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Oct 15, 2018 - San Remo on the Italian Riviera

I am fortunate that Shelia, one of the English speaking friends from Mondovi, decided to accompany me on this part of my trip, Three nights in San Remo. Shelia married an Italian man and now lives near her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, having made Italy her home. After our aperitif and then return to our nearby hotel for a rest we wandered into the shopping district of San Remo, stopped for a drink near the old port, got lost wandering back to the hotel, but still arrived in time for a wonderful dinner in the hotel Ristorante.

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Oct 12, 2018 - Mondovi: Pizza and A Vineyard

The weather was just perfect on this my second visit to Mondovi. I was able to see so much more. My new friends helped with driving me to places I might not have gotten too. I discovered the wonderful leather bag booth at the Cueno market, and visiting a beautiful Italian wine vineyard. Now I will be taking a train due south then west toward the French boarder, to the Italian Riviera on the Mediterranean coast.

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Oct 11, 2018 - The Ancient Wall Around Mondovi, Italy

Yesterday as I was making my way up the hill to the hilltop main area, called the Pazza Maggiore, I noticed a historical marker sign with English and Italian. I learned this is where I could turn off to wall around the ancient wall of Mondovi. Mondovi was fiirst founded in 1198 and had their first printing press in 1472. Imagine all this before my country, North America, was even discovered by Columbus! By 1537 it was claimed by France and was the largest city in the area.

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Oct 9, 2018 - Cuneo, Italy and Market Day Shopping

Today Anna invited me and two other ladies to drive to Cueno for the big market day there. Cueno is about 30 minutes away from Mondovi. It is a little larger then Mondovi with a very large piazza (square) that is chock full of market booths on this Tuesday of the month. We especiall went to visit the Italian leather bag booth. How wonderful. All bags are displayed in heaps inside paper shopping bags and all cost only 20 euros. I hate to even mention the price, because these are reall fine stamped on the leather made in Italy and genuine...

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Oct 5, 2018 - Ancient, Beautiful, Friendly Mondovi, Italy

These pictures tell it all. This part of Italy is not so busy, not so over developed. Everyone says 'Bonjourno' on passing. I haven’t heard a horn honk yet. The air seems fresh, and there is an abundance of fresh produce, whole grain breads, and of course delicious gelato. Most speak at least a little English. People sit on ancient benches in the Piazza visiting, or taking a mid morning espresso, or as I did this afternoon, a prosecco on little tables under age old brick arches and cobblestone sidewalks. Life is so good here. And also a...

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Oct 2, 2018 - Mondovi, Italy

I’m back in Mondovi, Italy. House setting in a lovely refurbished villa about a half mile from the ancient (piazza) hilltop city. I was here in February and it was a very snowy trip. So it is very nice to be back in pretty, green and warmer weather. I’m enjoying produce from the villa (grapes, figs, apples and tomatoes) and from the farmers market in town. Today I walked up the steep incline into the Piazza and took the funicular down to the business area to the farmers market. And also to meet up with some old friends from my last trip,...

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Mar 3, 2018 - Good Food in Geneva

I was able to sample some of the best food. Cheese fondue twice for dinner and another night the Rostis. I guess if you do a lot of skiing this food would be OK, I do not usually drink white wine, but the white wine of Switzerland was very tasty. I had read that Switzerland had good wine but few get to drink it because they only export about 20% of what the make. The rest is consumed within Switzerland.

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Mar 2, 2018 - Geneva, Switzerland; Some Sunshine Afteer the Snow

It snowed in Geneva the day I arrived by train and the air port was closed. I snowed all night and all the next day while I was on the Chocolate Walking Tour. I still snowed the next day too, but by afternooon cleared and I was able to take a stroll along the shore of Lake Geneva. Was slushy and slick but so pretty.

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Mar 2, 2018 - On a Walking Chocolate Tour in Geneva

Since I pre-booked this walking tour about chocolate before i learned about the weather I hated to cancel, especially since I paid about $100 for it. To my surprise it was not cancelled and the other three people who booked it also showed up. A lady from Virginia and a young couple from London. Most all the other tours for Geneva and the Day Trips were not offered at this time of year. Fortunately not only was chocolate shops explored but a good part of the old city and historical landmarks were included. We had to make a stop of one of the...

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Feb 25, 2018 - Snowbound in Mondovi, Italy: A Winter Wonderland

It is Sunday and I was last out on Wednesday. The snow began falling again Wednesday night. I was told there wasn’t much snow here and did not pack well for this weather or bring snow boots. It seems to be about 8 inches of snow. Thankfully, a neighbor has just cleared the roads of snow and there is no ice. There was a power problem for a few minutes yesterday and afterwards the thermostat stopped working. No hot water, floor, or towel racks. A testament to how friendly everyone is here; I flagged down a neighbor man this morning, the one...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Photos of Mondovi, Italy; Hilltop Town

I ventured out on foot today. Another wintery, cold day. The 15 minute walk is all uphill, the first part, nose to the ground in front of me, steep! There were only a few people wandering around which was good from my picture taking. I am in love with the annient and well preserved hilltop cities of Italy. Originally built on hilltops for security reasons as this country was in the crossroads of many warring groups. But the amazing thing to this American is how well preserved they all are. They continue to look much the same as they did 400...

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Feb 16, 2018 - Mondovi, Italy

Now for the best part of this trip to Italy, 2 weeks housesitting near Mondovi, Italy, a typical ‘hilltop city’. I can relax, read, enjoy this beautiful restored 400 plus years old farmhouse on the edge of town. The views from every room are breathtaking. The house was rescued several years ago by US friends of mine who have since become residents of Italy and love the more relaxed lifestyle. I was happily introduced to a group of their lady friends. Ladies from England, Australia, Scotland, the US and Italy, who fortunately for me, all...

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