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Traveling to Italy from the United States takes patience and caffeine.  Spencer, my Mother and I finally touched down in Florence after an Uber ride and three flights.  My Mom has never set foot in Europe, let alone jumped six hours ahead in time.  Fortunately we made all of our connecting flights and found my husband Gregg waiting for us at the Florence airport.

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Gregg arrived a few weeks ahead of us to prepare our Italian apartment for Christmas.  I only expected a handful of decorations, but to my surprise Gregg took holiday splendor to a new level.  I cried with delight.

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Gregg even insisted that I open a couple of presents early.  I’m already putting them both to good use.

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On our first full day we took my Mom to Il Monaco, one of my favorite local coffee shops in Bagni di Lucca.

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Then we helped check off items on her bucket list with a trip to Pisa.  My Mom stood in awe of the Tower of Pisa.

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The last time Spencer and I traveled to Pisa temperatures hovered near 100 degrees.  I definitely prefer winter in Pisa with fewer crowds and less sweating on my part.

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After a fabulous walk around the Campo dei Miracoli we treated Mom to lunch.

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We have a fun two weeks planned for my Mom.  It’s a dream come true to spend Christmas and New Years in Italy, for all of us.

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