Before I quit my job, Rachel had told me she really wanted to plan a trip to see me this summer. She'd also been itching to get back to France, a place she loves dearly, so she set out to plan a summer vacation for herself that included a stop to see lil ol' me. :) When she officially booked her tickets and hotels, I got so excited and couldn't wait to share my life here with her! Rachel is such an amazing person to go to with the things that matter most to you. She's engaged and very focused on the details in your life and it's a rare quality to find in people these days. I always look forward to sharing something new with Rachel because she really values it and appreciates every detail. It's my favorite thing about her.
When she got settled in her hotel, she came down to my apartment and I was like a little kid when I saw her walking up! I was also really thrilled about her meeting Trisha and Gavin because they've become dear to me during our time in Italy. It was such fun for me to have us all together. After I showed her my place, we all headed down to the good ol' Colorno pub and she got to meet a lot of the Mexican students, too. I think you can tell us gals are pretty darn happy:
On Sunday, Rachel and I spent the day on our own. We started off having coffee at the cutest little bar down the way:
After we finished at the school, we took the long way back around to see some of the beautiful houses and parts of town that I love. The homes here and general area overall has so much charm and history. People grow the most amazing flowers and even things like lavender that make the air smell sweet and wonderfully aromatic:
It was soooo hot out walking around so of course the only solution to that, like in Parma, is gelato. The place we went shapes it into flowers and it makes eating it more fun: