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Old 07-21-2013, 12:36 PM   #136
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Sorry to hear about Peter's migraine and the loss of power, but as you say...luckily you were in a place where you could switch gears and have plenty else to do!

I hear you about the heat...it's been pretty miserable here in the US as well, especially for those in the Northeast!

I'm excited for your next trip already, but I do hope things will cool down and quiet down so you an tell us about the rest of your Italy trip!
I am so dreaming of some air conditioning right now! Or some rain, rain would be good.
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Sorry about returning to the heat! We've just finished with a horrid heat and humidity spell, and it's just so hard to get anything done. Poor Peter with the migraine! This was a rough vacation with both of you having to lie low to recover. I love Florence and am not crazy about Rome, so I think you ended up with a better day! Good idea to just wash and re-pack the clothes for Florida. You'll be off again before you know it. Hope the hot weather doesn't last long.
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Glad you made it home safely, but too bad about the heat. As other's have mentioned, it's been sweltering in some parts of the US as well, so I can imagine it's hard to get motivated to unpack/wash clothes/repack when you need to stop to take a cool shower every so often.
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I'd heard about your weather today - it's been pleasant today - only about 25C (high 70s to my Americans friends ) but sadly it seems you're sending us your weather for tomorrow and they're talking about it being in the mid 90s!

To be honest, I think you got the better deal going to Florence, rather than Rome. Even though we only had a flying visit from our cruise a few years ago, we much preferred it to Rome.
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I'd heard about your weather today - it's been pleasant today - only about 25C (high 70s to my Americans friends ) but sadly it seems you're sending us your weather for tomorrow and they're talking about it being in the mid 90s!

To be honest, I think you got the better deal going to Florence, rather than Rome. Even though we only had a flying visit from our cruise a few years ago, we much preferred it to Rome.
Florence was gorgeous so much so we have decided to go back for a long weekend just there someday. Not only was it beautiful the leather goods on sale were really well made and relatively cheap.
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Florence was gorgeous so much so we have decided to go back for a long weekend just there someday. Not only was it beautiful the leather goods on sale were really well made and relatively cheap.
I would say come and join us next July, but I think we'll be there in the middle of the week.
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Depending on where we are living then that might well be an option.
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Sorry you came home to the heat! Try to keep cool and with the Florida packing!
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I really enjoyed the day we had in Florence last summer, and would love to go back for a closer look.
Sorry it's been so hot, but it might be good preparation for your trip here. It's been miserable in much of the US.
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Sorry it's been so hot, but it might be good preparation for your trip here. It's been miserable in much of the US.
I am prepared for hot in Florida because i know that if it gets too bad we can go into the air conditionning.

I find it hard to cope here because we have no air conditionning. It was in the 90s last night still at midnight and no moving air to be had.

Feel free to quote that back at me when i am complaining about the heat in three weeks
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I don't know how you stand it without AC. I know you don't need it often but I'd be tempted to have a window unit on standby just for these occasions. It is so hard to sleep when you are hot. Hope you have a break soon! Maybe the baby-watch distraction will make you forget the heat?
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