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Jul 16, 2013 - Rome! Days 3 - 4

Hello Everyone! Chelsea and I have done so much these past few days! I can't believe it's already time for us to leave Rome! Last time I wrote I had mentioned that we were going to attempt to see the Baths, which are right near our hotel. Around 6 that night we went to grab some gellato (side story- I managed to slip and fall down a set of marble stairs in our hotel room - didn't get hurt or anything other than a few bruises :)we just sat laughing on the steps for like 5 minutes after) then walked back to our hotel. After we had been inside...

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Jul 14, 2013 - First 2 days in Rome!

Hi everyone! Our first two days in Italy have been so much fun! Our flight landed in Rome around 9am and we took the train to the Termini station. Our hotel is just a few blocks from there so we walked over to our hotel and were able to check in right away! Our hotel is so cute! It is an older place that has giant keys to the door, which I have still not mastered locking or unlocking. Our room has two twin beds pushed together that we have been sleeping on and one more against a wall onto which we have laid all of our luggage and clothes!...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Conquering Rome in a Day

Rome may not have been built in a day but we managed to tour the highlights in a day! We were up early and at the Vatican by 8:00AM. Many people have told me that they do not like tour groups because they feel constricted by the schedule. Yesterday it paid off big time when we cruised right past all the long lines for the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. People who were going independently had a one to two hour wait for EACH site. The Vatican is huge, modern in many areas and very secure. As we stepped across the security...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Que Sera Sera

We boarded our fabulous deluxe motor coach with Vic, our Globus tour guide, and 39 new friends and headed to a restaurant called Mino somewhere in Rome. We have met people from South Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, and Colorado so far. It seems like a happy-go-lucky-group with everyone in good spirits. Several people have traveled multiple times with Globus and have only rave reviews. That's wonderful to hear! Of course, I have full confidence in our awesome travel agent Colleen but it's always nice to have confirmation. :-) While driving,...

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Jul 9, 2013 - When in Rome...

We have arrived! We had an uneventful flight that left and landed on time. We flew Alitalia direct from JFK to Rome. The airplane was ok, not the best not the worst. It was clean with two decent meals. The seats were small, cramped and somewhat uncomfortable. They were very hard and had arm rests that didn't completely fold away making it hard to recline comfortably. There were TV's in each seat back with a selection of movies, music and TV shows. I watched Quartet and then slept on and off through Angels and Demons. Bob was amusing with...

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Jul 5, 2013 - The Algarve, July 5

Spent the day just being lazy, doing laundry and reorganizing the suitcases. Took one last walk down the hill to the village square and onto the small beach. Then we had supper at a restaurant overhanging the cliff with another small beach below. It was an excellent meal - kabobs of monk fish and shrimp grilled over an open fire right on the patio in front of us with fresh garden vegetables. We are now sitting on our deck listening to great live Latin Caribbean music coming from our resort square. What a great way to end our trip. It has...

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Jul 4, 2013 - The Algarve, Wed., July 3

Spent the morning reading, etc., etc. You know the routine. Decided to look for a beach today. This wouldnt be an area for beach lovers. You really have to look to find access to one. We just drove thru the developed areas following the general direction of the shoreline til we found a place where cars were clustered then look for a path down. We had a couple of false leads then hit paydirt. As it happened we found the exact same beach that they had found 10 years ago. What are the odds?! And the descent had been made quite navigable over...

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Jul 4, 2013 - The Algarve, July 4

Spent the morning.........yada, yada, yada. Boogied down the coast to Silves today. It is a 15th century medieval castle and village. Again lots of empty spaces. Area is known for its lemon and orange trees but it appears that the season here may be different from home. There was only the odd piece of fruit on the trees as though it had already been picked. Extremely hot and humid today. Getting home to 33 degrees will be a relief after the high 30s. Some days the breezes are strong and give great relief on our deck though. I haven't...

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Jul 3, 2013 - The Algarve, Mon., July 1

Happy Canada Day to everyone back home! Spent the morning reading and gazing at the pool and ocean. The guys go down the hill periodically to get provisions and check the various prices of Port. It has become an obsession with them - they cant pass a store without browsing. In the p.m. we went down the coast a few minutes to Portimao. McGuires had been here 10 years ago when they attended the Rotary International convention in Spain. We may not have found the same area that they remember but what we saw was very sad. Mostly empty shops and...

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Jul 3, 2013 - The Algarve, Tues. July 2

Spent the morning reading and gazing at tfhe pool and ocean. Ho hum. How tedious! Before we left home I had read a magazine article on an annual International Sand Sculpting competition in The Algarve. Turns out it is only 15 minutes from here. What an amazing thing! It appears like a bulldozer had created a huge amphitheater in the sand and the piles of sand moved out were used to create the sculptures - 45 tons worth! We saw some Canadian names on the creations as well. The theme this year was "Music" and large panoramas, much larger...

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Jul 3, 2013 - The Algarve, Sun., June 30

Spent the morning reading and gazing at the pool and ocean. Walked down the hill (of course) to the village which is flat (thanks be to God). We poked around all the lovely little interesting shops. There are lots of the Portuguese tiles for which the country is famous. They are mostly similar to the typical Dutch blue and white tiles. But apparently the Portuguese originated it and used it to decorate the entire facade of their buildings to make them more attractive. Its amazing to see all the buildings in the old quarters entirely covered...

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Jul 3, 2013 - The Algarve, june 29

We picked up the car and headed south after our obligatory getting lost session. We took the coastal hiway. It was very different terrain. Mostly flat and very dry. Would only be good for grazing cattle. There are small patches of irrigation for some grapes and corn. I understand why almost 1/3 of the 10 milliion population of Portugal lives in Lisbon. It would be very hard to earn a living here without the money to buy cattle or sheep. It took 7 hours including time to stop for lunch. Unfortunately very little of the hiway is near enough...

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