Thursday, July 19, 2007

V is for Vendetta Venice!

We’re gearing up for our big trip to Italy. Today I called the hotels to confirm our reservations. I spent a good 30 minutes practicing my: “Buongiorno, parla inglese?” Fred and I finally will be on equal footing. I might even have an advantage. Yes, his native language is a Latin-based romance language; but it’s been quite some time since he’s had to mime for his food and suffer the constant humiliation of speaking in public, a craft I’ve been honing for 18 months.

13 comments:

Samantha said...

Ha, I love it! And I'm so jealous of your trip to Italy -with Fab being a farmer and all, we rarely get to go anywhere, let alone during the summer.

Anonymous said...

Have a great time, it will be such a nice treat. Who is watching my grandcat??, Mom

Texas Espresso said...

Have a wonderful time! Venice is my favorite city =)

Just remember " io vorrei" - which means I would like. you can drop the io. such as "vorrei un caffe" I would like a coffee(espresso). AND quanto costa? how much does it cost.

hehe you probably know that - but I am trying to learn Italian for my Italian speaking husband and those work for me =)

maitresse said...

ha! enjoy! just don't ever give yourselves a rdv in piazza san marco and you'll be fine... give a yell if you need restaurant recommendations.

Aralena said...

Buon viaggio! (and that will conclude the extent of my italian.) The great thing about not speaking fluent Italian in Italy is that if you are a woman, the menfolk generally don't care if you're butchering their tongue. They have a better sense of humor about their language, and maybe life in general, I think. You certainly won't be getting any sneers from the waiters, Amy! Have a wonderful trip!

ColourMeCrazy said...

Ooo, what fun! Italy! Have a great time

The Late Bloomer said...

Ah, have a FABULOUS time in Italia! I love Italy, you have no idea... I've been to Venice and Rome both twice, most recently a trip to Rome in 2005. And although I love the Italian language, I'm absolutely NO GOOD at it. So I know about the struggle to get myself across in a language I don't understand! I tend to try to use my French in Italy, but in fact English works much easier (which should be obvious, but I'm a bit slow you see...).

Maîtresse has spent quite a bit of time in Venice, so I hope you picked up some pointers from her! *YIKES -- just saw that she commented above -- OOPS! So I'm sure you've already been in touch...

I also just got a new novel called Seule Venise, but it's in French... I'm looking forward to reading it on vacation in August.

Can't wait to see your pics -- ENJOY!

DestinationMetz said...

Have a great time!! I'll have to get a hotel recomendation off you at some stage by the way.

phillippa said...

Now I want to go to Italy. Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!

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Girl on the Run... said...

Have a wonderful trip!
M

joy suzanne said...

Have a great time, Amy! I wanted my frenchman and I to go to Venice to celebrate our birthdays (the 8th and 9th of August), but he can't get away from school. We're going to Cassis instead. I'm not sure I'll like it quite as much...

I think the Italian language is sooo beautiful. It has French beat, imo.

Neorod1 said...

B is for (Brenda) Bravo !

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