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Jun 26, 2013 - Lisbon- Sunday

It is difficult to keep up the journal this week because our days are so full. We get home and relax for a bit on the patio and before we know it its 12 or 1 a.m. Lorenzo recommended many restaurants as we entered the Alfama (all of them I think). Every little street has sometimes 3. When we met up with McGuires Mike had already explored the area and found one of them just down our hill. The smell of flame grilled meat meets your nostrils everywhere. The little restaurant had a man grilling food in the window. Next to the building were a...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Marseilles

Arrived last night and happily missed our exit to the airport hotel. We ended up in downtown Marseilles. Everything I had read about Marseilles said it was just a big, dirty port city. But the old town area around the bay is beautiful. The bay is horseshoe shaped and surrounded by a very wide plaza of cobblestones. In most seaside cities that plaza would be used for pedestrians with the buildings filled with shops. So you then have to look for parking outside the area in order to visit. In Marseilles that horseshoe shaped plaza is used for...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Aix-en-Provence

It is now Saturday the 22nd and we will be flying to Lisbon at 6:15 p.m. So in the meantime we went 30 minutes north after checking out of our hotel and arrived in Aix-en-Ptovence. In my innocence I expected a sleep village surrounded by lavendar fields. Not!! With all its popularity over the decades it is now a very busy city and the lavendar fields are on a mountain about an hour away. Sadly we didnt dare take the time to drive up there when we have to catch a plane. It is known as "the city of fountains" and as with all old cities it has...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Monaco & Monte Carlo

Drove from Nice to Monaco and worked our way back from there. Went to the Casino of course but couldn't get in because we had copies of our passports and they only accept original. Oh well, we have lost money in better places. Stopped in Villefranch and Cap Ferat, Cannes on our way back to Nice. We drove the waterfront all the way back and the country is beautiful. We had a hard time getting back because we had to stop so often to take pictures.But we still love Tuscany. The feel and colour of the air ( I know that sounds impossible and...

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Jun 22, 2013 - wed. con't

Had to run catch the plane! Decided that all the water in the ocean looked the same and wasnt worth the pain of traffic jams to follow the shore so we paid the price of toll roads to travel faster. The toll roads run thru the mountains and offered beautiful lush green vistas. 4 and 6 lanes sometimes at 130 km per hour. Decided to take side trip to St. Tropez. It was by far the best of all the seaside resorts towns that we saw. Lots of things to see and do. Active artists community. Artists here have a very different style from everywhere...

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Jun 19, 2013 - Farewell to Roma

BuonGiorno We are now on the bus weaving through the streets of Rome , heading , on our Bus tour, to Firenze(Florence). We have really enjoyed exploring Rome and the incredible history( lesson) here. Places that we have read about since primary school we now feel more of an understanding and connection to.These include: The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel as the highlights. In addition we have also been to multiple museums and lots of historic churches( very different architectural styles: all beautiful...

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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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Jun 18, 2013 - Ode to Madre/Mamma/Signora

A small departure from normal blogs. Apologies- this may not interest all. I Reflected on mums' birthday yesterday and the Roman religious and historic iconography. I can only really do so when on such holidays and free of normal humdrum. Freud and Jung would have a field day. There are three areas which strongly resonated between my mother and the story we have experienced here. 1) Mary (Christ's mother). Purity, selflessness, holiness, piety, maternal instinct, a female role model- mother of all mothers. 2) Vestal Priestesses, who...

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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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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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