On Tuesday morning I taste tested the last of the big five gelati shops in Rome then we took the Leonardo Express to Fiumicino Airport. Our flight to Dubai departed at 3.25 pm and took six hours.
We had a stop over of a little more than two hours then boarded our QANTAS flight to Melbourne. Thirteen hours & twenty minutes later we arrived in Melbourne - and it was 9 pm on Wednesday!
Another overnight stop in a hotel and another train trip and we arrived home in Benalla about 2.30 pm Thursday.
So that is one reason why we stay away so long!
It seems as though it hasn't stopped raining since we left Benalla. 300 millimetres of rain has fallen in the almost 12 weeks we have been away. Webbed feet or gumboots are a necessity.