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Feb 18, 2018 - Photos of Mondovi, Italy; Hilltop Town

I ventured out on foot today. Another wintery, cold day. The 15 minute walk is all uphill, the first part, nose to the ground in front of me, steep! There were only a few people wandering around which was good from my picture taking. I am in love with the annient and well preserved hilltop cities of Italy. Originally built on hilltops for security reasons as this country was in the crossroads of many warring groups. But the amazing thing to this American is how well preserved they all are. They continue to look much the same as they did 400...

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Feb 16, 2018 - Mondovi, Italy

Now for the best part of this trip to Italy, 2 weeks housesitting near Mondovi, Italy, a typical ‘hilltop city’. I can relax, read, enjoy this beautiful restored 400 plus years old farmhouse on the edge of town. The views from every room are breathtaking. The house was rescued several years ago by US friends of mine who have since become residents of Italy and love the more relaxed lifestyle. I was happily introduced to a group of their lady friends. Ladies from England, Australia, Scotland, the US and Italy, who fortunately for me, all...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Moneglia

After a great 5 hour drive we picked up our door keys and almost immediately our unit was made homely, clothes hanging, kitchen sorted and washing underway. Gilli was on a roll. Bloody hell, the vacuum could have been next.....even if it wasn't necessary. An afternoon walk-around got our bearings sorted and allowed us to appreciate how nice this small village was. Quaint, colourful, peaceful and seaside. Perfecto. Moneglia was well placed on the Mediterranean shoreline between Genoa to the north and Livorno to the south and served our...

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Nov 2, 2017 - Italy - the final countdown

We had gone into Paco for snacks and wine and stayed too long so Thursday morning we are both not feeling 100%. We meet Gabry for coffee and she has kindly prepared paperwork for us to cancel Aria. She has prepared the cancellation letter and the post office paperwork to register the letter. This all works fine but the bank not so much. Gabry has written out that we want to stop the direct debit. As usual a visit to an Italian bank is long and complicated. In the end it is not possible only Aria can stop the direct debit … crazy. Let’s see...

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Italy Fall 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - Adorable towns and big competitions

Today we awake to a real mist again and it is cooler than it has been. Gabry is supposed to come up to take some new pictures of the outside for the real estate page. We have had a leisurely morning all staying in our rooms till 8 am. Although Terry lounged to more like 9. I think she was just lying there till she got an over 100 point Word Chums word against me! Gabry has not arrived by 11 when the sun breaks through but just as well as with the mist the pictures wouldn’t be great anyhow. Ed takes the opportunity to glue and bang back the...

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Italy Fall 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - The gangs all here

Susan and Cor’s flight is going to be an hour late so they will be late for lunch. So Gail and I head into town ourselves. Today we are going to go to Casa Nova which we haven’t been to in few years. It is down very steep steps from the main trulli street into was likely once a trulli storage room. It is a great spot and the food still excellent. Fave e cicoria to share, grilled giant prawns (always messy to eat), insalata mista and patitine fritta. We get back before the girls arrive but not too far ahead. Gail whips up a small platter of...

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Italy Fall 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - Depature Time

Unfortunately the time has come to say goodby to Italy - it is not addio (goodbye) it is arrivederci (see you later) as I am sure we will return at some time! We are up at 5:30 as the luggage needs to be in the sitting area by 6:30 and we are scheduled to depart for the Rome airport at 7:00am. Patrizio arrives to pick up our luggage and invites us to join the rest of the vanpool in the coffee bar for a cup of coffee and a light breakfast. At 7:00 we left Casa Gregorio for Fiumicino Airport - a one and one-half hour drive. We arrive at the...

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Oct 20, 2017 - Pizza Party

Today is our last full day at Casa Gregorio. We'll be leaving early tomorrow morning for Rome to catch our flight home. After another lovely breakfast Valerio gave us a demonstration on making pizza dough. He makes it look so easy you want to try to do it yourself. We are going to be having a pizza party for lunch and we'll be able to make pizzas that will be baked in a wood-burning pizza oven. A pizza that would take 30 minutes to bake in a conventional oven takes just a few in the pizza oven. We have about 3 hours before lunch, so we all...

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Oct 19, 2017 - Coffee & Wine Tour

Today began with another wonderful breakfast at Casa Gregorio. There were two different breakfast wraps containing cheeses and meats. Along with that was a myriad of yogurt, pastries, and fruit. Several of us went for an after breakfast walk up to the top of old town enjoying its beautiful charm. At the crest of the hill, overlooking the valley, stands a beautiful monument representing a mother protecting her child in the aftermath of WWII. The movie "Two Women" starring Sophia Loren was made in this exact location recalling this story. We...

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Tre Donne in Italia

Oct 18, 2017 - Getting gutsy!

Well hello again, It is night time.. We have finished a beautiful meal of al dente home made pasta with scampi, clams, mussels and a prawn. A freebie appetiser of a crumbed fresh anchovy filled with mozarella. Delightful. Sipping a freebie sample of limoncello. And that is also a treat. Just thought you needed to see some pics from Amalfi. Hey, we are full of bravado, now, travelling on these buses. Actually, it was a preparation for our two journeys tomorrow. We are having a small trip to Amalfi, then a hour and a quarter of new territory...

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Oct 18, 2017 - Battle of the Sita buses

A leisurely stroll tugging our packs over cobbled streets down to the Salero jetty. Easy. Buy tickets, sit back and enjoy the boat ride. This entire Amalfi coast line is so rugged and mountainous. There are two ways to get to the Amalfi coast. One is to catch a very dirty, unconditioned train from Naples, probably standing all the way. You will also lug your luggage down a long flight of steps, getting jostled by the tourists heading to Pompei. The alternative, is to catch a better train to Salerno. Then, either catch a ferry or bus to the...

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Oct 18, 2017 - Room with a view

Yesterday, after our arrival and a bit of time to settle we headed out to explore Praiano. Most of the traffic travels slowly, but there are some crazy young boys riding motor bikes with no helmets, or leather, riding as if there is no tomorrow. We decided to check out the local cathedral. Pretty amazing just sitting on the rocky edge of the mountain. A labyrinthine walkway and 300 steps to the beach, lead passed houses with vege gardens, caringly tended by wiry, sun tanned men. There was no real beach, just large rocks and beautiful clear...

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