"Gladly the cross I'd bear"...is the title of another family in-joke...but speaking of religion and weddings it evolves into..."Gladly the dress I'd wear". It's now time to mention my middle sister's (MS) wedding in Northern Italy. The Big Event is due to take place in just over a week. I'm terrifically happy for MS as she's waited a long time to find The One.
As for us, we are 99% packed (How I HATE packing!) and almost ready to set off on our long cross terrain adventure. The itinerary (without SatNav...should be interesting): North Shields to Holland, then over to see friends in Northern Germany, travel through Germany, down into Switzerland where we may hit Euro 2008 fever and then down into Northern Italy, Piedmont, close to Asti where they make lots of that very nice fizzy wine, Asti Spumante. After 10 days staying at a farm ( L'Agriturismo "Farming Tourism") we travel back through France (to stock up on cheap wine, children's shoes and tuna fish!), Belgium and finally Holland again and then home once more. It will be like Hannibal & Co. or a marauding Roman Army on the loose (and that's just the parents). Will recount as to how "The Big Day" goes in due course. Until then, "ave atque vale" (hail and farewell).......or arriverderci Pet!