Was it the unending car ride to get there and back? No, certainly not.
Was it posing at the leaning tower of Pisa, over and over and over to get that perfect "classic" shot with Aunt Betsy?
Was it the beautiful, breathtaking, serene settings of Tuscan hillsides that tugged at their tiny hearts?
Well, you might think, but that was more the case for their mom...
NO,..they've seen an awful lot of those and really, didn't want a "do over".
(but again, mom didn't mind at all!)
What they DID like about the duomos was jumping from the steps, but still, this was not their most favorite thing. This was not what they called "the Best Thing about the Tuscany trip".
So it must have been the food right? Italy's food is amazing!
Or the countless gelatti,
Did we mention it was not the daily dose of gelati? No.
Neither was their favorite part, waiting outside shops while mom and Aunt Betsy perused charming stores (while they entertained themselves by rolling a chestnut to each other).
The art? Surely their favorite thing about Tuscany must have been the spectacular art surrounding them? Even chalk on the sidewalks was outstanding....
NO, this was not their "best part" either. Hard to believe it wasn't. But it wasn't.
So their favorite part was having Aunt Betsy along?
No, though she was a welcome asset, they didn't even find her the best part. Shocking, but true.
Was it the cabin? They had longed to return to the cabin in Tuscany and play at the campground there.
No, that wasn't their favorite part of the trip either.
Yes, it's lovely, but this isn't quite what captured the kids. Sorry to say.
Pretending to be like tough Italians? Maybe?
No. But the kids like to pretend a lot.
I Know! The drive through the Alps to get there. That must be the best part right? Afterall, you can hardly get closer to heaven.
Unfortunately, for mom this is one of the best parts, but for the kids, not such a great moment, because afterall, they were still stuck in a car all day.
Nope. You'll never guess what their "best thing" about Tuscany was....
Consequently, so did I. This was their favorite part. The BEST THING about the last trip to Tuscany. Who knew? A lesson learned, over and over, with kids. Like all things Tuscan, keep it simple and you'll be awestruck.