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Jun 9, 2015 - Bologna in 36 hours!

Bologna Not entirely trusting our GPS, Roberto and Alessia gave us directions on how to get to Bologna. Simple, they say. What they didn't say was that they were directing us to the Autostrada, a three land free-for-all. Posted speed is 130 kph and everyone is travelling a lot faster than that. Neither of us is liking the experience, so we head off the highway to take the coastal route. However, after dozens of huge roundabouts (some call them rotaries here) on our way through Rimini and Ravenna, we head back to the autostrada, change...

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May 8, 2015 - Bologna food tour

OMG! What a day we had today!! We were picked up at 7:05 am at our hotel. We quickly ate a breakfast before thinking we wouldn't have a chance to eat for quite awhile - wrong! A black large van picked us up and already had four other people inboard - couple from Texas and a young Asian couple from San Francisco. Really nice people! We headed out if town to the Parmesan Reggano factory. There were two more black vans there already withe the rest of our group and Allessandro, our very animated and knowledgable tour guide. This tour was...

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Sandys Travels

May 7, 2015 - Travel day to Bologna

We were up and had breakfast using up the last of the eggs. With the bread left I made chicken and cheese sandwiches to take on the train. It was chicken left from night before when I cooked some chicken to go on my leftover salad. Adriana came at 10:00 to check us out, get keys, and call us a cab. He came in five minutes. We each actually were able to take our luggage down in one trip. Edie hurt her leg on suitcase - cut and badly bruised. We sat in a McDonalds till just before train arrived. It was a large and VERY busy McDonalds. Got on...

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Sandys Travels

Mar 14, 2014 - Hard to say Goodbye

Hard to Say Goodbye After my whirlwind week with Sandra, as my departure day of Friday approached, Sandra asked me repeatedly to stay until Monday. Finally she called in the big guns one night and handed me the phone as I was poring over the map at the kitchen table. “Hello?” “Hi honey, it’s Lisa!” “Hey, how are ya? It’s so good to hear your voice. Did Sandra call you, I didn’t hear the phone ring?” “Well, she’s asked me to convince you to stay until Monday. So listen….” And she proceeded to convince me to stay until Monday, using...

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Mar 13, 2014 - Oh, the Places You'll Go

Oh, the Places You’ll Go I was scheduled to leave Alessandra’s on Friday, so we packed as much in as we could during my stay. The day after our marathon walk to San Lucas, we started our driving tours. Our first daytrip was to Ferrara, then Comacchio and Pomposa, both on the coast. Ferrara was a wonderful exhibition of Alessandra’s quest for information from strangers. This was where she stopped the truck driver, and about eight other people in the two hours we were there, to ask them whatever popped into her head. It was fascinating to...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home The next five days were spent on the go with Alessandra. The first morning, she got up before I did and had my coffee and breakfast laid out like I was in a B&B, but once she showed me how to use the little silver expresso pot, I usually woke up before her and tried to have her coffee ready for her when she came into the kitchen. She fussed over me constantly, worried that I wasn’t eating enough for breakfast, making sure I had all the coffee I could stand, packing us 100 snacks for the road trips we took nearly every...

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Mar 10, 2014 - Amazing Alessandra

Amazing Alessandra I was heading for Bologna after a rough night in an iffy hostel in Modena. I had an all female room, but one of the females, who was old enough to know better, laid in her bed and chatted away on her cell phone at full volume voice, from 10pm until 11pm. The next morning, her alarm went off at 6:30am and she hit the snooze button every five minutes until 7:15am. I would have said something, or shot her, but I couldn’t speak her language and I didn’t have a gun, so I just laid on my bed and prayed for patience. The other...

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Jan 6, 2012 - Bologna and Florence

So we woke up this morning, at 8, and the sun was shining for the first time since I got to Venice. It kind of stunk that this happened to be the day we left Venice. Although, it was also nicethat my last memory of Venice was the sun shining and reflecting on the grand canal. So we got up, ate breakfast at the hotel, packed up our stuff and said goodbye to Venice. We took the vaporetti, the water transport, to the train station. We boarded a train and an hour and a half later we were in Bologna. We met up with Adam's professor, Peter, who...

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Trip to Italy 2012

Nov 8, 2011 - Bologna

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Bologna emerged in the 6th century BC and over the course of its history it has been conquered by a wide assortment of invaders including tribes from Gaul, the Romans and then the Visigoths, the Huns, the Goths and the Lombards. During the 12th century, the city was the site of a leading European university and the wealth of the region was displayed prominently as over 160 towers were erected, each one meant to outdo its neighbour. A tight array of stunning palazzi graced the cityscapes within the medieval walls, and...

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Year 6: Pole To Pole

Sep 23, 2011 - Mantua and Bologna, Italy

We left Verona after two wonderful days of meandering, eating, drinking wine and generally have a blast, headed for the town of Bologna for a two night visit. In route, we stopped in the fortress village of Mantua. This ancient city served as a home for the powerful Gonzaga (yes the University in the US is named after this saint) families that ruled the northern Venetian Empire during the middle ages. We visited the Ducal Palace which took up about 1/3 of the walled city. It contained fabulous painting and frescos by many famous Italian...

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Sep 15, 2011 - chickens in Italy

Today was a very long, but exciting day! I went to bed early last night, after getting a tour of our headquarters in Florence and learning all about the poultry market in Italy. Today, I woke up at 5am Italy time (11pm USA) to travel to Bologna, and northern Italy with a colleague, to visit farms and customers. What a blast! Breakfast was interesting. Typical breakfast in Italy does not include eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, cereal, etc. It usually consists of pastries and coffee (what we would call espresso). We pulled into a ga...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Bologna

Oh boy left the crazy chaos of Rome and drove 6 hours today to town called Bolognia. Stayed in lovely hotel 2 km from town centre and walked 5 minutes down the road (in the rain) to enjoy tea in an Italian - Chinese Restaurant, recommended to us by the hotel reception. Yes sounds strange but great, great tasty food. Enjoyed bright modern hotel and repacked our bags ready for the cruise, YAH!!!!

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