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Sep 27, 2011 - Northern lake country in italy

We've arrived in northern Italy. Spent the last two days in lucrene. The hotel we stayed at was built in late 1868 it was built for the kings as a place to relax and it was a Beautiful old hotel. Had a great meal last night on the river with an accordion playing in the background. Swans all along the river. And one of them almost had a new iPhone. We will let you decide who almost lost their phone. Barb and Lynda enjoyed all the wonderful ladies fashion in the windows. Such beautiful coats. Ladies. Orange is still definitely in!! The drive...

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Sep 23, 2011 - Our last week begins

Our last week begins... Today we were up early, breakfast, packed up, and then off to Versailles. A train ride, a tram ride, and then another train ride put us out there about 10:00 a.m. Let's just say it is BIG...really big. Just going through security was a huge deal before you ever get inside! Had a miscommunication with a guard and we exited before we ever saw anything! We tried to explain to several guards/guides that we had not seen any of the house, yet they would not let us back in. Finally, one lady understood enough Englais...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Milan, Italy

After an hour delay for a medical emergency in Chicago, we finally got our trip started with the first leg to Frankfurt Germany—also known as “Airport Hell”! For those of you that have had the pleasure of this airport—you know what I am talking about! We had to connect to 2 busses and clear 3 different security/custom controls just to make our connection to Milan! We made it—with seconds to spare! -We arrived at the Grand Hotel et de Milan mid-day and spent the rest of the day exploring the City of Art and Fashion—the key word being...

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Sep 16, 2011 - Milan Sept 16, 2011

In the morning we took a nice walk and visited Santa Marie Segreta church. It has a lovely courtyard in the middle. We went on a tour in the afternoon, visiting the Cenacolo, home of Leonardo DaVinci's "Last Supper", attached to Santa Maria dell Grazie. We had tickets to see the "Last Supper". The area is very secure. You have to enter through several chambers, waiting until the doors to the next chamber open, finally leading into the room in with the painting. It is painted on a whole wall. It has recently been restored. We were allowed...

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Sep 15, 2011 - Sept 15, 2011 first day in Milan

Today we took our free shuttle back to the airport to meet Ron and Marty who were flying in this morning from Arizona. From there we all took the train then the subway and arrived just a block from our hotel, Nuovo Marghera. After checking into our hotel, we walked a couple miles around this area of Milan, visiting the Basilica of Sant' Ambrogio (St Ambrose) and Santa Maria dell Grazie.

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Sep 14, 2011 - Somme Lombardo

We arrived in Milan in the morning. We found a nice little hotel with a free shuttle to and from the airport in the small village of Somme Lombarde about 20 minutes from the airport. We arrived a day ahead of our travel companions, Marty & Ron, and planned on meeting them at the Milan airport the next day. The weather was perfect, warm, sunny, so we strolled around the small village during the day. The hotel, Tre Leone, had wonderful hospitality. We had a delicious late lunch of spaghetti, fresh tomato and fresh basil at the hotel...

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Sep 5, 2011 - Lucerne, Switzerland to Milan, Italy

Monday, September 5: Left Lucerne, Switzerland and headed south into Italy through the magnificent Gotthard Pass. The narrow roads were insane with sharp turns and switchbacks. The fog was very thick on the Swiss side of the Pass and we were all concerned that we would not be able to see the breathtaking views, let alone continue safely. However, when we started to descend into Italy, the clouds parted and the sun was brilliant, revealing the most beautiful valley below. We spent some time in Lugano, Italy on the way to Lake Como. Lots of...

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Jul 12, 2011 - On to Milan

July 11th We sadly said goodbye to Bellagio Monday morning. We chose a different route back to Milan, opting to take the slow boat on Lake Como to Como at the south end of the lake and then train it to Milan. It was sunny and hot and we sat at the prow of the boat marvelling at the picturesque towns and opulent villas as we cruised by. After two hours leisurely cruising we reached Como, the largest center on the lake and much more bustling than the other towns we had visited. We located the nearest train station and bought two tickets to...

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Jul 10, 2011 - Milan

Milan, Italy hard to believe we are here in the 'fashion capital'. Really hot today caught metro/subway train into city and checked out all the popular tourist sights. Many beautifully dressed people and an interesting city. The HUGE cathedral is very imposing in the plaza with its white marble exterior and massive steeples. Inside is just as impressive and a quite, cool solace on a hot day. Many people taking time out to sit and reflect. Security was tight and you could not enter with bare shoulders or hats on. The most amazing sight in...

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Jul 9, 2011 - Milan

On the road again heading into Italy, Milan. We decided to take the scenic route and we went up, up and up the mountains, then down, zig zag fashion, then through (5km one way tunnel) and the around and down again, definitely scenic!! We arrived at our Hotel (2km) from city centre (thanks to GPS) and after a rest enjoyed our first Italian meal at a 'Steak House', excellent, thumbs up to Italian food! The waiter was great and helped us with our very limited Italian.

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Jul 9, 2011 - Shopping, shopping, shopping!

Ciao Ciao! It is hard to believe I have been in Milan for only less than two days. It feels like I've been here a week already! We have done SO MANY THINGS since I've gotten here, and Serena says these haven't even been busy days at all! Last night, Alessio, Serena, and I went out for Aperitivos, which they describe as Happy Hour, but trust me - it is much better than any Happy Hour I've ever been to in the States! The way it works is you only have to pay for discounted drinks (we had a bottle of red wine, obviously) and then there is an...

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Jul 8, 2011 - Made it to Milano!

I made it to Milan! The flight was so easy, I slept the entire time! Serena and Alessio were waiting for me right as I walked out of my gate. We headed to Alessio's house, where his mom prepared a delicious homemade pasta lunch for us! After taking some time to freshen up, we headed out to explore Milan. We mainly just walked around the city, finding all the best places for Serena and me to come back and shop tomorrow! We walked up to this huge church in the middle of the city, and also saw a museum that holds the original Last Supper...

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