I started using goal posters a few years ago. On my very first one I wrote that I would be visiting Italy. For years I had wanted to go, but there was always a small voice in my head telling me that I would never get there.
However, this time I decided that it was going to be different. I could picture myself looking at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, walking through Rome and seeing all the sites, and traveling around the Mediterranean. I never shared this with my husband.
For two weeks I rewrote and read my goals over and over and when I closed my eyes I would picture myself in Italy. That next day my husband announced that he had a surprise for me! I couldn’t believe the surprise, he had purchased 2 tickets to Rome and we were going on a cruise to the Mediterranean in less than a week!! Then I showed him my notebook and he couldn’t believe what he was reading!!
We landed in Rome and spent two nights in a Bed and Breakfast right in the heart of the city. As soon as we ate breakfast we were off to see the sites. The first place we visited was St. Peter’s Basilica, we walked through St. Peter’s Square and went inside.
Of course I had seen pictures of the Basilica before, but nothing could equate to actually seeing it in person. It really could take you more than a day just to see everything. We then went to the Sistine Chapel. It was pretty hot in there and I was glad it was only April. I am not sure how it would be in the summer’s heat.
|View of Rome from the Vatican Museum|
I still couldn’t believe we were here. The next day we continued walking through Rome. Our next stop was the Trevi Fountain. The fountain was finally finished in 1762. One of the legends is that when you throw a coin into the fountain, it will assure you a return visit to Rome. There is reportedly over 3000 euros collected from the fountain each day!
Of course we couldn’t miss the Colosseum, that is my husband in the picture! We had a wonderful time there and can’t wait until we can go back.
The next morning we woke up early and walked to the train. It was a little nerve-wracking at first, as the train station was a little confusing to us, but we soon figured out which one to take and we were on our way to Savona. That next morning we were to catch the cruise ship to continue on our trip.
From Savona we went to Naples and then we stopped in Palermo, Sicily. That was a treat for me since my family is from there. The trip continued stopping at Tunisia, Africa and then on to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
|Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, which is more commonly known as La Seu|
|We just thought this was funny to see there, but they serve beer too!|
We then traveled to Barcelona, Spain and the following day we arrived in Marseille, France. We had such a wonderful time. Finally on Easter Sunday we arrived back in Savona, Italy.
We needed to get to Pisa so that we could go to Easter service. We rented a car and drove from Savona and finally found our hotel in Pisa. I wish I could remember the name of the Bed and Breakfast there, but it was so wonderful. We knew that we needed to get to the Leaning Tower of Pisa if we were to catch the service. The kind man at the hotel desk told us that we could walk to the tower from there.
We started walking the winding streets of Pisa, and still couldn’t see the tower. We came upon a bridge and crossed it.
Then I looked up and right in front of us was the beautiful Leaning Tower of Pisa. It almost looked like a picture on a poster than the actual building. I guess I still couldn’t believe I was there.
|Rick and I in Pisa|
It was a wonderful Easter Sunday. We made it to church and enjoyed Mass in Italian! Then we walked back to the hotel and stopped and had a delicious dinner in town. I had my favorite dessert, Tiramisu and I don’t think I have ever had one like that one!
Our room was on the second floor overlooking the garden, we woke up to the aroma of fresh baking bread and the birds singing off of our balcony. I think this was the highlight of our trip for both of us. After breakfast we reluctantly got in our car and started the final leg of our trip back to Rome.
|Driving through Tuscany|
We will never forget this trip and how blessed we were to be able to go and see all these wonderful places.
Now is this a mere coincidence or does the action of writing your goals down, or creating goal posters work? I sure think so!!