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May 22, 2015 - Cinque Terra Italy

Today's drive took us to Cinque Terra (Five Lands) with the most dramatic scenery on the Ligurian coast. The enchanting five villages are nestled into the cliffs overlooking the sea, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of Ligura's most celebrated wines. There is a 19th century railway that transports villagers from place to place as cars were banned over a decade ago. Once again our local guide, Andrea, is excellent. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline,...

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May 15, 2015 - Cinque Terre

Friday thru Monday, May 15th – May 17th What a delightful campground we found at Pian di Pichhe (www.piandipicche.it) Great Grandparents Paulin and Caterina had set their minds on the acquisition of the orchard, vegetable garden and vineyard that together were known in the area as Pian di Picche. In 1948, three years after the end of the Second World War and two years after the foundation of the Italian Republic the sale was finally made. Their strong beliefs in this plot of land turned out to be right. After many successful harvests, a...

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May 11, 2015 - San Remo on Monday and Tuesday

Monday, May 11th. What a glorious day we woke to. I trundled down to the beach with my book and had an enjoyable morning watching the sea and reading. (Yes, I was slathered in sunscreen) Around 1 o’clock we hopped on our bikes and were ready to tour the city on bikes making use of the numerous trails. As I passed through the gates I heard this horrible crunching of the gear shift mechanism behind me. Bill’s new bike’s gear box had broken. He half carried it down the terrace to our spot. After a few minutes we shrugged our shoulders, and...

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May 10, 2015 - Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

On our way to Italy but first we had to stop in the little seaside town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. As in most of these medieval towns its streets were steep and treacherous due to the innumerable , very steep steps. (there are NO provisions for the older adult, I wonder where they live). Fortunately, we found a parking spot quite close to the top (The sign said camper cars forbidden beyond this point), so the climb to the Palace wasn’t as arduous as it could have been. This castle was probably built in the 10th century. In 1528 Augustin...

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Apr 5, 2015 - Savona, Italy

We arrived in Savona, Italy this morning. We took the bus provided by the cruise to the main shopping area and did some shopping. We spotted a cool little tour train that looked like it would be a fun one to ride. The price was reasonable, about $7 Euros a piece. We had to wait about 30 minutes for the next ride, I took time to take pictures of the area while we waited. We finally got on the train and it took us about a mile into the city, someone crossed the street in front of the train, he had to hit the breaks really fast and it broke...

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Jan 22, 2015 - Apologies

Sorry I had wallet stolen losing credit cards, Driver's License, etcx. but not passport. I had 1 euro 20 cents here in Italy. Thankfully for my gracious airbnb host(wouldn't get this at a hotel) and gracious older brother. My airbnb host took me to his Mom's for a real home cooked several course Italian Dinner. He also served me a couple more meals and loaned me whatever money I needed. Until my brother immediately got me $600 through Western Union. MBNA and United Mileage Plus Explorer express mailed me new cards in two days! MBNA sent...

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Jan 13, 2015 - Genoa

This morning was a bit of a waste & very frustrating. We went into the old part of the city by bus. Fortunately there was a bus stop on the road next to our site & the bus took us right down to the old port area. A €1.5 ticket allows you ninety minutes of time on any of the buses, our journey in only took about thirty minutes so we were OK. Our objective then was to find a wifi connection so that we could download some geocaches & explore the old city as we located the caches. We soon found a sign pointing towards a McDs but it wasn't so...

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Jan 12, 2015 - On Into Italy

Up & away early for the last few miles to the Italian border. Heavy traffic meant slow progress getting through the outskirts of Nice & on past Monte Carlo on the mountain roads. I would have liked to have roared through the tunnel in Monte Carlo like the boy racers yesterday but getting down into Monte Carlo looked to be a challenge in a motorhome like ours so discretion won the day. Maybe if Viv hadn't been sitting beside me clutching the arm rests every time we went round a tight bend overlooking a sheer drop or made our way slowly...

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Jan 9, 2015 - Jesuis Charlie

Yes, I am in Nice, France and the news is full of Charlie Hebdo. There will be some rallies here today & tonight. In Nice. All over France. Headed now to the Old Town of Nice and Monaco tomorrow. Sorry. My 2nd luggage(backpack) is detained in Genoa...hopefully. Hence, still no cables to download photos. ciao.

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Jan 7, 2015 - I am Italiano!

Well, a stranger in a strange land. Delays/rescheduling, but still made it to Genoa on time. Genoa has to be the best kept secret of Italy. With Americanos, anyway. Coined "The Mistress of the Sea". Italy's largest/busiest seaport. Genoa is called La Superba (The Proud). My young Landlord sure is proud of his city and loves it. The large historic district has an ecletic wealth of Palazzos, churches, palaces, museums, & gallaries. This area is a maze or labrynith of streets & alleys. They twist & turn and everchange levels. One cannot plan a...

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Jan 7, 2015 - Vespas, Vespas, & more Vespas

Just like being in Sturgis during the Rally. Gotta watch for them as they come quick. And all cars are small. Some smaller than small. Lotta smokers. Young,old,men,women. Fashion dressers. Young, old, men, women. Women look past me. No eye contact. Hmmm. I ate the best pizza I've ever had in my life tonight. 1/2 block from my flat! Just a local joint ran by the neighborhood mafia. Groups of men are common socializing in mornings/evenings. Yesterday was really warm and still people in warm coats. I was gonna wear shorts & t-shirts, but...

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Nov 27, 2014 - Genoa, Again

Thur. 27 Nov. 2014 Weather:-It’s Raining, Again Genoa, MSC Sinfonia Suite 1014 10:00  17:00 7h We changed cabins today and that in itself was not a drama as we had packed the day before and our cabin steward just took our possessions to the new cabin while we were out during the morning. The day was bleak but we have to expect that on this side of the world at this time of the year so Ray, Herman and I just went for a walk around the port area to stretch our legs a bit. We have had very smooth seas since we reached the Mediterranean so we...

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