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Jun 18, 2013 - Italian Riviera

Left Venice by train to cross to opposite border of Italy. At first the area was flat like home, lots of fields of corn and wheat. Strange to think that none of the crops here are GMO. All good, clean non chemical food. Most European countries wont even import our GMO crops. Then we spent a lot of time in tunnels and eventually found ourselves in low mountain hills very green and with large brick homes with red tile roofs rolling down the hills to the valley floor. Then we arrived in Santa Margharita the beginning of the Italian Riviera. It...

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Europe 2013

Jun 17, 2013 - Death and Desire

Rome is a buzz. It took a while to settle into this unique groove. At first the big names on picture post cards seemed overly familiar and somehow not the blow out we were expecting. This may say more about our travel saturation, than Roma. Now we have settled into the hustle and bustle of the small winding streets, the fantastic coffees and engaging locals. This is a place best experienced on foot. Layer by layer we have have begun to unwind and embrace a remarkable history and an intriguing present. The history comes alive- this is a...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Cinque Terre

Friday we went to Cinque Terre. Get a late start because I realized if I didnt do laundry it wouldnt be dry for packing that night. Then we had to find where we had parked the car the night before and I have already described how accurate we are in finding our way around Florence. After we found it we did the usual three turns around the neighbourhood before we found our way out of Florence. I guess Friday is considered part of the weekend and everyone was leaving town and apparently going to same place we were. Half way there we ran into...

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Europe 2013

Jun 15, 2013 - Bellisimo Roma

Buona notte from Roma We are now half way thru our 'big adventure', and now enjoying Rome ,the eternal city after flying from Barcelona on Thursday. Amazing to appreciate this city has existed for 2,500 years.... Day 1 Friday we got our bearings doing the bus orientation around the sights. Today was end of Day 2 and we adhered to" the program"(tongue in cheek!) of seeing the sights and absorbing the history and culture. We had an 8 am breakfast then wandered down to the Piazza Venezia,stopping only for our morning macchiato on the way. We...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Buying a stairway to heaven: everyone else does.

Buon giorno Mankind offers, but mostly crudely prosecutes, salvation to his brothers and on occasion sisters, in many guises. On this trip we may have most of the bases covered. To complete the experience, I also wear my Buddhist t shirt and the temptress remains a vegetarian. Now this is no guarantee of eternal peace, but at least covers off a millennia of dogma. In America we engaged Judaism via the visit to a synagogue and discussion with a Rabbi and Protestantism via a Harlem Baptist church and Gospel choir and the entire S Carolinian...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Chianti, It

Rented car this morning from Hertz. Great location for access. Eady drive right out of town. Right!! Aftre we went around the same area a couple of times and turned into a few driveways that went nowhere we started getting along with our GPS Europe. First stop - Greve in Chianti. The market square was actually a triangle with interesting shops of handmade Chianti linens, beautiful bright yellow coloured Italian ceramics and Butcheries! The area is known for its beef and Sienese wild boar. The shops are hung with hams from the ceiling and...

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Europe 2013

Jun 11, 2013 - Rome

Tuesday, June 11th.......Today is Rome! We got up at 5:00 am so we could get down to the train station in time to catch our ride to Rome. The trip took 1 hour and 45 minutes. We had not been out of the train for more than 5 minutes when a man approaced us to offer the services of the Green line Off and On bus. This was exactly what we needed. You pay $18.00 euro each and the circuit is all the sites the tourists want to see in Rome. The bus drops you off at your choice of site and when you are done they circle around all day long and...

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Italy - 2013

Jun 11, 2013 - Rome

Arrived Rome mid-afternoon June 7 after 4 hour layover in Amsterdam. That was not a good time. Finally found an area with lounges and caught a few zzzz's. KLM is good airline with meals and free wine and liquor with meals. But no wiggle room. Fortunately we were in a row of only 2 seats so didnt have to share oxygen. Good hotel in convenient location. Hotel Oxford - thanks to Ron for that tip. We actually stayed in an apartment associated with the hotel but about a block away. A short block but with 2 lefthand turns in it! Entered into a...

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Europe 2013

Jun 11, 2013 - Florence

Arrived Florence yestrday about 4:30 p.m. by bullet train from Rome. It averaged 250 km /hr but is capable of going 360. Drove north thru the Chianti wine region. Beautiful rolling hills covered in vines with farm homes in warm coloured brick and stucco with red tile roofs. Our condo is a couple of blocks from the train station just a half block from the Piazza of Santa Maria Novella church. Right in the middle of evrything! Out hostess is Enrica Calvani and our condo is at via della Bella Donne 6. She was waiting for us in front of the...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Quest for Italia's Best

Here are my scores from our quest to find Italy's best: Best Appetizer - Bruschetta (Laura's favorite, making more than one meal) Best Breakfast - Tuscany B&B (Fresh brown hard boiled eggs, croissant, cafe latte) Best Bridge - Rialto in Venice Best Cafe Latte (what we call Latte here)- Anywhere in Italy! They are small and consistently good Best Creative Food - Venice (deconstructed Tiramisu and sushi soaked in flavors!) Best Elevator - Rome (barely room for two people, no luggage) Best Food - Rome, followed closely by everywhere else in...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Rome June 2

Leave hotel at 9 get home at 9. A long 12 hours in Rome. We take the Metro to the colosseum, but it stops 2 stops down because 2 stations are closed. WHY? Who knows why. Take the metro back 3 stops get off and blindly make our way to the colosseum. There are a million police, army and who knows what else. Streets are blocked off, it 12:30 and the line up for the colosseum is huge because it opens at 8:30 but is still closed. We have advance tickets to get in but no line to do it. The medical staff at the ceremony won't move the barricades...

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Italia 2013

Jun 2, 2013 - We're Here

We left Vancouver on Saturday June 1st. It was a 9 hour flight to Schipol (Amsterdam) and then an entertaining 1 hour 40 minute flight to Rome. Our second flight was verimente Italiano - everyone clapped when we landed safely. The boys did very well, but it certainly was an exhausting trek. We arrived in Roma on Sunday June 2nd to a surprisingly quiet airport. We were picked up (thank goodness!) by a driver named Stephano who adeptly navigated the crazy streets of Rome to bring us to our appartemento. We are staying in the Trastevere...

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Viva Italia

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