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Old 11-13-2006, 01:14 PM   #21
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Sarah - sorry to hear your mother's dream trip ended so badly for her. I also hope to take my mother back to visit Sicily one day, but am reminded that sooner is better than later. Thanks.
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:03 PM   #22
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Sarah, that is a sad story. I hope your mother recovers some of her confidence, but from my experience, a setback like that can be devastating. After my mother had a a major heart attack, triple bypass and a valve replacement we were able to take her on her last "dream trip" a cruise to Alaska. The trip itself was fantastic, she was healthy enough to enjoy, and it was the first and last time in 30 years that my brother and I spent a week together with her. Her health declined rapidly a few years later, so we were always very grateful that we did the cruise.

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Old 11-13-2006, 02:21 PM   #23
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My lesson learned is travel now, while you can. I hope to one day get back to see Rome, the Italian Rivera, and Venice but sadly, without Mom. Sarah
Sorry to hear that; wife and I spent a week in Tuscany (Colle Val D'Elsa to be exact) and loved it. The landlady at our villa treated us like family. We toured all over, Siena, Florence, Pisa, and other places and loved it, food was fantastic, and the people treated us well.

Also sorry to hear about the bad experience in Morocco. That's a place I'd like to visit, but not anymore. Not like Morocco at Epcot apparently.
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I think that unless you are between 18-38 a fully packed trip that doesn't allow for rest is asking for a disaster. I went with my Mom on an Elderhostel trip to Hungary when she was about 70 and in early Parkinson's. We both did well. Later she went on another Elderhostel trip to the South Pacific and had a ball.

So, don't let your Mom give up on herself. Just reconsider ventures that involve climbing uneven walk ways. Go to Austrailia, for example. DH and I did that when he was 65 and hadn't had his knees replaced.

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We then came home, 7 days early. The trip will likely be her last "big trip". She really lost a lot of confidence and I had no idea what it is like to recover from a fall like that when you are her age. It is a depressing ending to a much-anticipated trip.

My lesson learned is travel now, while you can. I hope to one day get back to see Rome, the Italian Rivera, and Venice but sadly, without Mom. Sarah
I'm sorry to hear about that unfortunate accident but try to convince your mother to be optimistic. When my mother was in her mid 70s she broke her hip climbing down some sort of access stairs on an Alaska Cruise. They had to fly her back to Phoenix on a board taking up a whole row on the airplane. She loved traveling and was back on a train trip in Mexico with my sister a couple of years later. Problems with that hip ended up tying her down later but she traveled as long as she could and enjoyed every minute of it.
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