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Oct 5, 2013 - Entry 7

Hello from the stunning Cinque Terre, we have just spent 2 nights in this gorgeous part of the world. The Cinque Terre is the name given to 5 towns that sit precariously balancing on cliff faces over looking the sea. Each town is linked with hiking tracks and yes we hiked 2 of them. The first was between Monterosso and Vernazza. The track took 2 1/2 hours and was incredibly step, lots of stairs, some cut into the rock, tiny walking paths that dropped straight down a bit hairy in parts especially when someone was coming the other way. We...

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Sep 20, 2013 - All good things must come to an end .........

My dear Trip Journal What incredibly wonderful memories and experiences we've shared during this amazing trip over the past 4.5 months. We've become good mates often sitting together at midnight recording our experiences and memories, downloading photos etc. usually on a non co-operative hotel Internet system in darkened foyers. Memories recorded which I am sure I shall cherish forever. I think I shall miss you, dear Trip Journal when I sign off tonight for the last time at the end of this amazing journey cum experience. However, I have...

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Jane Lady of Leisure

Aug 29, 2013 - Through Switzerland to Italia!

Interlaken. Hills camp. Fondue. Cable car. Shopping. Drive through The Alps. Great views. JOSH: About a week ago we arrived in [dramatic music] ITALY!!! Before we arrived in Italy, we were in Switzerland. We were only in Switzerland for a day and that was so we could buy a Swiss Army Knife and see the Alps. We were amazed at the sheer size and quantity of the Alps. We took a funicular to the top of one of the Alps. It was amazingly high. We had one of the best views of the WHOLE OF THE PLACE BELOW!!!!!! We left Switzerland and had a...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Vicki visits The DelRosa's in Milan

Milan! What a wonderful opportunity to experience the beautiful European city from my Niece and her husband's beautiful home. Michele made us dinner each night, Leslie took me to the best sights and shopping,within minutes from their front door. (yes you were right about which hat to buy, I should of listened) Lunches in the best restaurant that only the locals know about! Thank you for being so gracious and patient with me..( i talk to everyone) Leslie, Thank you for all the generosity with your time, Michele thank you for the wonderful...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Arrival in Milan

Day 2 Any: The landing coming into Madrid was a little bumpy but we were so eager to hear if the Heat had won that it did not bother us. We de-planed and met up with Iggy and Letty who were there with a Heat fan saying that we had won!!!! Thank God it has been an agonizing series. We proceeded through customs and to find our connecting flight gate. We must have walked more than 40 min to get to the gate. Upon arriving we decided we still had time and had a little "Bocadillo" and diet coke at a terrace cafe. Spoke to Juju who told us all...

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May 31, 2013 - Milan!

Milan: how civilized, especially after Naples where you fear for your life crossing the street. The cabbies drive carefully and politely, and you don't hear the honking like in Naples and Rome. The only sight in Milan I wanted to see was Da Vinci's "Last Supper", which you have to reserve several months in advance (and I waited too late). Since we were only in Milan for part of the day we decided to take a guided tour that included the "Last Supper" painting. It was well worth the price and the time for the tour just to see the painting but...

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May 30, 2013 - Night Train from Naples to Milan

The overnight train got us from Naples in the south to Milan in the north between 9:30pm and 7:00am. It's a good way to travel and not lose time during the day. However, I do have a couple of lessons learned. Non-stop in Italy does not mean no stops. It means no connections. Also, sleeping on a train does not a restful night make! We all had "first class" single cabins. Laura's and mine adjoined so we could open the door between the two. However these cabins are built to hold three people. The upper beds fold down, and there is a ladder to...

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May 30, 2013 - Day in Milan and Elegant Dinner

After an early wake up call we took the coach to Milan down very windy roads next to Lake Como, catching glimpses of snowy peaks and purple mountains, while our driver dodged and inched past oncoming trucks and cyclists on the narrow road. We first visited Santa Maria Dell Gracia, the ancient church where Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece , the Last Supper, is painted on a large wall in the former dining hall of the monks who lived there in the 1400's. The painting has been carefully restored over a 20 year period. The painting is enormous,...

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Apr 29, 2013 - Ligurian Coast to Portofino to Lake Maggiore

This morning we begin a much anticipated boat trip along the coast of the Ligurian Sea to Portofino. What a quaint, fantastic place. Set in between two tall mountains, it is idyllic! The weather isn't the greatest but it least it is not pouring. as long as we carry the umbrella with us it doen't rain! We are there early, before any other tourist boats arrive. So we walk around and climb the hills as the shopkeepers open the stores There are several large yachts in port. Reminds me of Monte Carlo, but on a smaller, more intimate scale. ...

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Apr 20, 2013 - Milan

It was arrivaderci Venice and buon giorno Milan. We took a 3 1/2 hour train ride which was ok because it rained all day. The weather has been really great so no complaints here. Milan's train station is gigantic. Our hotel isn't far from the station, but because it was raining we took a taxi. Not straying too far tonight. It's still raining. We wanted to see DaVinci's "Last Supper" but I tried booking a ticket before we left home and there were no openings until June. So we may go to the duomo tomorrow. It's the third largest cathedral in...

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Feb 1, 2013 - Visiting Joe

our drive to Milan started with a run down to Trieste, unfortunately there was so much fog as we descended to the coast we decided to give it a miss as we couldn't see more than 50m. A future trip will be on the cards. The drive fro. There was relatively boring as we took the highway, we did however stop at an Auto-grill which is an old chain of restaurants on the highways in Italy. They often span over the roadway providing a rather interesting perspective of the traffic passing by. I must say hat the food is not worth stopping for. As we...

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Dec 18, 2012 - Milan

So, Milan. Originally this wasn't on our list of places to go to. The perception has always been that Milan was just another big city. But then, so was Rome and Florence, and they both turned out to be the high points of our trip. And so it is with Milan. Every bit as "classically Italian" as its counterparts. Majestic buildings, rich in history, gastronomically diverse. Milan has it all. Plus a subway system which is cheap and easy to use. We arrived at our hotel a little after noon. This gave us plenty of time to settle in and do a short...

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