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Aug 11, 2012 - Montecatini

Bonneserra, up early..left for Florence, Italy. A six hour ride ..drove by mount vesuvious, naples, and montecassino built in 524 AD bombed and re-built in 1943. Drove through the Apelaine mountains.We saw a village perched on top of a volcano called Orte..which was once a fortress against enemies.Lots of tobacco fields and sunflowers. Orvieto..it is a butte, a town built on volcanic ash,lots of underground tunnels, and a well 20 metres of double helix to haul water up and down.We arrived in Florence..walking tour of the inner city..saw the...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Montecatini Terme - Florence - Mestre

Bye Tuscany. 5 ½ hour drive today. In route to Mestre, we stopped in Flourence. Went into the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo’s famous sculpture “David”. We saw the political center and the religious center. We saw the only bridge that was not destroyed after WWII. I went up the dome of the Piazza del Duomo Church. Checked into our hotel and had dinner.

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May 30, 2011 - The Trip Home

It was a great trip until we started home, but it was all downhill from there. We arrived at the airport in Florence to find our flight had been cancelled for "Operational Reasons." We stood in line for five hours trying to get rebooked and then, after we finally had a booking, get the tickets. Lufthansa put us up in the Hilton Metropole which was very glitzy but also fairly comfortable. The woman standing in front of us during most of those five hours at the airport was sneezing and coughing, and, yep, I got a cold which Sam then proceeded...

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May 26, 2011 - Last Day in Florence

This was our final trip into Florence, and it was a humdinger. We took the train in this time, which calls for a short aside: I certainly wish we had trains like this at home. They are fast, clean (run on electricity), comfortable, and cheap. It seems that in the US only the bigger cities can afford to have rail transportation. I don't know how they manage here; maybe they built the lines before it got so expensive to do so. But back to Florence. We first went to the Museum of the Duomo (the Florentine cathedral). It houses an astonishing...

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May 25, 2011 - The Medici Family and Life in Italy

This morning we had a lecture on the Medici family; again, the lecturer was really good. She is an American who has lived and taught history here for many years. Most of what she covered, but not all, was information we have heard before from the Teaching Company lectures or from a book about the Medici. But she made it all come alive, made it interesting, and tied together lots of loose ends. After that, we had about an hour and a half before lunch, so Sam and I went for a walk. There is a really beautiful park nearby with shady trails,...

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May 23, 2011 - Info About Uffizi, Funiculare

Cable Car (Funiculare) photos added May 8th. This morning Rocky Ruggiano again gave a lecture, this time on what we will see in the Uffizi Museum tomorrow. He is an American who has been living and teaching art history in Italy for about sixteen years. He's one of the best we have had, and there is some remote possibility that I'll remember a little of what he said when in the museum. This afternoon we again had free time, so Sam and I walked around town a little, read, knitted (me, not Sam), read, and I tried to upload photos without much...

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May 22, 2011 - Cuisine of Italy

This morning we had a lecture on the Cuisine of Italy, and learned a little more about Italian food: its diversity by region and the reasons for that. Mostly, it is because different things grow well in different parts of the country, and people traditionally used what was handy. I've been picking up a lot of simple ideas about ways of serving things that I think we can use when we get home. One that I probably will NOT use is bread without salt. Seems that Napoleon at one time imposed a tax on salt. Instead of throwing it in the sea, as...

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May 19, 2011 - What "Terme" is All About

There is, indeed, a hot spring (terme) here, and we visited it today. It is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. In 1927 an incredibly beautiful complex was built for tourists to come and “take the waters.” That consists of a regime of from 6 to 12 days of drinking the mineral water every day. We decided we'd pass on that, but really enjoyed walking around the place, listening to a guide with a beautiful Italian accent explaining about what we were seeing (Sam taking video), having a buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant, and then just...

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