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Apr 21, 2017 - Torino

Torino- April 21-24 We have spent the last two days with our wonderful family in Torino. After little sleep on the plane and nearly 20 hours of travelling, we were greeted at the airport by Vincenzo and his daughter Erica. We were whisked off to our hotel, the Albergo Primavera, and had a brief and welcome sleep. Vincenzo and family (wife Alessandra, sons Simone and Alessio, and Erica) joined us for a spectacular dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. How is it that the best pizza we've ever had is in a small town, in...

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May 18, 2016 - Alessandria

Couldn't sleep, too excited about this hotel. I woke up around 6:15 and tried not to bug Elton as he was having a good sleep. I finally got him to get up around 7:30 for breakfast. Great little breakfast. I picked the table by the window so I could look at the valley over the country side. Then we went for a walk around the Villa La Bollina. They have a golf course, driving range, vineyard, and have a building were they host weddings. Amazing place. Reluctantly we had to leave. Checked out and headed back to the outlet stores. I wasn't as...

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May 17, 2016 - Turin Downtown

Today we started with breakfast in the hotel, great little set up. First I had a coffee. too cold, so I asked the waitress for a "latte" hot... Elton wanted one as well. So she brought a warm glass of milk = latte. Then we asked for a coffee and she brought a cappuccino in a little cup. Perfect added this to the milk and viola.. we had a cafe latte... breakfast of croissant, eggs, bacon, fruit juice and more.. We then headed downtown for a walk about. We stumbled on a building and as I walked around taking photos Elton engaged a gentleman...

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May 16, 2016 - Meat Fest

After we picked up our rental car we headed out of the airport parking lot the wrong way and turned around. So far story of the trip. We then pulled over and tried to figure out where we were going. So now that we know where to go how to get there? We decided to add some flavour to the trip and set the GPS to Turin avoiding all toil roads. We went though some really cute towns where the "highway" goes through the centre of the town with 6" to spare between the building and the roadway. The hairpin turns were fun just for giggles. Any way we...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Turin

This morning a local guide took us for a drive around Turin and then a walk through the historic city centre. Turin is very Parisian in its feel and architecture and Michael and I are really enjoying our time here. Today is the first day we have had rain but it didn't hamper our sightseeing. The name Turin means "bull" and comes from a misunderstanding long ago, so while bulls have nothing really to do with Turin they have become a symbol of the city. The guide took us to a gold bull figure that has been inlaid into the pavement and legend...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Santa Margherita Ligure - Asti - Turin

Sadly we left our 5 star luxury hotel in Rapallo this morning. We didn't get on the bus until 11am so we had a nice easy morning. We drove to Asti and had lunch and then went on a tour of a nougat and chocolate factory run by 5th generation Italians. Because it is so hot they don't produce chocolate at the moment. We saw them making nougat and got to try it when it was still hot. We tried it with hazelnuts and it was delicious. We then had a glass of Asti and bought some nougat - yum! We arrived in Torino (Turin) and Katarina told us that...

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May 16, 2015 - Torino - A Visit With The Biscontis

Family. Familia. A simple word charged with so many emotions. We feel love, happiness, frustration, anger, worry ... and more ... all packed into this one little word. The power of family is something to cherish. Over the past two days, we have had a wonderful visit with the Bisconti family in Orbassano (a small suburb of Torino). Rosetta Bisconti, the matriarch of the family, is my husband Victor's cugina (cousin) who grew up with him in Villagrazia (a suburb of Palermo) in Sicily. Although a small woman, she is packed with passion, a...

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May 19, 2014 - Turin Day 3

A 0730 hrs start for the day involved finding a parking voucher for the car. Thankfully, I was advised to purchase a day pass from the local tobacconist for 10€ as opposed to using coins at 1.75€ an hour. The pass comes as a scratchy where the date of use can be decided at the time; a nice system Our first task was to complete the City Sightseeing tour; the blue route. This was the longer of the two routes and concentrated on the suburbs and out city limits. The weather had suddenly turned cold, with showers, and the exposed deck of the bus...

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May 18, 2014 - Turin Day 2

Breakfast in the hotel was of a good standard and all were satisfied with the offering. Our first task was to visit the tourist office in the Piazza Castello, the main piazza, to pick up a map and to seek directions on the city sightseeing tour. Our first tour was of the Red route which took us across the river Po and concentrated on the area South of the railway station Porta Nuova. An interesting commentary and a good number of significant points of interest made it a worth while experience. This tour took and hour and having completed...

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May 17, 2014 - Turin

Phase 2 starts today with an early rise, a sort of breakfast in the hotel and a 0725 hrs train to Malpensa to meet Kaye's sister Jan at 0845 hrs. Her plane arrives early with disembarkation at Gate B; we had expected Gate A. We eventually met up and had coffee while waiting to pick up the rental from Europcar at 1000hrs. We were given an Audi A3, as opposed to the BMW we had ordered, and just managed to squeeze in with our three bags. The car is brand new and has many different features which I was not familiar with; we have had fun and...

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May 15, 2014 - Turin

Turin was a 2 hour train ride from Stresa, with train changes at Arona and Novara. The flat plain surrounding the city is principally used for cropping with a few scattered dairy herds about- all housed indoors by the look. Stayed at Hotel Roma e Rocca Cavour, just a stone throw from the train station. Really nice big old place with high ceilings and wide hallways, however my single room was a bit piccolo . Comfortable and clean and really good being close to transport hub. Caught the hop on hop off city sightseeing bus next to station- a...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Turin

Wednesday: Up early this morning to catch the 8am train to Turin. When we arrived an hour and a half later, we bought tickets for the Hop on Hop off Bus and spent the first hour checking out the major sights with a running commentary. Then we left the bus at Piazza Castello and headed around to the Duomo. On the way we stopped for a hot chocolate – OMG, we’ve never had anything like it – basically just a cup of melted chocolate with a bowl of cream to go with it. Lunch was put on hold after this. We had only been in the Duomo for 2...

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