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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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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 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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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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Oct 18, 2017 - Farm and Prosciutto Tour

Farm and Prosciutto Tour - With a later breakfast and departure time today, Judi B and I decided to take a walk to the hilltop park overlooking the valley below and attempt some sunrise pictures. At 7:15 there is little activity except for a few locals leaving for work and the church bells tolling! Beautiful morning! Back to the cottage to shower, dress and go to the coffee bar for our breakfast of yogurt, fresh fruit, frittata, bread pudding and pastries plus your choice of coffee! Our first stop is down the hill to visit Pastorella, the...

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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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Oct 17, 2017 - Antipasti

My day started with getting up in time to see a beautiful sunrise out the front door of our cottage. After breakfast, where all our goodies from the night before were available in addition to the normal breakfast offerings of an Italian variety, we headed out to the local village farmer's market and flea market. There we so many fresh products--fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, sausage, bread, spices, and more--and opportunities for souvenirs. I bought some anise seed for one of the cookie recipes I want to make at home and Wanda bought some...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Shopping, lunches, Paco wines and more shopping

I can’t believe we are on our second week already. Today is market day in Alberobello but we get a late start. Let’s just say that I had to go into Gail room at 9:25 to wake the princess up. To not give her too hard a time it is incredibly dark in our rooms with the shutters closed and of course being so rural it can be very quiet. I have a bit of a sore head today but not from wine but from the annual bang of my head on the top of the doorway because I didn’t duck properly. You’d think after all these years I would learn but then I don’t...

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Italy Fall 2017

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