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May 25, 2015 - Zurich - Rome

We took off from Hong Kong late last night and had a really great flight to Zurich. We both managed to get a fair amount of sleep and we are now at the Zurich airport waiting for our flight to Rome this afternoon. The Zurich airport is the most amazing, clean, modern, organised airport I have ever seen. I am already getting into the swing of Switzerland with a Toblerone on the plane at about 2am and a delicious swiss chocolate in the airport lounge for my second breakfast. I may have to sample a few more before our flight this afternoon! We...

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May 22, 2015 - Rome, Italy (Days 3 & 4)

Well day 3 was a busy one. We thought we would try our luck riding the railway in Rome and we managed to find ourselves at our destination ...... the Vatican City. Now we'd been told before that it is worth paying an extra 10 - 15 euros and skip the queue, that way we would be able to just enter the museum first, the Vatican and finally St Paul's Basilica. So we found a little Indian guy who promised us no queues. We followed him down an alley and into this tiny little shop front. We each (Daff, Paul, Craig and I) paid our 50 euros and...

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May 21, 2015 - Rome - Part 2

Rome is such a massive city in so many ways. Massive churches almost around every corner, the huge personalities of the locals, and vast crowds at every iconic landmarks of Rome. So, it's lovely to happen across the small treasures that also make this city memorable. Around one corner, in the nook of an old stone staircase, is a small fig tree trying to set down roots. Along another street are a group of four young boys, about 6-8 years of age, playing football (soccer) and arguing about whether there was a goal. Through an open doorway is...

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May 18, 2015 - Visiting the Vatican

Up at 7:30 – a late morning! Down to breakfast at the hotel – continental style. About 9:00 we meet Ennio our guide at the hotel lobby. We walk over a couple blocks and he stops to show us one of the markers showing where Jewish people had been taken and sent to the concentration camps. Finally we go down into the Rome metro and head off to the Vatican. The first thing we saw was the very very long line of people waiting to get tickets to get into the Vatican. Must have been 500+ people. Since we had made arrangements with the guide we got...

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May 18, 2015 - Rome - Part 1

What can anyone say about Rome ... The Eternal City. We all know the iconic landmarks: The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps, to name a few. Even if you've not been to Rome, I bet you feel like you've been here because of documentaries, movies and phtos that you've seen. It's easy to conjure up images. But, it's not easy to give you the smells ... the enticing smell of pizzas being baked in the pizzeria'a stone oven ... the mouth-watering aroma of pasta sauce wafting out of a trattoria ... and the sweet...

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May 16, 2015 - Roma!

We finally landed in Rome about 10:00 AM and go through passport control then pick up our bags. We head out of the station and find our driver with little trouble. Then off we go through the heart of Rome. Pass many sights both old and new. At many intersections there were people with squeegees who would wash your car windows for a tip. The mostly looked like immigrants. After going around the block several times our driver had to call to find out where the hotel was. We finally arrived and we checked in. Very friendly clerk who joked...

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May 9, 2015 - Day 8

Following a casual breakfast we learned how to make pizza dough. We had some free time so we spent it walking around our hilltop town. Lunch consisted of handmade pizzas. All kinds of ingredients and a total in excess of 25 pizzas were make. Stuffed ourselves again. Following more free time we drove to the town of Frosione for shopping but nothing interested us. On to the historic thill top town of Boville Emica and Ristorante Il Frantolo for a wonderful family style meal. Again too much food and too much pain. We ve been a day behind so I...

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May 8, 2015 - Rome, Italy (days 1 and 2)

We disembarked on Thursday as planned then caught a cab into Rome itself. The port is about an hour from the city and we were originally going to take the train but that got all too hard for some. Our driver dropped us at the hotel - Best Western Hotel President - and first impressions it looks nice, 1 minute walk from the train and tram and a 10 minute walk to the Colosseum. Pretty good choice if I do say. The first day was going to be the lazy day as we were all pretty exhausted from a late night, early morning. We wandered down the road...

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May 8, 2015 - Day 7

After breakfast at the bar, we piled into the van to drive to the wine country. We toured thr vineyard in Val Comino and the Tullio winery. Tullio produces approx. 3,300 cases per year of Cabernet, Rose, and a white wine. Prices are remarkably cheap with the most expensive wine selling for 8 Euros. Afterwords, we took a short trip to the town of Atina, famous in Italy for it's annual jazz festival. Then to "Old Cantina Visocchi" now a totally restored antique winery and the restaurant "La Cannarddizie". Lunch was truly excellent. Following...

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May 6, 2015 - Day 6

After a light breakfast it was off to a tour of a small sausage making facility. Then on to the town of Guarcino to tour a prosciutto factory. Factory followed by a picnic lunch. The lunch had all the trimmings and and spreads. After a long van ride back we had some leisure time then back to class. We worked on a variety of "Primi Piatti" (first course). We learned how to make pasta dough and various types of pasta. We also saw a demonstration of how to make Zuppa do pane, pasta sauces and various pastas.. We are very impressed with the...

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May 5, 2015 - Day 4

After a breakfast at our headquarters in Castro dei Volsci, we set off to market day in town. It was a typical farmer's market day plus the other swap meet kind of stuff. Following that we took a short drive to a local cheese Caselficio to sample fresh Buffalo mozzarella. Then on to the Abbey of Fossanova. The abbey is a magnificent unadorned church dating back to (a long time ago). St Thomas Acquinas is buried here. Another longer drive to the Tyrrhenian seaside town of Terrachina. We viewed the sights and Ellen and Linda stuck their toes...

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May 4, 2015 - Day 3

A typical breakfast greeted us followed by a little leisure time. Then, off to olive oil country. We went to the town of Arpino. Birthplace of the Roman Cicero. Went to a traditional olive oil mill (Fantolo) and explored the process of making Extra Virgin Oilve Oil. Learned tasting secrets, and how California flavored olive oil is crap. Brought home some "Terra du Cicerone". Also made a side trip to the remains of a 7th Century BC fort. On the way home we stopped at Meringos for Gellato, our first of many. At 4:30 we started our cooking...

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