By the time I returned to Florence last fall, Algernon and Ilsa had had many adventures in Italy. During the winter, they went to Venice, where their friend Donna helped them pick out the perfect masks, and to Castello di Porciano.
In May, they went to Naples, where they attended the opera two nights. They loved it and Ilsa came away from the experience wanting to take vocal lessons.
The summer was a challenge; who knew that Florence is one of the hotter cities in Italy, due to its situation in a valley? They took to their bed on a lavender-stuffed pillow, with cool cloths on their foreheads, in an effort to deal with the Tuscan sun.
With the onset of autumn, Algernon and Ilsa revived enough to make two trips to Austria, one to Vienna for the opera and the other to Salzburg.
One of the places we went together was Cinque Terre. We stayed in Vernazza, where we had a wonderful dinner our first night on a patio above the Ligurian Sea. The next day, we explored Riomaggiore and Manarola, enjoying beautiful vistas and quaint villages.
Where will Algernon and Ilsa travel to next? Stay tuned!