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Jul 24, 2018 - Day 9 Lago Maggiore

The Grand Hotel Dino was where we stayed for 2 nights. It was beautiful. It was situated on Lago Maggiore. The view from our room was spectacular. In the afternoon, we had short cruise to an island called Isola Bella. There’s a 14th century palace owned by the Borromeo Family. They were a wealthy bankers during the Renaissance. The family still owns the palace. We wandered around the massive italian gardens.

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Jul 23, 2018 - Day 8 Milan

Milan was our next destination. I always think of fashion when I think of Milan. We walked through a covered shopping mall- The Galleria. It was full of stores like Prada and Versace which explains why we kept walking. The 14th century castle owned by the Sforza Family was next on the agenda. The Sforza Family was a very powerful during the Renaissance and rivals of the Medici Family. And, of course, every Italian city has it’s beautiful church. Milan’s is the Duomo. I just marvel at the elaborate exteriors of these buildings.

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Jul 9, 2018 - Lake Como

I thought I was in love with Venice!! Omg Lake Como is stunning in every way!!! I haven’t had coffee with George Cluney yet!! But he’s probably busy𤘈𯘍 besides that, the atmosphere is magic. So relaxing, walking the lake is exilerating, most days we walk around 10km ++ and the scenery is breathtaking, we also did a walk similar to lofty but not as long, so we had amazing Veiws from above, fantastic!! I could definitely live here. Relaxed the last few nights eating in the square overlooking the cathedral (Domo) with caprese salad,...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Jun 22, 2018 - Milan - size does matter

With my last house guests gone and eight whole days left in Lecco before heading down under (do they use that term here?) to The Cinque Terre, I embarked on my first day trip, this time to the Milano, capital of Lombardy, and the second most populous city in Italy after Rome, having a population of 1,380,873. That's more than ten times the population of Lecco. Fortunately, the train from Lecco (if you catch the express one) only takes about 39 minutes, so I joined the commuters after farewelling Annie and Carol on their way to Croatia (or...

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Helen in Europe

Apr 29, 2018 - Milan

Milan is a city in northern Italy and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. It served as capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 to 404 BC. Milan is considered a leading global city with strengths in the field of the art, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, services, research, and tourism. The city has long been named fashion capital of the world and the world's design capital, thanks to several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan...

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Malta and Milan 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - Bob's journey continued.

So Betsy and I parted company on Thursday. It was a strange feeling sitting in the airport alone waiting for my flight. I depend on her to help figure things out. I caught my flight from Milan to Frankfurt flying over the Alps. At Frankfurt I got my big bag and got to the train station. It was a long walk but I got to the right platform. I still had some moments of anxiety as I was not completely sure of my train as I hopped on. It was the right one and 2 hours later I was in Gottingen. I traveled here to see my friend Rainer. He and I...

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Trip to Italy

Apr 20, 2018 - I be home

I returned home at 7:00 last night. I spent the long flight and then today thinking back over the trip. I don't consider myself to be a great traveler, but Italy really was a wonderful place to visit. I loved walking all the old streets, and even their doors were beautiful to me. I love it when we wander into places unplanned like the convent and the castle from 1400 that we stayed at. The food was fantastic and the wine was good and cheap! Bob and I talked a lot about how people do vacations differently. There's no one right way. We...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Tuesday in Monterosso and meeting crazy guy

Tuesday morning we left Florence and took the train to Monterosso, Cinque Terre. A gorgeous day and a spectacular place! Right on the Ligurian Bay which leads to the Mediterranean Sea. A bit of a rocky start as we were quite sure we could walk half mile with luggage to hotel. Saw quite a few incredulous glances and even an offer of help as we struggled up the wrong path and skipped the easy foot tunnel. Oh well! That was the only time we did that! Lots of people were hiking up cliffs or swimming or shopping but we chose to sit at some of...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Hidden Gems

This is Bob writing here. Betsy does all of our hotel bookings. She does the research and then makes the bookings. In the case of our hotel in Florence it was really a last minute addition to the itinerary. So whatever we got was ok as long as there were beds! We checked in and things looked good then we left to see the sights of Florence. We came back late and went to bed. In the morning we went to breakfast. I wondered aloud what this place might have been in a previous life. I said maybe a convent or monastery. There was something about...

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Apr 17, 2018 - Sunday dinner in Milan and Monday in Florence

Sunday night we went with Leslie to a great place with an entertaining waiter. He was really after Bob to relax and said dinner should last about 3-4 hours. For the second night in a row we got free lemoncello so we think he had as much fun as we did. Bob went home and I went with Leslie to the laundromat so she would be ready to head back to Stockholm. Words cannot express how good it was to spend time with Leslie. I'm so proud of her and what she's doing and am pleased we could see her in this environment. Will miss her dearly until I see...

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Apr 15, 2018 - Saturday in Lake Como

Everyone must go to Lake Como! Leslie, Bob and I took a one hour train ride to Varenna, got our bearings over coffee and treats and walked through many small, stony streets to get to our hotel. Our hostess was a woman with few words, Italian or otherwise, but she had our rooms ready early and for that I am grateful. We set out to explore the delightful little town on the lake and decided to take the ferry to Bellagio, after gelato, across the way. We had lunch there and just enjoyed the scenery. The whole area is absolutely gorgeous! Lots...

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Nov 1, 2017 - Train to Milan

From Madrid to Barcelona and then on past the French Riviera, my Special Reclining Class train seat has left me with a numb bum! The Spanish Renfe train system is efficient and comfortable and seems to be keeping more or less on schedule. The scenery has been gorgeous and the activity on the train amusing, so the time has passed relatively quickly. I've finished my first book and several magazines but have actually found myself staring out of the windows for extended periods of time, reflecting on life at home and wondering about my...

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