Onto the third week of July and we found ourselves indulging in yet another extravagant adventure and in Tuscany for the second time! When we arrived in November 2020 and had just finished quarantine from traveling, I saw a poster here advertising a concert for the following year. I had no idea if it was actually going to happen as the coronavirus continued to take crazy turns every day, but I knew that I had to sign up anyway. This was a bucket list experience! And what do you know, it actually happened… an outdoor concert by Andrea Bocelli in his hometown of Lajatico, Toscana. We stayed in a quaint town called Colle, about an hour away from the concert. It was such a cute little area. I would love to go back someday and explore when we have more time. We arrived in time to get checked in, have lunch at the hotel, and drop our stuff off in the room. Then we were off again! Man, it was a BRUTAL drive back late at night. It was long, and although I never get car sick, I didn’t feel so well. Thankfully, my kid (who gets really bad motion sickness) was deep asleep and I managed to hold it together until we returned.
Teatro del Silenzio, Lajatico Toscana. 22 Luglio 2021.
It was an 18 hour day. I spent 9 of those hours on a bus getting there, showed up incredibly sweaty and sticky (it was 97 degrees), and waited 2.5 hours for it to begin. Yet this could not have been a more amazing life experience; even my 6 year old is still talking about it! I have all of Andrea Bocelli’s music in my vinyl collection, but on this day I had the chance to be outside, in Italia, and hear his voice echo through the Tuscan hills of his hometown… with a perfectly positioned moon in the background if I might add!
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!