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Jul 18, 2018 - Sestri Levante

18 July 2018 This was the day that three of us became Italian mountain goats! Set off with a sort of plan, which got amended at our first stop. Caught the train to Manarola and checked with a very helpful lady at the coffee shop about walking to Corniglia. She very quickly told us "no" to what we were planning to do. Suggested we catch the bus to Volastra where we could join the track to walk to Corniglia. Sounded good, so off we go. A very steep bus ride UP to Volastra, directions from the bus driver, and all good to get on our way. A...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Cinque Terre

We had a great 2 days in cinque Terre, it was really quite hot, which we loved. We decided to do the five villages and started the track to the first village on foot, it was hard work I must say!! Geoff told me it wasn’t one of my best ideas 𤘈𤘈.. it was a pretty tiring treck with lots of stairs, hills and forest, no oc health and safety there!! . but well worth it!! The scenery from above is really to die for!! We bought a train pass to see all of the other villages which was really a good idea, because once you reach each village you...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Jul 17, 2018 - Sestri Levante

17 July 2018 Not the best night's sleep we have enjoyed. Don was not too bad with his cough, but Pam's throat decided it would keep her awake. Gave up at some stage during the night and found Don's pills, which relieved the soreness for a while. Met Marcel and Trudie for breakfast and decided we would still head off for Monterosso on the 9.50am train. Dosed up on Don's pills for a second time, the throat came good and we enjoyed a lovely day out. Decided not to tackle any big walks between towns today, and we all enjoyed mooching around...

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Jul 16, 2018 - Sestri Levante

16 July 2018 All slept well and met for breakfast at 7.30am. This is included in our accommodation, and a very nice set up, which we all enjoyed. Met in the lobby a little later and discussed what we might do for the day. The weather was dull and we were told to expect a few showers. Decided to just stay around Sestri Levante, so set off for a walk along the sea front. Plenty heading to the beach, which is so different to home. They are quite happy to sit or lay on the rocky beach. They probably don't like our sandy beaches either. Enjoyed...

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Jul 15, 2018 - Santa Margherita Ligure

Ok!!! I’ve been totally relaxing for the last five days!! Sorry no blog.. the town of Santa Margherita Ligure is so beautiful and laid back!! Really a seaside resort village!! Amazing. The hotel is Devine, with its own private beach, terrace, landscaped gardens and a silver service restaurant like it’s out of “are you being served” haha our room had it’s own little courtyard with sundeck chairs, umbrellas and table/chairs. So you can image just how relaxed we’ve been !! We walked to the stunning little village of Portifino on Friday about a...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - Saas Fee to Sestri Levante

15 July 2018 Up early, light breakfast and as we were ready early, Marcel suggested we get the earlier bus from Saas Fee to Brig, and that would eliminate one bus/train change with luggage. Bus to Brig was a good trip, but then we found the train to Italy was running late!! Their excuse was a medical emergency, but as this is a regular thing, we were a bit doubtful. Eventually left Brig 30 minutes late, which meant we missed our next connection in Milano by five minutes. Conflicting reports from the ticket inspector on train and station...

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Jul 12, 2018 - Lamborghini and Ferrari factory tours

Today was a big day for petrolheads. We started with a tour of the Lamborghini factory and museum and then drive over to Maranello for a special 3hr tour of the Ferrari factory and museum. Now it’s time for dinner and a glass of vino before we repack the car for the long drive North tomorrow to the Sachsenring for MotoGP.

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Europe by Bentley

Jul 11, 2018 - Maranello. Pagani, Ferrari and Maserati

Our first full day in Maranello started with breakfast at the Ferrari Village where we are staying before a short drive to see the new Pagani museum and factory. What a change since we were last here 5 years ago. Very impressive. We then drove over to the Enzo Ferrari museum where we had a fabulous lunch before touring the museum and engine display. We then finished the day with a tour of a cheese factory with a Maserati museum attached. Now back in the room with a glass of wine catching up on 10 days of posts.

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Europe by Bentley

Jul 10, 2018 - Montpellier to Maranello

Today was a big driving day. We left before 7 and headed towards Cannes where there was a Bentley dealer to hopefully look at the new warning lights and balance the front tires that had developed a bit of a vibration. Ash used all of her school French and got us booked in. We arrived in Cannes at 10:30 and they plugged in the computer and diagnosed a faulty exhaust temperature sensor. They could fix this and the tires but it would take all day, so we had an unexpected day to ourselves in Cannes. After a pleasant lunch we had a wonder...

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Jun 30, 2018 - EOFY and end of EOFT (end of fantastic time) in Lecco

Last day in Lecco and I knew I had to pay a visit to Museo di Storia Naturale di Lecco, which features original 19th century display cases and animals stuffed by taxidermist and eventual curator Carlo Vercelloni. It was like nothing had changed; the museum is housed in the old palace Palazzo Belgioioso with peeling frescoes on the ceilings. Once again I was the only visitor and the enthusiastic staff/ volunteers were great characters, very friendly, with physical disabilities and we had a lovely chat despite not having a word of each...

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Helen in Europe

Jun 26, 2018 - "The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ― Alexander Supertramp Chris McCandless The above quote is a mantra I often return to to motivate me to be less complacent and try new things; sometimes it's something as mundane as a new gym class or a dance, but recently it has been exploring landscapes that I may have been too scared to do on my own. But what if you are stationed in the one place for...

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Jun 25, 2018 - 'So it's an old bridge'

"The hotel was just by the bridge and lots of people came to take photos. It is quite a good bridge but nothing special." "This bridge is old, but is run down. The city started work on it, but left it in an unfinished state." "Looks just like a bridge" These are some of the Trip Advisor comments describing Ponte Azzone Visconti, an old bridge - so old in fact that it was built between 1336 and 1338. After now spending nearly a month in Lecco, I decided to find out more about this city's history and why Visconti and Manzoni references are...

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