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Oct 18, 2015 - Return to Borgo di Vagli

Sunday, October 11 After the usual bountiful Italian hotel breakfast we have become accustomed to, we headed out for our villa in the restored 14th century hamlet of Borgo di Vagli, in the hills east of Cortona in northeastern Tuscany near the Umbrian border. This would be our home base for the next 9 days. After finally getting used to the transmission of our Fiat in daylight (It helped immensely when we realized that a light on the dash indicated that we had been driving with the emergency brake on for several miles), we embarked on the...

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Greek Odyssey 2015

May 7, 2015 - No history learnin, church touring, art lookin, medieval town climbing day today!

We spread out our map of Italy, picked a place to go today! No medieval cities, or churches, or pasta kinda day. We drove across the mountains that very much reminded both of us if the east side of Golden,B.C. Super highway, construction, lots of traffic. Unlike the Rocky Mountains and hours of driving to cross, took about 1/2 hour or 45 minutes. We stopped in Grosseto, Lewy found parking in the "Centro" district which is apparently a rare opportunity, parking is scarce all over Italy's city centres. (By the way, only if you live in the...

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May 6, 2015 - We walked up hundreds of steps for that?

Drove to yet another medieval city perched high on a mountain top. Driving in Italy is getting to Shel: stop signs are only suggestions to locals, tailgating, high risk passing, and people driving like double the posted speed limit! We drove the car as close as we could to the city of Assisi. After we found parking in that hilly, busy place, we then climbed hundreds of stairs, and walked up extremely steep narrow stone roads. We stood in line at the "Basilica Di San Francesco". Our guide we hired said basically: "Some rich dude from the...

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May 5, 2015 - Wine and olive oil tasting in Montepuluciano.

Tour of a historical wine cellar! We've seen almost as many wine cellars as churches here. This cellar is the Cadilac (or Mozerati) of cellars! Followed by lottsa wine glasses getting dirty, Appies, assorted aged cheeses, fresh bread, best lasagne I have ever tasted, biscotti dipped in a dessert wine comparable to our ice wine in Canada. Some of that stuff is coming home with us. Drove to Cortona late afternoon on busy roads. I think Lewy got lost and was making shit up, pouting because I said his nose isn't sun burned ... It's the wine....

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May 4, 2015 - Farm stay at Village of Crete, outside Cortona.

I woke up at 6:30 a.m., still feeling a full belly from last nights feast. I counted the days of my pasta/wine marathon: day 19! To Shel I said "I will not drink wine or eat fresh pasta today." We said a sad good bye/hugs to San Gimignano. We drive towards Cortona,the land became less steep hills and more rolling hills. The dirt in the fields is a darker brown, and the sound of barking hounds disappeared. The farmhouses are smaller have much more manicured yards/gardens, many wheat fields. ( or as we call them : pasta fields.) Sky is blue...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Cortona looks like a postcard!

The Villa Marsili in Cortona is set high on a hill overlooking the Tuscan countryside and is just a short walk from the center of town. When we look out our window, the scenery is so perfect that it appears to be fake. Cortona looks just like a postcard. The Villa Marsili is wonderful and has the best breakfast in Italy and the most attentive service. -------- Today Sam connects us with a local friend, Giovanni, who is also an Italian live-wire (apparently a common trait among the Italians) and he is our guide for the day to the Etruscan...

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Sep 20, 2013 - Cortona, Claudio and Alba Event

This morning we departed Florence for Tuscany and the village of Cortona (home of the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun"). But before we get to Cortona, we will be stopping at a Farm and Winery owned by Claudio and Alba, friends of our hosts. -------- We hope you will enjoy the pictures from this special day which were all taken at Claudio and Alba's home/farm and their Poggio Molina vineyards. Enjoy the pictures because it is impossible to describe the amazing experience that we had in their home. It was an authentic Tuscan experience that we...

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Aug 13, 2013 - Entry No2

Hello to all Family and Friends, We have had another wonderful week in Italy. Arezzo as you can gather from my last news is on a hill like a lot of the towns and villages in Italy. We are always walking up or down a hill, so my work out at the Gym has been wonderful, not too sure about David but he seems to be keeping up. Last Tuesday we were witnesses to the most amazing parade in honour of the patron saint of Arezzo there were hundreds of them all dressed up in period costume, some where twirling and throwing flags high into the air each...

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2013 Italian Odyssey

Jun 26, 2013 - Last Day in Tuscany

Well today is our last day in Tuscany. We have had a blast to say the least. Many memories built that we have all the rest of our years to laugh about. Seems today is a quiet day as everyone reflects on the past three weeks. We will swim, suntan, sleep on our loungers by the pool, have lunch, go out for dinner, have gelato and then go to bed. Tomorrow morning we are catching the 9:09 am train out of Chiusi to Florence. From there we are taking a bus to the Diva Hotel to check in. After that is all said and done it will be time to make our...

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Italy - 2013

Jun 24, 2013 - Going to Cortona

This morning we are on our way to Cortona for one last time. Shopping in this hill town is amazing! Will tell you all about it this afternoon with some pictures. Be sure to check out the videos we posted yesterday. Bye for now, Marilyn Khamis Melo Doug Joyce

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Italy - 2013

Jun 23, 2013 - Down day at the Villa

Today is Sunday and most stores in town are closed for a day of rest. We are soaking up the sunshine, reading books and swimming in the pool today. This evening is our date for dinner with our host family.....Marzia, Fiore and Alice. It's for 8:00 pm and we are sure that we will be again eating for 3 hours. Doug and Joyce are in the kitchen now making us some beautiful toasted tomato sandwiches for lunch. Tomorrow we are planning another trip to Cortona to pick up last minute gifts. There are some fantastic stores in this hill town that...

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Italy - 2013

Jun 22, 2013 - At the Villa

Today we are reading books, swimming and sun tanning beside the pool. The temperature in Tuscany is 30C. There is a perfect breeze that sends all the perfumes from the sweet blossom trees right past your nose. l will do another update later today. Have a wonderful day to all of you.

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Italy - 2013

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