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Jul 18, 2011 - Tuscany

On Monday, Lori had her presentation and she ended up having to go get all her materials remade at some print shop in town an hour beforehand! While she was there FedEx called and I pretended I was Lori and bitched them out about how much money she spent on shipping it all and how it was suppose to be here last Wednesday. The girl was no help, and Lori decided she is going to “write a letter”. Haha So I got up and went to San Gimignano in the Tuscany region. It was about a 2 hour train/bus ride. It was amazing! It was what I imagined Italy...

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Jul 8, 2011 - Hiking the Cinque Terre

Yesterday and today we hiked the Cinque Terre trail. We started yesterday morning in Monterosso at about 10:30. The weather felt perfect, windy and probably 75 degrees. We loaded up with sunblock and hats, water and tennis shoes. It took us just slightly over 90 minutes to hike from Monterosso to Vernazza. Man, that section is brutal. There were times it felt like we just kept climbing and climbing, Dar said we were on the stairway to heaven! John was able to wring his shirt out when we got to Vernazza...actually he threw it away and Lori...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Travel to the Cinque Terre

Left San Gimignano with a full belly and map at the ready. John and Dar had time to reprogram Suzie Garmin, she is now Jack Garmin. He is a voice these two middle aged men can hear! We decided with the issues regarding the locked door that we should go directly to La Spezia, turn in the rental car and forgo Pisa and Lucca. (This is good, you see we need to come back now, we didn't get to show John and Lori Pisa and Dar and I didn't get to see Lucca yet!). Off we went, Jack telling us directions and speeding along Italian back roads. We got...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Help, we can't leave San Gimignano!

Crazy day today. We were planning to get up, have a leisurely breakfast and depart San Gimignano around 10:00. God had other ideas for us! It turns out that John and Lori have an outside room, meaning the door to their room was specially fortified to withstand an assault from marauders and theives...at least people with plastic and knives!!! We were having a leisurely breakfast and John had the "urge" so he went to get into their room and damn...the door was locked! They didn't have the key. No need, we were about 15 feet from their door....

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Jul 5, 2011 - Darwin"e", Volterra, Montalcino and Suzie Garmin

Took off today to explore Tuscany. We are pretty close to Volterra, maybe 15 miles or so. We fired up the new garmin GPS, toasted to our new friend, Suzie Garmin and off we went. Suzie was doing great until we hit the first of the road construction right outside Volterra. She spent quite a bit of time recalculating while we just followed traffic and eventually, she got us to a parking lot just shy of the gates to the city. Volterra is a pretty little hill town and there were alot of people strolling the streets. We went into the church,...

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Jul 5, 2011 - San Gimignano "ding-dongs"

Last night when we were walking through the down of San Gimignano, we were stopped by about 5 vehicles winding their way through the skinny streets. These were not your everyday vehicles, these were crane like vehicles. We were watching in amazement at the abilities of the drivers to manuever this machinery. The shopkeepers and tourists alike were gapping. While we stood outside the restaurant we eventually ate it, the owner told Lori that it was for the "ding-dongs". He couldn't remember the word, bells. Later, we walked by the church at...

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Jul 4, 2011 - We found our way to Tuscany

We have made our way through Italy today without a hitch...God was smiling on us! We left Varenna on the 8:37 train bound for Milano. We arrived at about 9:30 and I went in search of tickets to get us to Siena. You are not going to believe it...I used an automated machine to buy our 1st class tickets to Florence! No problems! We had a great ride to Florence and then we took the bus rather than the train to Siena...Rick Steve's said it was easier and faster...he was right. We met a man at the bus station from North Carolina who guided us to...

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Jun 12, 2010 - San Gimignano!

San Gimignano! had Gelato that has won best Gelato for like 5 years straight in all of Europe. Deliciousssssss. Saw a couple get married who were from Madrid. Soooo lovely. They were so nice to us. I'm totally in one of their wedding portraits cuz they wanted me to be. Awesomeeee. They drove off in a little old Jagaur. So sweet<3

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Viaggiatore Vergine

Oct 15, 2009 - San Gimignano

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Anil picked up a brochure in the lobby of our hotel in Florence and read about a day trip that would take tourists to Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena over the course of twelve hours. At first he thought we should take the tour, something that we almost never do, but then he was put off by the price and the early start, 8:00 am. He began looking into the distances to these three ‘must-see’ places in Tuscany, and read about them in the Lonely Planet. He learned that they were all easy to reach by bus or train, but...

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Jun 30, 2009 - Chianti/San Gimignano

We seem to be adjusting, relaxing, settling into our routine. Staying at ONE Villa, rather than packing and unpacking suitcases, is helping a lot. So we seem to be getting lost in this new world around us... Well not really new. Today was definitely the day for old medieval towns. In the morning the kids stayed with Lorraine to paint, then play Bocce Ball. In the meantime, Irene, Jerry and I went on a walking tour of small towns and through vineyards with a guide named Nello. First we started at San Donato, an old town with a Country Chapel...

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May 18, 2009 - San Gimignano and Monteriggioni

It was the call of the cookoo which I awoke to this morning. Our breakfast on the terrace was relaxing and the sky without a cloud. Hike # 2 Our hike completely circumnavigated San Gimignano, along the ridges of the Tuscan hills, edges of olive groves, and past acres of vines. There was a gentle breeze and many opportuities to photograph this medieval town of 7 000, and its 8 tall towers. We constantly hear, " No tower, no power" from our guide. Years gone by San Gimignano boasted 58! After approximately 2 1/2 - 3 hours of walking we entred...

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Italy Spring 2009!

Apr 30, 2009 - Climbing even more towers

Today was our last day to explore Tuscan "hill towns," so we had to go out with a bang! We started today in Volterra. The town was absolutely beautiful with it's narrow streets and interesting architecture. It is best known for it's alabaster, so of course I had to have something. The search began... I found so many beautiful sculptures that I would have loved to have brought home, however for two reasons, 1) the price and 2) there was no way to get it home safely, I passed them all up. I ended up purchasing a beautiful little display type...

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