It was a wonderful trip! We had a few unexpected delays and canceled flights, but it all adds to the adventure. Rick Steves says “when traveling, be eternally optimistic”, and I agree. Forevermore, I have the story of the 48 hour trip from Pisa to Portland. We’ve made another memory. Honestly, if you can’t look at it that way, then it’s probably best not to travel.
I have lots of pictures of lovely Italian ladies to post once I go through them. There were some fashion surprises for me on this trip. For one, Italian women are not taking to the mega-platform-spike heel look as I thought they would be. I saw maybe a handful of those torture devices in my travels and that’s about all. It appears that even the über fashion-conscious Italians are rejecting them. Perhaps if I had been in Milan, I would have seen more. Or maybe they are just so last year. I have no idea.
I did see flats. Lots and lots of flats, including flat boots. Cowboy boots with small heels were popular. Middle-age women were wearing flats or small, chunky heels. Converse-type tennis shoes were everywhere on younger women. Also, rubber rain boots are definitely popular. Leather riding-type boots that either come up to the knee or go over the knee are ubiquitous.
I didn’t see much in the way of leggings, unless worn with boots. Leggings with boots is definitely a look, but leggings without boots or with short tops, not so much.
Speaking of Italian style, you really can’t find an Italian in the fall without a scarf. Everyone wears scarves, men and women, and they tie them in many different ways. So, I want to go back to the infinity scarf and answer a question posted by Sheila when I was on my trip. She asked if the measurements for the infinity scarf were correct, basically 60″ X 1 1/2 yards minus a very small rolled seam. The answer is yes. That is how I made my scarves. They come out very “chunky” with these measurements, but you could alter the measurements to suite your style. You could make the scarf longer by using 2 yards of fabric, and make it narrower by using a narrower width. It’s up to you, but the 60″X 1 1/2 yards does work. I hope that answers your question, Sheila.
Time for me to do all those things one does after a trip: recover from jet-lag, unpack, do laundry, answer phone messages, go grocery shopping, go to the gym (ugh!). More later.