Craig and Patricia are driving over to the Mediterranean coast, then down to Rome’s airport hotel tonight in order to catch their flight home to Philly tomorrow.
We had posed a “last group shot” in the living room/church room just a few minutes before.
We have been very compatible – the six of us. We each have our foibles, which you get to know on a trip of this length of time…and miles…and learning opportunities. We each have our specialties as we travel – so as not to get lost, to find the right place to eat, to keep us calm, to organize the group for decisions, etc.
The meshing of personalities into a team is a beautiful thing to behold and in which to participate. Last week, it was family (the Staffords qualify for this for lasting as long as they have as “pals” of all of us) and that is its own special blend of talents and personalities. We missed Mike and Sky like crazy, but they will be in to join the group again at the shore over 4th of July.
The breakfast meal for the six of us was another experience of fine dining, small portions of exceptional food…and served so personally and professionally by Riccardo and his lady wait-person (she was so quiet, we didn’t get her name).
Marilisa and Riccardo both joined our conversation to figure out the timing for the 4 massages and how to weave a lunch opportunity into our schedule and that of the masseuse lady. It is a wonder to see them work together to analyze this for guests. Perhaps it’s an Italian trait to worry about the details and then say, “If you’re there within 30 minutes or so of our plan; then, that is fine”. They just want you to be comfortable and not stress over any deadlines or worry about any food choices.
We have relaxed this afternoon, had a bit of a rainstorm and will gather in the “church” with the other guests at 7PM or so for a drink and our “last supper” here at the Borgo di Carpiano.
When Craig checked out this morning, he couldn’t believe the prices…our rooms (including breakfasts for two) are under 200 Euro per night. McClennens know a good bargain when they see it. The Villa il Trebbio last week was 1,250 Euro per week for 3 bedrooms and 4 baths…that’s less than 70 Euros per night per couple…another world-class bargain.