Friday, April 12, 2013

Celebrate Boomer Lit Friday Again!

Welcome! We are once again celebrating Boomer Lit Friday, and we’re switching gears from the fictional Never Say Perfect to a nonfiction Boomer travel memoir entitled From Italy with Love & Limoncello.

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From Italy with Love & Limoncello:

Description: What happens when four Boomer-age non-Italian speaking women embark on an unguided tour of three regions of Italy? Add miles to the soles of your shoes as you visit Florence, Greve, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Pompeii and Rome with Mary Anne, Laura, Sharon and Marianne. Whether you are returning to this intriguing country rich with history and magnificent beauty or visiting Italy for the first time, traveling with these women will offer unique insights and stories of international incidents never to be duplicated by a typical tour guide!

Today’s excerpt picks up at the airport in Rome, where I have just arrived on a direct flight from Charlotte, N. C.  Laura, Marianne and Sharon have already landed at least two hours ahead of me because they were flying directly from Newark. We need to connect…now. Remember, this is a true story and not another airport scene that was formulated in my imagination!

Hmmm...I'm looking all around into a sea of strange faces and don't see the girls anywhere. Where could they be? For just a brief moment, I feel minor panic. I'm in a foreign country, everything around me is chaotic, and I have no idea what all of the gibberish is that is being uttered around me. I can't just hail a cab and go to our hotel because we are going to catch a train to Florence as soon as we connect with each other. This is getting slightly unnerving.

It’s similar to imagining landing in the midst of a crowd after having disembarked from your flying saucer and finding that you are on an alien planet. Nothing looks remotely familiar, and the people on this planet cannot communicate with you, nor you with them.

I take a deep breath, move over to the side of the room...away from the crush of human traffic and luggage going by and retrieve my World Mobal phone. What were those peculiar dialing instructions? Will I even have service on this phone in this location? Is it reliable? Were we crazy to plan this on our own? Marianne and Laura have traveled to Paris and Venice before, and Sharon has been to Ireland. I've traveled extensively throughout the U. S., but the only foreign lands I've ever been in were Canada, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Bermuda and Jamaica. What if I can't find them or reach them by phone? Do we even know what to expect without a tour guide to direct us?

A visit to will present you with links to all formats of the books from which excerpts have been featured on this particular blog site during Boomer Lit Fridays.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Mary Anne


  1. Yes, coming into an unknown airport...well described, that angst as you step off the plane!

  2. You did a great job of describing your panic. My husband and I were traveling in Europe and got separated in an airport, so I can definitely relate to your fears. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

  3. Might be a travel memoir, but pulls the reader into the scene like fast paced fiction. Well done.

  4. Makes me want to get on the plane, but knowing I cannot, I'll take second best and read the book.

  5. Thanks so much for the comments from everyone! They are greatly appreciated, and this was certainly fun to write!

  6. Mary-Anne - just the title of your book makes my mouth water. Italy and limencello - a marriage made in heaven.

    I can't wait to read more. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I'm on the BoomerLitFriday blog for the first time today. :-) I'd love you to pop by and say hello, and hopefully enjoy my extremely short excerpt from Let Angels Fly, set in Cambodia.

    Noelle Clark