginger helped with transportation, booked us into the same Tuscan inn as our friends, and offered wonderful sightseeing and dining ideas.  The trip was stress-free and we had a ball.  We highly recommend Ginger's services to anyone planning a trip to Italy."
    Deedee and Dan Flores

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Florence Duomo Florence's beautiful Duomo
Gelato The joy of Gelato!
Jean with Leo Jean poses with Leo from the famous Harry's Bar in Florence.
Jean Cinque Terre Next stop along the beautiful Cinque Terre.
Corniglia Hiking the Cinque Terre with Corniglia in the background.
Casa dei Limone Window Jean from the window of their B&B in Monterosso.
Monterosso at night The town of Monterosso early evening.
 Friends in Pisa Jean & Don hook up with friends Dan & Deedee in Pisa and drive to their Tuscan apartments for 3 nights.
View from P. Bandino The 2 couples stayed at a lovely working olive oil and wine farmhouse near Chianciano Terme in the province of Siena.
Don Tuscany They drove to towns such as Pienza and Siena and enjoyed the Tuscan countryside.
Dan and Deedee in Tuscany A great time to catch up with good friends and experience the Italian countryside.
View of St. Peters in Rome. Jean and Don continue to their final city of Rome.
St. Peter's inside St. Peter's glorious alter.
Jean Ancient Rome Jean and Don explore the ruins of Ancient Rome.
Don at cafe/bar Morning cafe in Rome with delicious Cappucino.
Borghese Park at Sunset The Borghese Park at Sunset.