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Mar 22, 2014 - Chianti Classico - it's not just for drinking.....

So this tour is my favorite one. Today was David's third time, my sixth. Worth every penny. We headed out at 8:30 with the guide, Nadia, an Aussie who went to school in London and now lives here, the driver, a mother-daughter team from Alabama and a older married couple from Vancouver. They all have better ankles and knees than I do. So off to our first stop, San Gimignano. A hill town in the Chianti region that essentially stopped in the 14th century. No new buildings, no real economy but tourism, it is a city of towers. In its prime,...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Firenze Friday

I love Florence. I love just being here. I try to figure out if my favorite city is Florence or New Orleans and it is definitely Florence. At least until I go back to New Orleans in September. And the symbol of both cities is the fluer de lis! It's a sign! A symbol, actually, but anyway..... We went on a walking tour today. I had booked the Chianti tour I always do (went with brothers and SIL and got the guide drunk on tequila shots on the way back from Sienna). They asked if we could take that tour tomorrow and I said sure and they comped...

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Mar 20, 2014 - Firenze-Thursday

So our train didn't leave until 10, and since we had figured out the whole hotel to train station navigation, we got to start the day at a civilized hour. A one hour fifty minute train ride put us into Santa Maria Novella station. And since I am SO smart and know Florence SO well, we decided to drag our bags and walk to the hotel instead of taking a taxi. About 17 miles (maybe one) in 100 degree heat (it really was 75 which feels like 100 to me), we find our hotel door. Bordered on each side by sidewalk cafés, we dragged our asses and David...

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Mar 19, 2014 - Forgivness

How long can you hold on to the anger? well forever if you want but I don't want. It is time to forgive my parents and me :) When I was in the 6th grade my dad,Albert, went in for exploratory surgery and we were told that he had asbestos poisoning that would turn to cancer then we were told to prepare for his death. Medical issues and all went on until his last child (me) graduated from high school. Dad died of dehydration March 5 1993, I was 19. I watch him die (along with my family and a few extended family members). Off topic a handful...

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Mar 13, 2014 - Hip-Hop

As I sit on the terrace I keep looking out over the roof tops and it hits me, I live in Italy. hahahaha How the hell did that happen??? Just had to get that off my chest. Ok so I have started a Hip-Hop (dance) class. I have survived 2 classes so far. My knees are hatching a plan to kill me but I am hoping they will forgiving me soon. hahaha The back of my thighs are sore but I have more energy. All the kids in the class are in their early 20s, I think but I don't bring up age. Who needs to know I will be 41 this month. The teacher Rebecca...

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Mar 9, 2014 - And the seamstress drills it home

I went to see the woman making a pair of pants and what started out to be a shirt but I pulled the plug after a few disagreements but will now turn it in to a pretty scarf. We were to meet on Saturday for the final fitting of the pants and to pick up the completed scarf. The pants were there (after I waited 10 min for her to finish up something) but the scarf was still the loosely sewn up shirt. I ask the obvious question ˝the scarf is not ready?˝ and the seamstress drills home something I have been struggling with for a while now. Nope...

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Mar 7, 2014 - I'm going the wrong way.......

As I left the house today on this perfect Spring day, blue skies with enough of a breeze to keep you walking for hours, in Florence (sorry Canada) I wondered where I would go. And found myself walking the same way as the big grocery. I go this way often and had no plans today but to explore more. ˝I'm going the wrong way˝ I tell myself but I still keep walking. Turns out I know better than I think I do, when I am listening properly. I end up at traditional Naples restaurant (forget the name of the restaurant will have to look it up) having...

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Feb 19, 2014 - My Florence apartment

Since I have gotten to Italy, I have been following this intuition, inside voice and my heart. I knew that Rome is where I was to start. Then when I decided on Verona, I knew I would not stay there. It is odd because if I had to bet I would say Verona would be where I should be. I felt comforted there and a lot went right. But then again Venice is on the water and you know I love that. But I have chosen to stay in Florence for a reason that makes no sense at all, I can not hear anymore hints on where to move on to. It seems silly I know...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Lets split the bill

Florence, for me is makes no sense. There is no sea or ocean here. There is not much to do once you have seen the sights. But I some how feel like this is where I am meant to be for now. If you are going to spend some time here. It is all about walking around and discovering new little places you had never seen before. It is a perfect walking city. I stumble on something new everyday. I take the same general route but change it up as I go. I get lost sometimes but then manage to get myself back to a place I recognize and then can always get...

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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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