We were in the early planning stages of our impending trip to Italy when Frank first mentioned that he wanted to take a day trip to visit Tivoli Gardens.
My reaction was…
“You want to go and tour a garden in Italy…
…In late fall?”
“Besides, you never visit gardens…”
The discussion didn’t end there:
“What is the point in seeing gardens in the winter when everything will be dead?” I asked him.
I envisioned barren trees and shrubs devoid of life.
Empty gardens filled with dried fallen leaves.
It sounded so depressing.
He gave me the courtesy of thinking it over for a day.
However, in the end, he remained adamant.
Further, he not only wanted to visit Tivoli Gardens, but Emperor Hadrian’s Villa as well.
They were both featured on a half day trip.
I agreed and resigned myself to this four hour day trip. At least the whole day won’t be wasted.
Looking back now, I was never more wrong in my life.
The time we spent at Hadrien’s Villa and Tivoli Gardens were the most magical moments of our whole trip.
Once I got there…
…..I didn’t want to leave!