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May 14, 2009 - 12 K trek!

What an amazing day…..what an amazing place. Storybook comes to mind. There are five little villages on this section of the coast, hence the work “cinque”. There is a trail that is part coastal, part inland, and mostly hilly and craggly that is 12 kilometers long. Kadu and I did the whole thing today and had an amazing time. We stopped and had a granita (fresh fruit slushy) at the second village. Had lunch at the third, walked through the fourth and had a gelato at the fifth. We are staying in the first of the villages- depending on which...

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May 13, 2009 - Florence to Cinque Terre

Wow. I mean WOW. Got up and went in search of my camera- actually found the restaurant, and the same guy was working- took one look at me and went in the back to retrieve it. Hallelujah! Now we can go. Took a quich detour to say goodbye to a cute waiter we met the other day, then off to get the luggage and get on the train. Met a nice girl from Glasgow on the train, so the hour went fast. We had like a half hour stop in Pisa (skipping the leaning tower this time) and another 45 minites to our stop. Kind of a hot walk to the guesthouse, but...

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May 13, 2009 - Roma: Spanish Steps, Vatican, and Sistine Chapel

My itineray for today read as a day of R&R, but I still had much more to see in Roma. The subway makes getting around very easy, however one does not see what is above the underground between the stations. My revised plan was to take the subway to the Spanish Steps, and then return to St. Peter's for the remainder of the day. I wanted to walk back to St. Peter's to enjoy Santa Maria del Popolo and to have a closer look at the river, Fiume Tevere, yet I realized that I could not afford this hour or more when I was going to be visiting the...

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Italy Spring 2009!

May 12, 2009 - Huge Day

We had a leisurely morning at hit our first museum at 11:30. It was the Acadamia, which houses the original David. While impressive, I have to say I like my man Bernini’s sculptures in the Borghese museum in Rome better. Other than David, the museum was pretty small- which is good because we had another in the afternoon. In between we got our train tickets for tomorrow to Cinque Terra, made our reservations at a guest house (with help from the front desk) and had some pizza. The pizza is better in Rome too, somehow. Crispier crust, better...

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May 11, 2009 - First real day in Florence

Florence is pretty, but I have to say Rome has more of a wow factor. Rome is flashy with color and has an air about it, Florence is more subtle. Turns out all of the museums are closed 2 Mondays of the month, and today is one of those Mondays. There was plenty to do and see in any case. We found a little supermarket and bought bananas and cookies because the breakfast at the hotel was pretty gross. We walked down to the river (Fiume Arno) and looked at the rowers going by. There are bridges going over the river about every quarter of a mile...

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May 10, 2009 - Shoot me now....oh, and Happy Mother's Day

Today is not the best example of what a holiday should be. It started out okay, but went in the crapper pretty quickly. We ate, got ready, and were out the door when we should have been at 10:30am. I figured even if it took 2 whole hours to get to the airport, we’d still be in good shape for our 1:30 flight. It’s just a 30 minute jaunt to Florence, so an hour was plenty of time. What I did not count on was Kadu talking so incessantly that I missed the train station. Are we going on a train? How many trains? How many stops? Are we going on a...

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May 10, 2009 - Rome: The Ancient Centre

Today was a day in ancient history, far more enjoyable than any course or text book. With an on-and-off city bus ticket for the day, I spent most of the day right in this historical area of the city. Palantine The Palantine was my first walk about when leaving the bus. It is very green and a park-like setting. Ruins are everywhere- some more intact than others. However, when I realized that this is where Romulus' hut was located in the 9th century BC, it is very amazing to see the actual artifacts. After leaving this green space, I set out...

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Italy Spring 2009!

May 9, 2009 - Another Full Day!

This morning Rome wasn’t every nice to me, but the day improved. We were up and out early, and downtown by 9:30 or so. We walked from the train station to Vatican City in hopes of seeing the main museum and the Sistine Chapel before my noon doctor’s appointment. My guidebook said to go early because there is always a long line. Now, I understand that 9:30 is not early, but it takes 45 minutes to get there by train from out hotel, and before that we had to shower and eat breakfast- so to be there at 9:30 means I got up at 7:30, which is...

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May 8, 2009 - Roma

I woke up about 5am because I thought someone had shoved an ice pick between my shoulder blades. Nope- just me getting old. Excruciating. Took me 20 minutes to crawl (yes, crawl) out of bed to get to the ibuprofen. 800 milligrams. 2 hours later another 800. Holy crap, I have alot of gripes, but a bad back really isn't on my list. A few cricks here and there that are easily taken care of at the chiropracter- but this is a new animal altogether. The young woman at the front desk, who deserves a medal for putting up with my 8 million questions...

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May 8, 2009 - All Roads Lead to Rome

5/8/09 All Roads Lead to Rome All roads really do lead to Rome. Rome served as the culmination of a lifetime of traveling; showing my 13-year-old son the place that made me fall in love with traveling at age 13. Rome also summarized our travels to date; in the Vatican museum we saw 1) Egyptian equities like the Romanized statue of Anubis (the embalming god) and the “Nile” statue complete with hippos, crocodiles, and pygmies, 2) busts from the Roman ruins at Palmyra, Syria, and 3) the original statue of R. and his sons that we saw as a...

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May 8, 2009 - Heading home from Rome

It's actually here. The dreaded last day of our fabulous trip. Well it ended much like any other cruise does with Early announcements, etc. We had the earliest departure time because our flight leaves Rome at 10:20 am and we are about an hour from the airport. We were literally the first passengers to pile off the ship at 6:30 a.m. and our bags weren't even off the ship yet. I guess I could of had a nice breakfast after all! Well they finally came and the mini van we reserved was waiting. We headed onto the highway which runs south down the...

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May 7, 2009 - Another travel day

So I have to say, Malta really grew on me. I do know with certainty that I would never want to live there, but it was a cool place to visit. People are a little brusk- they sound like they're yelling at each other most of the time- but they're nice. Always helpful, polite, and willing to go overboard for my kid. Malta is unbeleivably safe, and I never felt I needed to look over my shoulder...even in crowded places or at night. It is very crowded, the living spaces and centuries old buildings (as well as the brand new ones) are very close...

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