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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

Mar 6, 2011 - Bologna

Today I woke up in Milan. I got a little bit of a late start because I made my room completely black last night so the sunlight didn’t wake me up for once. Not like I slept that late, I still got up at 7:30. I went and got the rental car. It is so cute. It’s a little white fiat. It has some really cool energy features like when you sit at a light and take your foot off of the clutch and put the car in neutral it shuts off. Then when you touch the clutch it starts back up. Needless to say that freaked me out the first couple times it...

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Nov 25, 2010 - I'll have two...

We headed north from Florence (new Ikea duvet tucked away in the back; we'd seen the weather forecast oh yes). We drove up through the Futa Pass, which is about half way between Florence and Bologna, and stayed the night at a site in the pass which was pretty good apart from the lack of hot water in the showers. Unbelievable at this time of year, and it was a shame as the toilets, showers, dishwashing, laundry etc were absolutely lovely. It's amazing the difference in the quality of the facilities between sites. It's also amazing how you...

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Oct 8, 2010 - Ferrara

So we rolled out of Ostiglia to a few drops of rain, and by the time we crossed the river and turn left, the rain had stopped, the sun was about to come out, and there were signs galore telling us we were on our way to Ferrara. Of course, there were no turns to go anywhere but Ferrara, but never mind. Ferrara is competing with a lot of nearby destinations, but for a couple of cyclists, it is a dream destination. We have never seen so many cyclists, ever. Riding every kind of bike in every kind of outfit, in any kind of weather. Suits,...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Piacenza

If you had to pick a town to have an unplanned rest day, Piacenza is a great place to do it. In fact, it is so nice, we rested two days! Now it is lacking the great art museums, but it has everything else the big cities of Italy have, but at 1/20th the size. It is also lacking one other thing compared to other big Italian cities - tourists. As we were told "only Italians and a few Germans visit here". It does have one thing that we are starting to notice on this trip - immigrants. Many, many immigrants of every nationality, all speaking...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Certosi di Pavia to Piacenza

An epic day - the beauty and the beast of cycle touring. Everything was going great, we went from our bucolic canalside to country lanes and argines (levees) along the river Po, until 15k from our finish, we turned onto a very busy road, which was expected toward Piacenza. We started gritting our teeth, but then less than a kilometer from when we entered this "freeway" a "argine Po" sign appeared, which was not expected. So without a map detailing this Argine, we chose this route over the freeway. To say the least it was a beautiful...

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Aug 24, 2010 - Ravenna, Italy

Tuesday August 24 - Ravenna, Italy - Ravenna is quite a ways from the port so we had to be bused into town. We are the first ship to dock at the new port of Ravenna and the captain is having a champagne toast with the port authorities today at 10 AM. We won’t see this as we will already be in town doing our walking tour of Ravenna - home of the best preserved examples of Byzantine mosaics in the world and they are spectacular. Ravenna is a very pleasant Italian city, very clean and friendly. The city is inland, but is connected to the...

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May 8, 2010 - There and Back Again ...

Tolkien was right … no matter the journey, its great to get home… So, 17 boys …9 days… 4 games … and 2 transatlantic flights later … all good intentions went out the window once the plane hit the tarmac… I intended to get this out Monday, but then life intervened... The short version is that it was a very successful trip on all fronts… the boys played well and represented Region 1 and their country with distinction, both on and off the field … culturally they spent a concentrated period of time in a foreign culture and embraced the...

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