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Jun 27, 2006 - Genoa

As I was staying in Genoa I decided that I shoudl check out the town. This is the birth place of Christopher Columbus, and I saw his house. Ironically, across the street from his house was a post office which I used to mail some stuff back to Vancouver. How ironic mailing stuff to the New World across the street from the home of the person who accidentally discovered it. Very cool. Then I also went to the Aquarium. Very nice, it s supposed to be the biggest or second biggest in Europe. It was pretty cool seeing the mediteranean animals. but...

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Europe - 2006

Jun 22, 2006 - Riomaggiore, Cinque-Terre, Italy

Cinque-Terre is an Italian national park, protected area, containing 5 small towns interconnected by a series of paths. The paths run along the rocky coast of crystal blue water, flanked by dense forests, olive trees and vineyards. It's become a tourist destination and the locals capitalize on that by renting rooms to travellers. We arrived in Riomaggiore, the first town on the way from La Spezia, with no where to stay and no idea what to do. Fortunately we met a young american girl on the train who knew the deal in Riomaggiore. You just go...

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May 12, 2006 - 8th - 12th May (The Boys on Tour)

So we head out of San Remo and are faced with heavy traffic. It's not very pleasant so we decide to head inland to, making our way through the mountains to try and experience real Italy rather than the beach resorts of the Italina Riviera. I was a little unsure as to how they would handle it since neither of the guys have done any serious cycling but slowly but surely we maek ou way up the valleys to our first climb, a 1400m ascent over Col d'Oggia. A little extreme maybe but the only route to Pieve d'Tecco, our propose destination and the...

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Wheels of Fire

May 5, 2006 - Genoa, Italy

Sitting in the transit centre of Genova I had just received my lunch and was munching away at my pizza, I looked up in horror as I saw the time 13:48. We had a train to catch at 52 past, luckily it looked like it had been delayed and the board showed the next train from our platform at 57 past. I eat what I could of my pizza and teared down the stairs to the platform, stuffed some chips in my mouth (almost choking) and ran to the train. Argh, we couldn't find carraige 8. We asked a nearby attendant by showing our tickets and she looked at...

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Apr 14, 2006 - If You Go On One Trip in Your Lifetime, Go to Cinque Terre!

If I had to choose one place to spend the rest of my life, it would without a doubt be Cinque Terre. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been. My pictures are ok, but don't even begin to capture the area's presence. Check out www.cinqueterre.com for more photos and information. Cinque Terre is a string of five little towns, situated on cliffs right beside the Ligurian Sea. The only way to get between the towns is to take a local train or hike. There isn't really anything to see... (thank goodness as I was a bit sick of museums)... I...

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Dec 28, 2005 - Sunny One Day & Snow the Next

The day after Boxing Day we decided to take a drive up to Portofino (are you sick of us yet - Florence one day, Portofino the next). The weather was magnificent and we had a great day wandering around, lunching and generally enjoying ourselves without the hassle of tourist hordes (Portofino is tiny and very, very crowded in the summer months). Imagine our amazement the next day when it started dumping down snow - it happened so quickly that Al wasnt able to drive up the hill 20 minutes after leaving the house. Gill and Tony were also out...

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Gillis Tripping...

Nov 21, 2005 - Savona

We arrived in Savona, Italy this morning. Believe it or not, I got up early this mornnig for my workout. Decent gym on board. Of course, no one else got up until late. So, we didn't get into Savona until nearly lunch time. Savona is a neat little Italian port city. We found a taxi driver when we got off the ship. He spoke no English. Of course, my Italian is steller. Ha. We figured out that he thought Savona was not worth the effort and wanted to take us to Genoa. Of course, we could have gone to Genoa if we had gotten up a little earlier....

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Sep 14, 2005 - Piemonte - Barolo to Barbaresco to Acqui Terme

We had an early start and cycled into Barbaresco for an early lunch. Enjoyed some lovely white Chardonnay and a Pinot Gris. Our destination today was Acqui Terme, about 86 km from Barolo. This town has natural hot springs, but we didn't arrive early enough to enjoy them. Had a wonderful experience with arranging our train trip the next day. Our lack of Italian and the clerk's misinterpretations made for a comical experience. After numerous attempts we were finally able to make our plans understood and identified the requisite trains for our...

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Sep 14, 2005 - Honeymoon, baby

So it wasn't the all inclusive resort honeymoon that many people drean of. In fact, we had to try about 20 places before we finally found a place to stay that was worthy of a honeymoon, and when we did, it was not a 4 star hotel, but someone's rental appartment. But after all that, it turned out to be an amazing honeymoon. We were in one of Ali's favorite places ever, a place called Cinqueterre on the Med in Italy. The beuty of the rugged, cliff-ridden coast is unbelievable. We don't have the photos anymore, they got sent home for safe...

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Sep 4, 2005 - Genoa, Italy

Genoa was our last stop on our cruise, before returning to Rome. We had another shore excursion and saw some truly beautiful cities. Our first stop was Portofino. We took a ferry there...the ride was quite scenic. The small town of Portofino is amazing. All of the buildings are around the small harbor that has lots of little row boats, as well as huge yachts. The buildings are painted different colors and are basically all connected. We wandered around the streets and just enjoyed the beauty. Our next stop was Santa Margherita, where we had...

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Back at home.

Aug 22, 2005 - Monte Carlo, Portofino, Ropollo, Santa Margarita & St. Tropez

Bon jour!!! (Our photos will be posted tonight. Got to get to shore right now!!!) I am so sorry to have not written you sooner but since I last wrote Vic and I have been going nonstop!!! On Friday morning after a brisk walk along the Promenade de Angeles and saying our farewells to Nice we drove into Monte Carlo, Monaco, and got settled into our cruise ship cabin. We got what they call an "early embarkation" that allows us to board in the morning instead of late afternoon, for a fee of course. That way we could put our bags on board, have...

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Jun 9, 2005 - The Riviera Di Levante

From the little town of Rapollo we made a train journey into Genoa. It was a really miserable day but we got around. We saw Genoa's cathedral - it takes your breath away - but I definitely don't think we could call it pretty! We took a stroll around the waterfront and into the old town. A very pretty little town compared to the bustle of Turin but not too sure if that was just an effect of the weather! Next day was beautiful and we used the most of the sunshine to head out to Portofino by boat. Portofino is one of the most exclusive little...

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