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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

Oct 9, 2017 - Lake Como Gardens

Lake Como Gardens - Our plans for the day are to visit some of the beautiful gardens on Lake Como specifically Villa Carlotta, Villa Monastero, and Villa Cipressi. Villa Carlotta is across the lake from us near Cadenabbia, so requires a boat ride. Thinking we needed to go to Cadenabbia or Tremezzo we ask at the ticket window and discover there is a ferry stop for the Villa. So with tickets in hand we board the ferry and our first stop is across the lake at Menaggio, then it is back to our side of the lake to Bellagio and crossing the lake...

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Tre Donne in Italia

Oct 8, 2017 - On the Lake

The gods smiled on us today as we had no wind and it was picture perfect weather. We got a bit of a slow start after our marathon trek yesterday. Our first stop was to the little markets on the square to replenish the larder and then on to the the bank to replenish my wallet. We checked out the TI to see if there was anything useful and then thought we found a less steep and less stairs route to the waterfront. It didn't work out too well as we ended up first on steps going into the water and not on the promenade and then on a dead end. We...

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Oct 7, 2017 - Picturesque Varenna

What an incredibly wonderful day this has been! We finally got a good night’s sleep; jet lag hopefully a thing of the past. The weather could not have been more beautiful. After a blustery night, there was a slight breeze, sunny, and warm. After breakfast and doing some laundry, we head out to discover more of Varenna. Varenna’s old town, where our apartment is located, is unbelievably picturesque - no roads only walking cobblestone lanes, an elegant lakeside walk, pastel homes, quaint shops, small harbor, many old villas, and lots of cafes...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Train to Varenna

October 6 - Travel day - Today we must pack our bags and check out of our ‘penthouse’ in Milan. It has been a lovely place to crash at the end of a whirlwind days of touring Milan’s streets. We are checking out at noon so having packed and eating a light breakfast of ‘clean out the refrigerator’ we check out Piazza San Marco just around the corner. The streets are busy with trucks, lighting techs, makeup artists, models etc. doing photo shoots for the upcoming fashion week! Piazza San Marco is home to Basilica San Marco, a quite lovely...

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Oct 5, 2017 - Puglia ..here we come again

Off to Italy again via Air Transat into Gatwick. As the flight to Italy is very early Wednesday am we have booked ourselves into a Gatwick hotel for the evening. Bob and Jan have done the same to spend the afternoon and evening with us even though they are not headed to Italy till October. A somewhat uneventful flight...not the most comfortable and they screw up Gail’s prepaid for meal of lamb. Instead she gets some unappealing lasagna and then they offer to replace with Moussaka which takes another 45 minutes only to still be frozen on...

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Italy Fall 2017

Sep 27, 2017 - When in Grappa...

Sept.27 Bassano del Grappa For our last walking day on the Veneto.."A glorious walk" announces our route directions today... and they're right! A hot sunny 13 km stroll up and over and down and up and over the rolling green Breganze hills again, the prettiest terraced vineyards ladened with purple grapes, and ancient olive groves. We climb high above the towns below and have our picnic on the hillside in an olive grove, inspiring Doug to channel his dear dad and sing 'Don't sit under the olive tree with anyone else but me.." Good lord, what...

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Sep 26, 2017 - To the castella of Marostica

Sept. 26 Strolling to Marostica Still recovering from the gourmet meal we had last night in Mason Vicentino-only ristorante in town and it turned out to be a 4 star culinary experience. Waking today to the Breganze hills laid out out in morning sunshine in front of our treehouse. Hot and sunny today for a great walk through the vineyards and orchards leading to Marostica. We we walking on what they call the Stradacerisa or the Cherry Road- it is an area famous for 20 different varieties of cherries. Instead of rose bushes at the end of rows...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Wine country! (If you're in to that sort of thing)

Sept.25 Walking on a hot sunny day through the pretty hillside vineyards of the Veneto- does it get any better? This is ancient wine country. They say deeds on the aziendas date back to the year 1000 here. The Vespaiolo grape is famous , valpolocella Cabernet is delicious (or so we've heard......) and they make a sweet light dessert wine vin santo from air-dried grapes called Torcolato...mmm. Truth is we find ourself at a big Cantina that sells these and are offered tastings at 9:30 in the matina before our walk today. The cheese market...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Lost in google translation

Sept.23 As we change regions, we have had a pot-pourri of hotel experiences that serve as part of the entertainment, and that doesn't' even take into account the 'adventures in Italian showers'. Our 2 nights in Vicenza we stayed in a lovely but strange little place called the Glam Boutique Hotel, a tiny place perfectly placed on the edge of the Centro Storico, decor saturated with pink and silver chandeliers, red velvet walls and curtains, scented candles, silver plates in antique glass cabinets. The 2 bow-tied and purple-vested young gay...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Open season in the Breganze hills

Sept.24 We have a little rain this morning over the hills today's hike, so our lovely Sri Lankan hotel manager ( today dressed in his high collared white jacket to bring us fresh croissants) is giggling as he helps us into our trusty rain ponchos , then offers to give us umbrellas to take with us! We decline- we always have good luck with rain, and sure enough, off they come in half an hour when the sun breaks through. Today we have a pretty walk through forested hills and along country roads over the Breganze hills. Unfortunately our...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Mule trails over Lago Como

Sept.19 Another mountain over Bellagio. We have a shorter ring walk of just 10 km over Bellagio- piece of cake no?...well up a mountain trail we go again, bushwalking a bit, glad of our gps to tell us when we inevitably get off track in the woods (we blame our route directions- the author appears to be periodically dyslexic or right/left challenged, and keeps calling narrow dirt paths crossing "intersections". Also glad of our poles to hoist the old bods up a narrow rocky steep slope, oy!! Hams are getting a workout this trip! But rewards...

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