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Thursday, December 6th:

The alarm went off at 5:00 a.m.

Today was our last day trip that would take us to Tivoli Gardens and Hadrian’s Villa.

During the night, I kept waking up thinking it was dawn when we were only still in the wee morning hours.

Yet again, I did not get out of bed till 5:30.

It has long been a family tradition that when on the road Frank is the keeper of the coffee.

If we are lucky enough to have a coffee maker in the room, Frank was the first person to operate it.

If there was no coffee maker available, then it would be his task to set out by dawn’s early light and procure however much coffee we needed, plus an extra one for luck.

Now, I’ll have you know that long before our journey even began, indeed even when our plans were still in in the infancy stages, Frank had put a great deal of thought into how he could provide the morning quota caffeine sustinence for his family while on holidays.

And he took this undertaking very seriously too.

Allow me now to share with you how he proposed to provide coffee for us in our hotel room each morning:

First, he went out and purchased a small ‘two cup’ plug in water heater, along with the appropriate electrical outlet that would plug into the wall.

In case you didn’t know, Italy’s electrical outlets are different from ours.

Next, Frank went out and purchased several packages of Starbucks instant coffee singles.

Sure, we could have gone for something cheaper, but when in Rome, you just cannot drink inferior coffee.

It’s just plain wrong.

As for the creamers, Frank found a wonderful product called ‘Mooey’s’ available on American store shelves.

Little capsules of cream that do not go bad, and tasted good.

We brought three small plastic mugs and sweetener.

And there you go…

In less than five minutes, we were able to climb back into bed and nuzzle a hot cup of coffee, and Starbucks no less!

And that is how Frank was able to provide coffee for the three of us in our own hotel room.

I am such a lucky, and very grateful wife.