We were picked up at 7:30 by our driver and Mary--she arrived promptly at 7:15 to pick up the phone. We had used it a few times for reservations etc, and tour bookings so it did come in handy. Thanks, Untours! We got to the Rome airport in plenty of time and managed to check in with Alitalia. Somehow in the online process we had lost our seats that had been booked, but still got seats together in the middle of the plane, so no problem. We were about half and hour late leaving Rome, which worried me some since we only had 1 hour 40 minutes in Boston. We arrived the half hour late, went through customs and immigration (where thankfully they waved us on through without a suitcase check; if they had not, we would have missed our flight.) So we rechecked the one bag and literally started running to get to the departure gate. We had to take a bus to another terminal and then ran more--and as they were announcing our departure and making last call we got on board the flight to Atlanta. Some nice folks took backpacks out of the overhead so we could cram our (very small international sized) carry-on in the compartment. Then we had an uneventful ride to the South. From there, we ran again to catch our final connection and arrived at the gate with five whole minutes to spare. Because I had bought the tickets with AMEX, we had priority boarding so didn't have to worry about getting out carry on bags in the compartment for that one. Another hour long uneventful flight (the best kind) and we arrived home, to be met by my brother, bless his heart. He took us to get a burger and it was great! Then we arrived home, took a deep breath, called the cat, (who came inside with a look like 'where have you been?) and relaxed for the first time in twenty three hours. We were so tired! It is days later that I finish this blog...
Here are things we learned on this trip related to travel:
OK, that's it. We are already talking about our next adventure and think it will be a cruise next time. We shall see! Happy travels to all of you!