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Old 04-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #496
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That's kinda my opinion Frank. I've only done 1 ABD (underachiever) but I think I will cherish our OYO time.

I really believe some of the most memorable experiences will be the trouble we get into while just exploring aimlessly.
The other nice thing is that the Adventure Guides are a wealth of information! They can tell you all about tons of options for things to do with your OYO time. In Paris, Landon & Adam suggested I check out the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur, and gave me directions on where to catch the Metro and what station to get off at (plus providing me with a map). I had a wonderful time walking up there, checking out the Basilica and the surrounding hill, and the amazing views. Totally unplanned!

And yes, the impromptu group walk to the Arc du Triomphe, followed by drinks at a small cafe on the Champs-elysees was a definite highlight of the trip, and also totally unplanned!

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Hey Folks,

Besides the "on your own" afternoon in Florence scheduled by ABD, John and I will be offering the chance to spend the "day at the resort in Tuscany" in Florence as well.

We are working with ABD on the transportation details, but you will have the chance to spend an entire day in Florence doing whatever interests you.

This will be in addition to the regularly scheduled afternoon.

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I'm kind of a planner and being busy and doing and going is part of my nature..I feel that I sometimes have to have every minute planned in my vacation to feel productive ..now having said that .. I think that I am going to really try to Stop and Smell the Roses or Coffee or whatever it smells like in Italy and try to wander and enjoy the OYO time. ...At least there are many of you that have "been " there before ..So you can help me plan the free time ...I'm trying !
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:49 PM   #498
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The Borghese would be on the free afternoon of day three, the 26th. They sell tickets for two hour visits, so at any given time there are a set number of people visiting. 3:00 or 5:00 are the two potential start times. The Gallery is about a 20 minute walk from our hotel.


Glad you're finally getting somewhere with your PT!
Heather: Loving the idea of the Borghese for this day. Are you set for sure on doing it, or are you still kicking it around? Let me know!
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:33 AM   #499
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Heather: Loving the idea of the Borghese for this day. Are you set for sure on doing it, or are you still kicking it around? Let me know!
I am set on this, and would be super happy to go together. The tickets will be about $20.00, so not so costly that we couldn't change our minds at the last minute if some other more fabulous opportunity arises. It looks like it will be a nice stroll to and from the hotel, and of all the myriad of things to see it is on the top of my list of things not covered with ABD. For the 3:00 admission we would need to arrive around 2:30, and for the 5 pm around 4:30. What do you think?
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See....this is what I mean by unprepared. I don't even know what Borghese is. When I try to think of my OYO planning I never seem to make it past Gelato and fresh bread, cheese and meat.

Everyone has their own priorities I guess. I need to find the food and beverage museum.
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I am set on this, and would be super happy to go together. The tickets will be about $20.00, so not so costly that we couldn't change our minds at the last minute if some other more fabulous opportunity arises. It looks like it will be a nice stroll to and from the hotel, and of all the myriad of things to see it is on the top of my list of things not covered with ABD. For the 3:00 admission we would need to arrive around 2:30, and for the 5 pm around 4:30. What do you think?
Awesome! I really wanted to see the sculpture, etc, here. I know we have the Vatican stuff in the morning and then lunch, so maybe the 5:00 time just to be on the safe side? BUT it looks like the museum closes at 7:30. Do we think two 1/2 hours is enough to get through? You take pictures of 1/2 and I'll take pictures of the other 1/2 and then we'll get through no problem! I think the museum is on some pretty nice grounds, too, which will be nice. Any chance to see some greenery!

Have included Wiki link just in case anyone is interested and wanted a quick read up on the museum and grounds. LOVE Wiki!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galleria_Borghese

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Borghese_gardens



In other news: Had MAJOR breakthrough in PT yesterday. Brian (PT guy) was finally able to find out exactly what's wrong with me and was able to recreate the pain in my arm. We've been working on my arm for a while and making some small progress, but now that we've zeroed in on where exactly the problem originates I find that I'm...um...well, less than thrilled. Since this is a family board. You can read what you like into my ellipses. Apparently my arm pain is a symptom of what's wrong and tennis elbow is not actually my problem. My actual problem is my C5/6 disc in my neck is protruding/bulging/blown out/looks like a smashed jelly doughnut. Awesome!

Now I realize that in the overall scope of things this is not so bad. With some PT things and good self-management (easier said than done) I'll keep on keeping on. I don't even get a handicapped parking sticker for my car. Bummer. So I need to get my big girl pants on. I know it. But following on the heels of finding out that I can't dye my hair my nice dark brown anymore because I've developed an acute reaction to hair dye that could actually kill me I'm just feeling a bit, oh, I don't know, what's the word, hmmm, old? Dude, I'm way too cute for gray hair! Now I have a bulging disc and grey hair, bleh! I say bleh to that!!!!
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Lauren your "cuteness" and downright awesomeness, radiates from within. You would be beautiful with grey hair, blue hair or even know hair at all!!!!

Now the old thing--well that I can't help with. We are getting old, no denying it!
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But following on the heels of finding out that I can't dye my hair my nice dark brown anymore because I've developed an acute reaction to hair dye that could actually kill me I'm just feeling a bit, oh, I don't know, what's the word, hmmm, old?
I think you could pull of the "short spiky hair with IMPORTANT earrings" look.

You know what I mean....the "I make folk jewelry in my kiln and weave traditional fabrics on my loom and sell them at craft fairs" look.

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Lauren your "cuteness" and downright awesomeness, radiates from within. You would be beautiful with grey hair, blue hair or even know hair at all!!!!

Now the old thing--well that I can't help with. We are getting old, no denying it!
Lauren, continued good luck and progress with PT, those people can be great at what they do.

I have three PT sessions a week and each one moves me closer to getting on that plane on 5/23/12.

On the "old" issue, I am currently debating which to bring with me to Italy - a cane or a walking stick.

I recall the old days when the decision before a big trip was whether or not to bring a bathing suit and a cork screw.

Life moves on with us in tow.

Enjoy the ride!
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You won't be the only one with a "walking stick". . . .
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Awesome! I really wanted to see the sculpture, etc, here. I know we have the Vatican stuff in the morning and then lunch, so maybe the 5:00 time just to be on the safe side? BUT it looks like the museum closes at 7:30. Do we think two 1/2 hours is enough to get through? You take pictures of 1/2 and I'll take pictures of the other 1/2 and then we'll get through no problem! I think the museum is on some pretty nice grounds, too, which will be nice. Any chance to see some greenery!

Have included Wiki link just in case anyone is interested and wanted a quick read up on the museum and grounds. LOVE Wiki!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galleria_Borghese

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Borghese_gardens



In other news: Had MAJOR breakthrough in PT yesterday. Brian (PT guy) was finally able to find out exactly what's wrong with me and was able to recreate the pain in my arm. We've been working on my arm for a while and making some small progress, but now that we've zeroed in on where exactly the problem originates I find that I'm...um...well, less than thrilled. Since this is a family board. You can read what you like into my ellipses. Apparently my arm pain is a symptom of what's wrong and tennis elbow is not actually my problem. My actual problem is my C5/6 disc in my neck is protruding/bulging/blown out/looks like a smashed jelly doughnut. Awesome!

Now I realize that in the overall scope of things this is not so bad. With some PT things and good self-management (easier said than done) I'll keep on keeping on. I don't even get a handicapped parking sticker for my car. Bummer. So I need to get my big girl pants on. I know it. But following on the heels of finding out that I can't dye my hair my nice dark brown anymore because I've developed an acute reaction to hair dye that could actually kill me I'm just feeling a bit, oh, I don't know, what's the word, hmmm, old? Dude, I'm way too cute for gray hair! Now I have a bulging disc and grey hair, bleh! I say bleh to that!!!!
Let's plan on the 5:00 entry time for the Borghese. They only let people in for two hours at a time and clear the museum between groups so we've got two hours whenever we do it. Anybody else interested?

Now, in terms of the grey hair thing, it is a super big drag to encounter these moments of change along the way that we can't control, but you've got STYLE, girl, and that is way more important than anything else. Think Carmen Dell'Orefice...At 80 she may even be more beautiful than in her younger years. You'll be wowing them for many years to come...
I'm glad you at least know what your diagnosis is, so you can really target your therapy in the right way.
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Let's plan on the 5:00 entry time for the Borghese. They only let people in for two hours at a time and clear the museum between groups so we've got two hours whenever we do it. Anybody else interested?

Now, in terms of the grey hair thing, it is a super big drag to encounter these moments of change along the way that we can't control, but you've got STYLE, girl, and that is way more important than anything else. Think Carmen Dell'Orefice...At 80 she may even be more beautiful than in her younger years. You'll be wowing them for many years to come...
I'm glad you at least know what your diagnosis is, so you can really target your therapy in the right way.

Me & mom would be interested in doing Borghese!

Grey hair is totally in style now! Kelly Osbornes has been coloring hers grey/purple

Glad the PT seems to be going better
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I would like to join those going to Villa Borghese. I think I want to just explore the gardens though. Perhaps I can accompany you guys, then plan to meet up with you at the end of your tour of the museum.

So, it really hit me that we only have three weeks. I still have so much to do. I did do a bit of shopping today. I was able to mark some things off of my list. YAY!!!
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