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Oct 6, 2019 - Allo Italia

Our first night on the French Riviera was in Fréjus/St Raphael. What a delightful place. Reminds me a lot of the old Mooloolabah or Coolangatta for you Aussies. Lovely sandy beach totally open to the public, coffee shops and cafeteria’s on the other side of the street and no building above six stories. Found a local market and bought our lunch of calamari, paella and potatoes. Next day on to Italy, but not without first going by Monte Carlo, Monaco. We only saw it from up high on the hill but probably the best view. I was commenting on the...

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Sep 30, 2019 - Day 10 Firenze

We promised ourselves a chill out day today so most of the team slept late. I was up earlier than the rest and went to the supermarket to buy some goodies for breakfast and general snacks. The chocolate cluster cereal wasn't a winner so I found something that resembles a weet-bix. They went down quite well with everyone. We set off late morning to find the Disney shop. J and G were both keen to buy things as gifts for others and possibly something for themselves. Jenni and I decided to leave them to it (with instructions not to go anywhere...

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Sep 29, 2019 - Day 9 Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa

We managed to have everyone up and with a fair bit of prompting, dressed, breakfasted and ready to go by 7:30. We have to be at the meeting point for our tour of Tuscany by 8:15, the walk takes about 20 minutes and I wanted to allowed to extra time for stops on the way or lagging feet. I'm following the paper map and we soon found ourselves at the Duomo. As we had some spare time, we walked around and took photos as the sun was just coming up and it was in beautiful light. It was pretty quiet to which was a bonus. Tourist stop over, we...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Day 8 Levanto to Firenze

We are on the move again today; off on the next part of our adventure. Our visit to this area has been far too short however, it's either see fewer places for longer times or more places for less. I'd love to come back to Levanto for a longer period...it doesn't have to be to live however a month or so would be nice. I wouldn't want to leave Buddy for any longer than that (I'm assuming Pete would want to come too). I had another restless night with Joe...he's still coughing and got up once to close our bedroom window even though we had the...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Farewell to Florence-hello Venice

It was difficult to leave Florence and our responsive and pleasant Hostess. Our apartment was very nice, not too unexpected since it was Paolo's (our Hostess) daughter's apartment. The daughter now lives in England, and probably won't be coming home, but Mom still hopes so, and in the meantime is renting it out to tourists like us. We had already purchased our tickets on the train before coming to the station. We knew there would be a line, and joined one behind a turnstile that was closed with a red X. Finally one of the passengers asked...

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Sep 15, 2019 - The Duomo

We headed to the Duomo for the Gregorian Chant worship service but had a slight delay. As we exited our apartment we saw that our bridge was closed to car traffic. In fact, we witnessed a real Italian confrontation between an unhappy scooter rider and a police woman. Really funny to hear them yelling at each other. Finally the police woman gave a signal to "cut" & it was all over! Over the bridge came a parade of hundreds of horses being ridden by military, police, & citizens of all ages. It was quite a site. We were glad we were running a...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Piazza Santo Spirito & Church

We started today by walking to Santo Spirito Church. There was an open air market on Piazza Santo Spirito (where we dined last night) so we wandered there a bit first. We saw produce, olive oil, clothing, toys, etc. The church is quite austere and plain. In a separate sacristy was the wooden Crucifix sculpted by Michelangelo at a very young age. What a talented young man and so dedicated to his faith. We then went into the open air Cloister of Paris (Cloister of the Dead). The surrounding walls were filled with crypts dating to the 1300's....

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Sep 13, 2019 - Michelangelo Day

Today was a relaxed and catch-up day. We worked on journaling all morning, and ate lunch at home. Relaxed is a relative term, however. After lunch we took a 'long way around' walk back across our bridge and to the Duomo Museum. Once again we took the short walk back to the Duomo, but not for the interior. Rather, we went to look at the Baptistry, the Bell Tower (just outside, we're not into the sport of "Ascending stair mountain climbing"), and finally the Duomo Museum. While we're not particularly excited about museums we were shocked by...

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Sep 12, 2019 - Touring the Tuscan Hills

Touring The Tuscan Hills This was our one tour of the trip. We had very mixed feelings. We saw places we wouldn't have seen without the tour but we felt it was very rushed and there wasn't enough time in each city. The bus traveled through beautiful rolling hills and mountains to Sienna, our first stop of the day. We met up with a local tour guide that took us around Sienna. She took us to the piazza where once a year there is a horse race. Sienna is divided into districts and each district has a horse donated by a farmer. The jockey and...

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Sep 11, 2019 - Oltrarno area & the Accedemia

Oltrarno & The Accademia We had a wonderful walk this morning exploring the Oltrarno area around our apartment. The streets and "sidewalks" were for the most part quiet and empty which was wonderful. We came upon a small outdoor market, what we call a farmer's market. There was produce. Clothing, pottery & various other things. We continued wandering and came upon a pastry shop, there are many here! We decided to walk along the river on our way back home and to our surprise we found a wonderful park that soon became a playground. We picked...

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May 29, 2019 - One day in Pisa

Wednesday 29th May 2019 Corniglia to Pisa, Italy Up early today, it had rained all night so we weren’t looking forward to getting our bags down to the railway station but by the time we had packed and had our breakfast it was just showery although very wet under foot, so we caught the shuttle bus to the station and got the train to La Spezia, waited an hour and a half for our connection to Pisa. It’s about 70 minutes from La Spezia to Pisa and when we arrived, we walked about 150 metres to our hotel and checked in. Went straight back out...

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May 22, 2019 - One day in Florence

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 Venice to Florence, Italy We woke up early today, packed our bags then down to breakfast in the hotel. We only had to walk about 5 minutes to the Venice Central Railway Station where we had to catch the train at 9:25am for Florence about 2 hours away. It was a very quick journey passing through green Italy. We arrived in Florence just after 11:30am and walked about 400 metres to our “hotel” on the 5th floor of an apartment building, called Nancy House. This appeared to be an apartment with about 4 rooms and a...

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