Sunday, 17 April 2011

Homer's Guide to Italy (and Hello to Singapore)

Well folks, I'm sad to say that it's now time for me to leave my beloved Italy. I can't help but feeling nostalgic when I think of all the booti-ful places I've visited in my year and half here. There was Rome (twice), Florence (twice), Milan, Verona, Naples, Genoa, Bologna, Pisa, Pompeii, Assisi, Orvieto, Como (twice) and, not forgetting, my home town of Lodi. Of course, I also got to travel to exotic places outside of Italy like Nice, Monaco, Barcelona and Avignon

During my time here, I've tried my paws at so many pastimes like gardening, swimming, hiking and bird watching

But, most importantly of all, it is the booti-ful dogs and the wonderful people which I have met here who have captured my heart. It was Paco, Milo and Maya (plus Simona and Marco) who first made me feel at home in my new country and with whom I had such wonderful times. Then I met up with Lucille, Nicoletta and Mario who have continued to provide fantastic friendship right up to my departure. 

As a tribute to the lovely places I've visited, the wonderful people I've met and the fantastic things I've experienced, here's a little montage (with vaguely appropriate music!) of my time in Italy... 

So, it's arrivederci Italy...

...and Hello (again) Singapore!

I'll tell you all about my journey from Italy to Singapore in my next posting.


George the Lad said...

Oh Homer it brought a tear to my eye watching your video, you have some beautiful photos of the time you have been there.
Have a safe journey,
See Yea George xxx

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Homer, I wish you and your family a safe journey, and I hope you will let us know where you are--I've so enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading about your new adventures!!

Take care, and again, safe travels!!!

Penny's Mumma said...

oh my, safe travels sweet homer and family!!
I hope you are comfortable in your new crate for the long flight. I think I speak for many when I say we all look forward with bated (doggy?) breath to your next post. Don't wait too long to let us know how you all faired with the move. Be well!!

Penny's Mumma said...

OMG I posted above before I watched your video..Incredible!! How can you leave Italy it's so beautiful. I loved the pictures of you Homer. Showed it to my husband too, as The godfather is his favorite movie. How did you manage to find the time to make that while packing up all your toys??

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a great way to wrap up the time you have had in Italy!!! We enjoyed perusing through all your different posts. We really miss Paco, Maya, and Milo - we hope they are OK since we haven't heard from them in such a long time.

Safe travels to Singapore and we can't wait to hear from you once you are unpacked and settled.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciaraq

Charlie said...

Have a safe trip, Homer!

Lucille said...

I am so happy to see you are fine!
I was looking forward to hearing about your journey! I kept looking around to see if could get hold of your Missus ;)!
Glad to hear everything is fine with you, Vanessa and Bill :)!!!
Oh yes please, tell me all about your journey, I'd love to know all about it, about where you are now, about how your Missus is doing!
Love, Lucille

Molly's Mum said...

Italy looks fabulous, I think you're going to miss it but I'm sure there are many adventures waiting for you in Singapore. Safe journey :)

The Life of Riley said...

My human and I loved watching your montage - so many wonderful memories.

Have a safe trip to your new home.


Asta said...

What bootiful memowies you and youw families have made in Italy.
I've only been to Wome, but mommi and Daddi have seen some of those othew places and loved them all.
It's wondewful that you get to have so many adventoowes and see so many fantastcal places.
I know Singapowe will be mawvelous too.
do you wemembew being bown thewe?
I'm suwe it will all come back once you awwive.
I can't wait to see youw fuwthew adventoowes
Safe Twip to all of you
smoochie kisses

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khan I take your place in Italy?

PeeEssWoo: Of khourse, my mom wants to khome too!

Maggie and Mitch said...

What beautiful pictures in your slide show, Homer! Travel safe!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Angus said...

Safe journey.

Amber-Mae said...

OH I bet everybody's gonna miss you & your hoomies in Italy! Me hopes you guys have a very safe trip back to Singapore.

Momo and Pinot said...

Hello Homer, we just saw your handsome photos on Lucille's blog and made up jump to your blog. Wow, you're international traveller!!! We'll look forward to reading more adventure of you and your family.

Safe trip!

Momo & Pinot xoxo

Wild Dingo said...

I did see this the other day but I'm always reading "between" other activities and sometimes i forget to write. I loved the vids... made me nostalgic. i need to find some hotels in france and italy that take pets. do you have any suggestions on where to look on the web? (seriously)... i'm so behind on doing "vacationing" research... ugh.

anyway, i'm bummed we didn't meet. but i'm thrilled to hear about Singapore! hope you're happy to go back!
wild dingo

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

What a beautiful montage and tribute, all in one. Safe journey, notre ami [mama has a little French, no Italian]. Let us know you got there safely!

Jed & Abby

Oskar said...

Lovely post. You're sure on the move!

My name is Oskar & I have a blog that I'd love for you to check out, It's a great place for pet bloggers to find each other and get some exposure!

Nubbin wiggles,

Carol from Down Under said...

Hi Homer, what a wonderful tribute to Italy and its beauty. Hope your trip was happy and look forward to more adventures. No worries, love Carol

Penny's Mumma said...

Heh Homer, how r u and your family? Are you there yet?! Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you in new surroundings. The airline folks better use extra TLC when handling your crate...Special cargo!
Hope all those toys are the first things to get unpacked!

Sam said...

We can't wait for pictures!