Kerrie's Blog: TOAL


On Sunday I will be embarking on foreign land....literally!  My parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and decided to take a cruise on the Mediterranean.  They told us over family dinner months and months ago and with a mouth full of ziti I said "I'm going".  14 people later and we're off to Barcelona!  A 12 day cruise stopping in Nice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik has me crazy excited and I've officially dubbed the trip as TOAL (trip-of-a-lifetime)!

I've heard horror stories about pickpockets but I'm tough so nobody will mess with me....and I also purchased one of those (awful-looking) wallet things you wear as a necklace under your clothes.  I heard that they actually dress like Nuns and ask you what time it is right before they jump you.  Try me sister! 

I've had visions of the Vatican, spaghetti noodles and cobblestone streets for a long time coming and now that it's fast approaching the butterflies are beginning to dance.

I'll miss AR and please be sure to take care of each other while I'm gonel!!!



Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 46 commentsKerrie La Guardia • June 01 2011 02:03PM


As long as you come back, we'll hold down the fort until you return. Have a wonderful time and congratulations to your parents on their 40th anniversary!


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie--How exciting!!!  Hawaii and Canada are the farthest away from the Midwest I have ever been, so I will be especially excited to read about your travels.  I hear that European men LOVE American women, so maybe you will need to watch out for more than your money! :-)  Have a wonderful time.  (I just have to ask how it happened that your parents announced a romantic trip to celebrate their 40th and now they have 14 people accompanying them???)

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) almost 8 years ago

So that's what TOAL stands for! Can't wait to see all the pics you take. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 8 years ago

Craig - You're in charge while I'm gone!  rut row! :)

Pat - It was kind of a domino effect....good thing my parents are cool and of 'The more the merrier' mindset.

Barbara - Thanks!  Barbara is my mom's name too.

Chris Ann - TOAL! TOAL! TOAL!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

Sounds wonderful. Recharge! and have a good time.  You are very lucky to already have a TOAL. There should be an age minimum and you should not qualify and I would. LOL.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie,  I am so excited for you -- it will be a wonderful trip. All those cities are fantastic and Rome is my favorite. The horror stories that you hear are always exaggerated.  Just relax and enjoy everything. I'm looking forward to your photos.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) almost 8 years ago


There is nothing like a family adventure to create a lifetime of memories.

Have a wonderful trip and take lots of pictures so you can share with your Active Rain family when you get back!

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) almost 8 years ago

Sandi - Speaking of recharge I better get one of those plug converters....thanks!

Gary - I'm assuming that's the case with the horror stories.  I'll be sure to take a ton of pics.

Judi - Lifetime of memories is what I'm hoping for!  :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

Have fun! I cant wait to see the pictures you share when you get back!

Posted by Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest (Keller Williams Realty Southwest) almost 8 years ago

Wow ! What a great trip !!!!!   Have fun ...send pictures !!!!   See you when you get home........

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale ( almost 8 years ago

Trip of a lifetime?  Shucks, I thought it said To Al.  Oh well.  Have a wonderful and safe vacation Kerrie.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 8 years ago

YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A BLAST!! Can you put me in your suitcase???? It will be a trip of a lifetime.. Just be careful... I'm sure your a tough girl, you'll probably shank anybody that looks at you Have a great time and don't do anything that is going to keep you from getting through customs.. :)

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

That looks like an exciting trip! Do you know about the Google Translate app?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie - Have a wonderful time and take plenty of photos to share with us upon your return!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

Mike - I'll be sure to post!

Robert - Thanks buddy...I miss you already!

Al - It did, it did!!!  :)

Stacey - There is NO room in my suitcase, trust me!  2 weeks and I only get to bring one suitcase....oh em gee!

John - Good looking out, thanks!!

Barbara-Jo - Will do!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

have a wonderful time and we will be waiting on your blog you will have lots of subject matter!!  Congrats to your parents awesome achievement, awesome trip reward :)

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) almost 8 years ago

ONE SUITCASE!!!!! For 2 weeks!! That is unreasonable... Now a suitcase per week that is manageable.... But just one for 2 weeks!! I hope you got a really big suitcase! :) 

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

I've had many friends who have gone on the cruise and have a ball. Congrats! You are lucky and have a great time… 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 8 years ago

Oh Wow! That is a TOAL!! Out of those cities I have only been to Venice (make sure you play a tourist and ride a gondola, just one of those things you gotta do when you are there). Have a blast!

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) almost 8 years ago

It is great you are able to drop everything and go although it does sound like a well planned trip

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 8 years ago

Marilyn - 40 years is nuts!!!

Stacey - Tell me about it!!  I'm stressing big time!

Paul - Sweet!!!  Glad to hear it and I'll be sure to report back.

Shar - I am going to tourist it up for sure!  Camera, map, socks to my knees :)

William - I have to go....never been before and it's something I need to do.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie ~ Wow, TOAL for sure and 40 years God Bless your parents ~ Frank and I have been married 35 years, which is pretty darn good!! Have a wonderful trip ~ Are you sure you want to have Craig in charge? Be safe, enjoy, you will be missed!! Darn still waiting to get in a success story on a Friday ~ soon?

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) almost 8 years ago

I'm not so sure we can function without you. Just be sure to check in everyday and let us know how much fun you're having.


Posted by Carl Winters almost 8 years ago

Have super fun, be safe and if someone dressed like a nun tries to mug you take their photo and email it to me and I'll send my Donald to get them.   Tell your folks happy anniversary.  Is it this month?  And you will be taking a ton of photos won't you? 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 8 years ago

You are in for a trip of a lifetime and spending it with family...well it doesn't get any better! Have a wonderul time. Keep your camera handy so you can share your adventures with us. Also you need to keep your points up while away!

Happy Anniversary..they did something major right...just look at you!


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie - Have a fantastic trip and wish your parents a very happy anniversary.  See you in two weeks and look forward to all of your photographs and stories! :)

Posted by FN LN almost 8 years ago

Oh, No, 2 weeks without our girl. You're going to love it, and the cities you're going to be in are wonderful. Happy Anniversary to your parents, as for the strange things that happen on a trip, make sure you wear you wear well padded in the rear pants, those Italian men like to pinch a pretty girl's 'cheeks'

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie-  I am absolutely so happy for you.. enjoy yourself.. take lots of pics...relax and have a good time. Congratulations to your parents on their 40th anny.  We'll be looking for stories on food, sights and who knows what else!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Karen - 35 years is quite impressive.  I trust hope that Craig will do a fine job.

C&C - You will be just fine :)

Tammy - Ha, will do!!  Their anniversary is in September but June is supposed be a great time to cruise.

Miss Rome - You're so sweet!  xoxoxo

Marc - I will be sure to share them!

Ed - You'll be in Italy too?!?:)

Kathy - You got it!  I hope I don't gain too much weight!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago
How wonderful! Congratulations to the happy couple and the family for sharing this special time together! So sweet!
Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie, no need to bring me anything back. Hah! Have fun. Oh my, the food, the wine, the memories!

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) almost 8 years ago

Joni - I'm excited to bond with the fam!

Charles - If I have any room in my suitcase....

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

How exciting! You will have so much fun. Just be careful and enjoy yourself.

Posted by Debra Davis, Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) almost 8 years ago

Hey, Kerrie!  Take a whole lot of pictures and give us daily updates.  We want a travelogue.  You'll have an amazing time, and remind me to share the story of my cousin and pickpocketing children at a railroad station.  Hmmm.  Maybe I'll write a blog about it.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Debra - But my middle name is Danger ;)

Pat - If I were going to Paris I'd want you right next to me to show me all the secret shops!  I won't have internet...well there is internet but I'm too cheap to pay for it.  :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 8 years ago

Congrats to your parents.. and I know you'll have an awesome time.  I'll look forward to the pics!!

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie - while I'm so envious, I'm so happy for you! This will be the trip of a lifetime and one someday I'd love to take myself. Take lots of pictures to share your travels with us! Forget about everything else and just enjoy the beauty of your trip! Can't wait to hear the detail and I "pity the fool" who tries to mess with you - lol!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hey, Kerrie!  Have a great time, and I included this post in Last Week's Favorites

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

OMG, Kerrie - that is so awesome.  You will have the best time, and i'm so jealous.  Years ago for my parent's 30th anniversary, they took my brother and me to South Africa for 2 weeks.  It was much different vs. traveling w/ them when we were kids.  You are going to some amazing places - I've been to several and would like to go to the ones I've missed.  Enjoy.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

What a great trip mapped out!  Enjoy and celebrate 40 years.  What a tribute for them too.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in CentralVirginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the happy reminders of my trip to Spain & Italy. If you get a chance, stop in the town of Sitges on the beach outside Barcelona - beautiful sunsets and quaint beaches.  Best of luck!

P.S.  There's nothing like tasting wine in 14th century buildings!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) almost 8 years ago

Kerrie...we will miss you...but you deserve a 'little' break once in a while..(while=5 years)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 8 years ago

Enjoy the trip Kerrie. I did "get separated" from my wallet while in Rome visiting the Coliseum way back in 1990. It sounds like you are prepared. It does sound like it will be a one of a kind adventure.

Posted by Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) almost 8 years ago


Can't wait to hear all your great stories when you get back. I know you'll have fun!


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie by now you are back so my advise to "watch out" for those Italian men is too late. Hope you had a great time and congrats to your parents

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( almost 8 years ago

Kerrie - I would love to know where your family booked this wonderful cruise - was it AAA or a regular travel agency? This looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago