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Jun 29, 2004 - Messina

I visited Messina for the day in the hope of seeing the famous Monastary leveled by allied bombs in world war two. Alas! Without a car there is no way up there apart from an infrequent bus service which I missed. The archeology was wonderful though, all the more enjoyable for being the only visitor.

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Andy's Wanderings

Jun 25, 2004 - The Dolomites

On Sunday 20 June 2004 we left Lago di Como (Menaggio) and headed to the hills, except these hills are giants compared to Australian hills. We spent five days at Ortisei, a village in the Val Gardena, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites. The scenery was spectacular and right up there with the rest of the European Alps. Much of the Dolomites used to be part of Austria and the area has retained an Austrian-feel in the architecture, food and clothes. We even saw a man in the main street wearing peddle-pushers, long socks...

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Jun 18, 2004 - Antibes

We made our way to France, and have arrive at the seaside town of Antibes, next door to Nice. It if full of fun shops, fashionable people, my favorite baguette sandwiches and more multi-million dollar yachts than you can imagine! Tomorrow, we meet up with the Woods clan and meet our nephew Atticus for the first time! We'll be offline for a week being spoiled while cruising along the Rhone. Here is our day to day float through Provence (except in reverse): View the itinerary here

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Jun 17, 2004 - Trip to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is by far the best city I've been to so far. Literally translated it means "five lands." There are five different towns here, each a few kilometers apart. Vernazza is my favorite of the five, but Monterrosa is a close second. Eventhough there is a train that can take you between each city in a few minutes, we took the hikes between each town which took hours and was very exhausting. But the views you got in return were well worth the effort. The beaches here are free which was nice but the water was cold. We had a great time...

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Jun 7, 2004 - Endings and Beginnings

Dear Friends, We don't know where to start so we will start with the fact that we are now in Italy and taking a well deserved rest from the rigors of traveling in the Middle East. Not only do we have hot showers, clean tiled floors, a beautiful view, peace and quiet, friendly people who speak to us, wonderful shops, we also have the satisfaction of knowing we made it. So whoever you are and whatever you think you can't do, forget that line of thinking. Anything is possible. We have snorkeled in the Red Sea, bumped along on the backs of...

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Kandie's Pilgrimage

May 20, 2004 - Taormina

Today we flew over to the Island of Sicily and pleasantly arrived in the towering town of Taormina. It is an oasis from Naples with charming resorts, breathtaking views from all around and a historic center bustling with cafes, shops and wine bars. We love it here. We extended our stay and have been spoiling ourselves with a some poolside siestas! Must go try Rhett's first Cannoli!

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May 13, 2004 - View of Ravello

The Amalfi coast was built under the most amazing of conditions, it is difficult to believe that the hotels and roads actually do cling to the cliffs and even more so that you are surviving the bus drive through it. The most surreal view I have ever experienced is at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. A lifetime must see!

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Mar 24, 2004 - Soverato

We are now in Soverato Marina. All the cities along the Calabrian coast have "Marina" in their names. Until just a few years ago, all the cities were in the hills, because the seaside was malaria-infested swamp. When tourist development came, the hillside towns developed seaside annexes. So there are two cities with the same name. It was a beautiful drive. The coast is gorgeous and the ocean is so blue. We got to Soverato around 4 p.m. and were met by Pat's cousin Pietro Corapi. He took us around town, bought us coffee and will take us...

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Sep 6, 2001 - It all started with Kevin on his knee on a Swiss Summit!

Well back in Sept. of 2000, we climbed this mountain called Piz Buin near Tina's village in the Eastern Alps of Switzerland. What she didn't know about was the surprise I was carrying in my pocket! As you know, she said "Yes", and this wild goose-chase for a Visa for Tina, a college degree for me, and life together began. Here we are almost four years later, and the Visa is in hand, I'm three years into the degree, and the wedding is planned for May 29th, 2004. We want to say "Thank You" to all our friends and family who supported us along...

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