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Feb 6, 2014 - Florence

Well what to say about Italy so far. Bari, the landing place for my boat from Montenegro. It was rough but I was smelling a flower at a stand and a women came out and talked to me in Italian. She started smelling them looking for one with lots of fragrant. Then she gave it to me to smell, then gave it to me to keep. And when I asked the guy at the train station a question about my ticket and he called me Bella and I did not mind it at all. but the energy here is transient. Then on to Rome Where I was just over whelmed. In part from the...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Florence, Italy

We took another bus tour that inluded a walking tour of Florence and a drive to see the Towe of Pisa. The tour description; "Departing the port of Livorno, enjoy a short drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to the historic university town of Pisa, situated on the banks of the Arno River. Take a short stroll to the Field of Miracles to marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Enjoy the beauty of this architectural wonder as you take in the scenery from the piazza. You will have approximately 45 minutes in Pisa for photographs and to...

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Oct 20, 2013 - Florence: Academia, Michelangelo's home, Palazzo Vecchio, Museum San Marco

OCTOBER 17th ARRIVAL IN FLORENCE: Early check in to our little apartment near Medici Chapel. Great place with small kitchen. We went right out to do our walk around Rome. First a great lunch right around the corner of our place. Stopped near the Uffizzi and took a bunch of pictures near Palazzo Vecchio, walked over one bridge to look at the exterior of Ponte Vecchio and then walked through all the gold and diamond shops on the Ponte Vecchio. We were hijacked by 2 male salesman and were introduced to fine leather coat that was originally...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Best Deals Close to Home

It was an early start for all of us today as we our first stop was the Accademia where the original David statue is. I'm not sure there are words to describe the first image when you see the 14 foot high man. We were so lucky to get there early and when we first got to the statue there were only about half a dozen people in there. Of course we spent time seeing all the sites in the museum but there was no doubt that DAVID was the highlight. As we walked the 2 blocks back to the apartment we stopped for lattes and croissants at the local...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 23, 2013 - saturnia and wineries

Yesterday we drove into the hills of Tuscany. We hit the hot springs in Saturnia...very relaxing. We then went to atwo family owned wineries. The first was La Maremma Terra. Very nice people. Wi.wry started in 1950 by grandfather and still working today. Was able to see them start to press the grapes in the wine process. Very neat. The second winery was Mitts. Eric's was very gracious and helpful. Loved it. When we left got hugs and kisses....it was great. Today off to western hills of Tuscany

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Sep 23, 2013 - Hell Bent for Leather

It was an early start for me this morning as I headed off to the market for fresh croissants, fruit, cheeses and meat. The market is quite close, located indoors and is very clean and well organized - a lovely place to shop. Outside they were just starting to set up the outside market. This was at 7 am and they didn't open until 10. We did go back there later and checked out many of the stalls, especially those with leather. After breakfast we headed out trying to beat the crowds. Not a chance!! Our first stop was to view the Baptistry...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 22, 2013 - Art, bikes and churches in Florence

Up early today to make our 9:15 reservation at the Uffizi Gallery. We were able to spend a good couple of hours exploring the wonderful art from many centuries ago. The paintings are definitely a sight to behold with The Holy Family by Michelangelio but the Botticelli paintings were also special. After a wonderful lunch - check out the bruschetta in the square outside of the Uffizi, we walked across Ponte Vecchco, the beautiful bridge across the Aron River. Much of the remainder of the day was walking and checking out places. We kept...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 22, 2013 - made it to San Vencinzo

Problems with internet...hope to get photos later. Spent all day I Florence. Lots of museums. Went to Macadamia and saw the statute of David....more impedsive in person. Went to the Duomo and climbed to the too of the cupula...a lot of steps...too many to count...but magnificant views. Headed to San Vincenzo about 4:30. Signagd was limits and we barely made it time to check in... Part of the adventure. Today we rested....went for walk by the sea....found se.a glad...so I consider it a success. Got groceries and spent the day at the...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Lap of Luxury

Our last morning in Venice. We attempted to go to the Frari Church which is said to have beautiful art work. We were actually able to find it without too much problem only to find out that it was closing for a wedding. If we had just been 5 minutes earlier we would have made it inside. As an alternative we then went to Salute Church which was definitely more impressive on the outside than inside. There were some fabulous paintings dating back to the 16th Century. This church was built after the plague killed a third of the population to...

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Bella Italia!

Sep 20, 2013 - Arrived in Florence....what a day

A great first day in Florence. Flight was on time...got rental car.....fantastic...only 20 minutes to the hotel....RIGHT!!!! Would be so easy if they had street signs. Florence is a lot like Boston....you can see where you want to go...you just can't get there. I think it took us 2 hours to get to the hotel. Oh well....that is part of the adventure of traveling abroad. Spent the rest of the day exploring the historical town of Florence. It was absolutely beautiful. Lots of piture that I hope to upload tomorrow. Hitting the museums...

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Sep 19, 2013 - Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Today we toured the Uffizi Art Gallery in Florence with Sam as our guide. The art was beautiful and my favorite was a depiction of the Annunciation of Mary with the Angel shown in a beautiful pink gown with gold embroidery. The gold in these paintings literally leaps off the canvas. Since there are no pictures allowed, I bought postcards of my favorites and took a few snapshots of the postcards to attach to the trip journal. We also visited the famous carved Baptistry doors here and saw the Duomo (church). Each town has a church in the main...

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Sep 19, 2013 - I Greppi d Selli

I Greppi d Silli was a great place for our group to gather. We had a three bedroom villa with a apartment next door. There was a big table in each unit where we gathered each night for long dinners. (too many bugs to be outside). The pictures show the beautiful views around the property. What they probably don't show is the steepness of the terrain or the hospitality of the hosts. Eavh morning John and I sauntered down the cobblestone/rock road that was lined with olive trees and grape vines. The grapes will be picked this next week so each...

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