Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

October 10, 2011

Taking It All In

Photo by Paolo Liloc.

Finishing up our first week in Italy and feeling so very thankful for this experience.

Thankful for the wonderfully kind, creative, fun people I’m traveling with – their enthusiasm and zest has been contagious. Thankful that Jim is such a charismatic guide. Thankful that my international travel companion (and friend of 22 years) Paolo was able to come along for the ride. Thankful for  the scenery, the sunsets, the history, the weather, the wine, the pasta, the laughter – it’s really been a wonderful experience so far.

We’ve got another week of traveling to go including a day in Florence, Rome and then back to New York City at the end of the week.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    So happy for you Ali, thanks for the update. I have missed seeing you this week. Have another great week.

    • ….
      Birgit said…

      My sentiments exactly!

  • 2.
    Jo-Anne said…

    BUONGIORNO Ali, but here we say G’Day!
    Keep having fun and enjoying all those wonderful sights, smells, sounds & tastes! I’m so jealous.

  • 3.

    Oh Ali, so glad you are enjoying it. I have a feeling it’s just what your soul needs right now. Xoxo

    • ….
      tania said…

      ditto what stephanie said…i couldn’t have said it better. ((((HUGS))) ali!

    • ….
      Sarah said…

      Exactly!! Enjoy every minute. x

  • 4.
    MIchelle L said…

    This sounds amazing! Glad to hear you’re having a wonderful time!

  • 5.
    Lisa W. said…

    OMG my life’s dream/goal is to go to Italy, meet you, see ALL there is to see. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that picture of you is magically beautiful! So SO happy to hear from you, Your blog at times gets me through everyday!!! Have a wonderful trip and cannot wait to see your beautiful creations!!!!

  • 6.
    alida said…

    Thanks for sharing these experiences we can only dream of. Happy to be blogtraveling along.

  • 7.
    Jamie said…

    Ooh… Florence is my favorite city ever! If you have a chance, go to Coquinarius. The food is out of this world amazing (even for Italy) and it’s affordable.

    Via dell’ Oche 15/r, 50144 Florence, Italy

  • 8.
    Gina Crowley said…

    Glad you are having fun this week. I’ve missed your posts.

  • 9.
    barbi d. said…

    Sounds perfectly lovely, Enjoy!

  • 10.
    Paula G said…

    Enjoy every well-deserved minute! How I wish I could have gone too!

  • 11.

    Now this is living I love that sunset!

  • 12.
    Liz Ness said…

    So thankful for the photos you and Paolo are sharing. Such a beautiful place and you both are so good at capturing the magic of it! =)

  • 13.
    Tammy Davis said…

    Great layout (and costume!). Have fun with your travels and stay safe! (Does Simon ever take the costume off?)

  • 14.
    JillT said…

    Fabulous photo by your talented friend. Not a bad location either :)

  • 15.
    Cecilia Madden said…

    I’m jealous! How splendid :) Glad you’re enjoying the time away.

  • 16.
    Amy C. said…

    Thank YOU Ali! You have been so personable and a joy to be around. And thanks for the sunscreen! My forehead WAS baking big time!

  • 17.
    Michele said…

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories!

  • 18.

    What a wonderful experience for a well deserving women! I hope you continue to enjoy the journey….

  • 19.
    Dana said…

    Just got back from Florence and Pisa this morning. Lovely places. Be sure to climb the tower near the Duomo. The views are amazing. Trattoria Nella @ Via Delle Terme 19 R has amazing food and house wine. Have fun!

    • ….
      Christine said…

      Great suggestion. I climbed that same clock tower near dusk in Florence and got some amazing photos.
      Ali, check out the restaurants across the river. Great local food.

  • 20.


    so happy that you are enjoying the trip…..take lots of pics ( as if that is not a given LOL) hugs and blessings

    sharon dryjanski

  • 21.
    Jean said…

    So happy for you! What a fabulous opportunity to recharge.

  • 22.
    Gayle said…

    *sigh* what a gorgeous picture, and a fabulous itinerary ahead! Thank you for sharing Ali :)

  • 23.
    gladdie said…

    Hi Ali, enjoy the journey!!
    (See, I am learning from you! lol)

  • 24.
    Christine said…

    How wonderful! Soak up all you can :) Blessings to you.

  • 25.
    kat-in-texas said…

    Oh, how I would love to see “David” in Florence!!! Take it all in, Ali!!!

  • 26.
    Cindy said…

    I am so glad to hear you sounding happy and enjoying life! Have a WONDERFUL time!!

  • 27.
    sophie said…

    sounds amazing! can’t wait to see all the pictures you’re taking. enjoy the food, too! safe travels!

  • 28.
    Mel said…

    Che bella! I hope you will love Florence! I was fortunate enough to spend my junior year of college abroad in Florence two years ago. If you would like some good restaurant recommendations or fun, non-touristy things to check out, please let me know! Mi manca Firenze!

  • 29.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    so glad you are having a wonderful time– been thinking of you, P, and the mykonos girls lots this week. i can almost hear all the laughter from here :)

  • 30.
    Toni From said…

    Paolo and Ali= good times at the Bell and later in life. Glad you are both having a great time. Can’t wait to see what you do for Project Life from your travels.

  • 31.
    Patricia said…

    Here’s to being renewed in more ways than one! :)

  • 32.
    Katie said…

    Enjoy this gift of time. Safe travels!

  • 33.
    Sarah Jane said…

    Sounds delightful… as I read this post, I couldn’t help, but to think about the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” and how HUNGRY it made me to see all that delicious looking food. :)

  • 34.
    Nancy G. said…

    From that photo it looks as though you are savoring every moment. I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Italy over the summer. Florence was amazing. When you walk around a corner and see the Duomo before you it is amazing. Hope you get to see the sculpture David. One day is not enough but it will be magical.

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