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The Italian Sisterhood

Today was Mike’s departure back to the US. After feeling quite proud of myself for making it back to the villa with only one wrong turn, I walked into a very quite apartment. 389 more words

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Italy Trip...Day 16

Waking up to sunshine again, at least not so intense as it has been and after a typically European hotel breakfast comprising of a bread roll and a cup of synthetic over frothy coffee (ok, maybe it wasn’t that bad) Julie and her morning husband Allan had planned a route to Koblenz or kerplunk as it’s become known, so with the hotel loaded into Allan’s satnav and the settings put on ‘mystery’ off we set with me and Paula bringing up the rear, it was nice to just to sit back and take it all in, leading takes it out of you a bit, especially on the more challenging routes. 250 more words

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Italy Trip... Day 15

day 15 – Como to Ulm

Our last morning in Lake Como, and what a morning it is, sun blazing and breakfast down by the lake, perfect.. 361 more words

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Italy Trip...Ian's Birthday (day 14)

Once we’d eaten breakfast overlooking the lake, and Ian had open and chortled at his birthday cards, we split into two groups. Ian, Julie, Allan, Justin and Linda went up to the lighthouse above Brunate – a very bendy and high route ending in spectacular views over the lake…while Paul and Paula took the washing to the launderette in Como and had a coffee while it was being done (bravery beyond words considering the number of days and the heat that just the socks alone had witnessed let alone the underwear!) Once finished they packed up and parked in Como and wandered into the old city for a look around before the other group joined us for a lunchtime stop in front of the duomo. 450 more words

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Pastorale

We stayed for three nights at a wonderful “agriturismo” or “bed-and-breakfast-on-a-working-Tuscany-farm.” The Tuscany countryside is simply beautiful: high rolling hills, vineyards, fruit trees, cows (la mucca), and that slow pace of countrysides everywhere. 180 more words

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On to Siena and our first Italy driving adventure

On Wednesday, we left Firenze through its marble-tiled but dirty bus station and took an express bus down the autostrada to Siena, a long-time rival of Florence south in the Tuscany countryside, with a beautiful centro storico (once you find it). 538 more words

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Masterworks

I feel very lucky to have seen so many masterworks of art. We had an incredible guide in Firenze, and it was truly a privilege to observe these great works through her perspective. 32 more words

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