Technology and Travel, in Rome

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Who knew technology and travel would come together so beautifully to  deliver a 2017 Mother’s Day gift for me?

Emma has been living in Rome for what seems like forever to me, and too short for her.  I’ve missed her so much and looked forward to visiting her.

Technology enabled the travels plans from discussing what days were best for her and for me, to confirming my work calendar, and booking flights.  After that, technology allowed us to discuss itineraries online while we were apart at times that worked for both our time zones.

Technology helped her meet Roberto in Rome, and he used technology to capture our photo today at the Trevi Fountain.  We used technology to check on the best travel route between sites we wanted to see today and technology to download podcasts and listen to them on my fantastic AirPods so we could each have one in our ear and the other ear available to hear each other talk.

And when we got to the Fountain – the sounds, the people, the beauty. We each made our wish and threw in our coin.  Or as they say in Italy – ‘our dream’. What an experience!

Yes, we could have done all of these things before technology existed in its current form.  But we would have spent more time and probably been more frustrated along the way.

So instead, we spent most of the day – Mother’s Day at that – enjoying the walk, enjoying the sites, and enjoying each other.

What a fantastic way to spend this sunny, warm, and magical day.

Now if I could just find a way to use technology to heal the sprained knee I caused on the Roman cobblestone streets, that would be the icing on the cake.  🎂


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