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Jun 2, 2012 - Cremona to Rimini 5/27- 6/01

From Cremona to Rimini One thing I've found along this trip is that I'm always pleasantly surprised. I've met a lot of cool people in different cities and in different countries and whenever I have to leave I think that " wow this place was really cool" and I don't think that I'll find something better. Which is kind of funny because I have had the same thoughts at least 20 times. The experiences keep flowing in and I'm continuously having fun in a variety of ways with a variety of people. So even though its hard sometimes to leave one...

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May 15, 2012 - Parma, Northern Italy

We had a nice week in Parma. It, like most Italian cities had plenty of beautiful churches, galleries and museums as well as a couple of splendid theatres. With a population of about 178,000 it is a very vibrant and clean city. With the university here, there are plenty of young people as well. And on the one night we went out late, we found everyone very well behaved while having fun...unlike the gold coast.! Parma is famous for its food and rich gastronomical tradition. Parmigiano cheese and Prosciutto (Palma Ham) are from this area. Its...

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Europe 2012

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 16, 2011 - San Giovanni to Rimini

Friday, September 16: Our next stop is Rimini, Italy on the Adriatic Sea on our return portion of the trip. Arrived in Rimini around noon and got checked in to a Best Western Hotel Nettunia, one block from the Adriatic. Spent the afternoon sunning and paddling around in the warm Adriatic Sea...31 C today.

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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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Jun 13, 2011 - 17. Venezia to Cortina

Day 30 Venezia to Tramonti di Sotto Last night was tricky because a restaurant next to the camp ground was having Karaoke and they went on until 11:30 when all I wanted to do was get to sleep. Eventually half a Restavit tablet helped but we had an early start with breakfast at 6:30 instead of 7:00. WE left our camp at Punta Sabbioni and rode along a beach front lined with campings and hotels for about 30km. It was along here that Terry and Bruce had a collision caused by some silly youths which resulted in Terry's back wheel and Bruce's...

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May 1, 2011 - Bologna seen from a less touristy point of view

It was incredible to know that at the end of my train ride in Italy i would have a familiar face to greet me and take care of me...the dream of someone who had been figuring out strange cities on their own all week. And that is exactly what happened! Amy met me with open arms and a plan I did not need to contribute to at all. Bologna was a great change from the other cities I saw. Amy took me out the first night while we were there, to taste real Bolognaise food, but after that we cooked in her apartment! After a week in Italy and four...

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Vie d'E en Toulouse

Apr 18, 2011 - Bologna

We are now in Bologna after 3 days of driving through Tuscany and the Chianti area. It was a beautiful drive great sights along the way. While in Bologna we had an "Italian Dining Experience. We toured a cheese factory where they were making Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a vineyard where they make "Aceto Balsamic Tradizionale di Modena Vinegar" the process takes 14 years and a factory that aged pork butts for Prosciutto ham. The finale was a traditional Italian lunch with Pasta dishes, meats, cheese and pastries of the region. It was very...

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Apr 15, 2011 - Bologna & Milan

So, I ended my time in Siena by wandering around until I finally got lost. I was going to attempt a daring crossing way down and then way back up to what looked like the cathedral near my hotel. Thank goodness I didn't because that wasn't the right one! I turned around and followed signs and it turned out I was only a few blocks from the main piazza. It seems that all roads lead there. Had to waste time until 7:30 when the restaurants open so I ended up unwittingly attending mass in an ancient cathedral for about 10 minutes. I felt so...

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Tuscany 2011

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