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Italy 2022 – Cinque Terre: Part 3

They have been calling for rain every day, and today it arrived. We were pretty sure today would be the day as the skies were gray and the sea was churning. I don’t think I mentioned it previously, but breakfast … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Cinque Terre: Part 2

Upon arrival and after check-in, our first task was to go out on the balcony and enjoy the beautiful view of the bay. We accomplished that task and enjoyed the fresh air and sea breeze. From the balcony we could … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Cinque Terre: Part 1

From Alba, we’ll be traveling south as we head to the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre. We’ll have five days to explore the towns and hopefully enjoy the beautiful azure waters along the coast. The Cinque Terre consists of … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – From Alba to Monterosso Al Mare

Today we are traveling from our Airbnb in Alba to Monterosso Al Mare in the Cinque Terre. We once again engaged the services of Daytrip to comfortably get us there. Along the way, we will be stopping in the resort … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Piedmont – Wine and more: Pt 4

Our last day of tastings and Fall have arrived. However, those blue skies we had grown accustomed to have returned and the day is beautiful. Luca will once again be our guide and we are going to two wineries and … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Piedmont – Wine and more: Pt 3

Wednesday proved to be a nice relaxing day after the two previous tasting days. We slept in a bit and then just hung around the apartment. For the first time since we arrived, it was overcast and a little bit … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Piedmont – Wine and more: Pt 2

After Monday’s day of touring, we were looking forward to today. We once again had a morning and afternoon wine tasting plus a stop for lunch in the town of La Morra. We would be joined today by two couples … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Piedmont – Wine and more: Pt 1

The second half of our time in Piedmont was centered around wine and food. We went for tastings at several wineries, had lunch in a few small towns and enjoyed dinners in and around Alba. Since there was a lot … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Piedmont – Returning to Alba

For the next stop, we will be spending eight days in the town of Alba. Our home for the next eight days is a spacious apartment that we booked through Airbnb. There’s a kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms – both … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Bergamo to Alba

To get to Alba, instead of three train changes and a six hour journey, we decided to try out a car service known as Daytrip. We were able to relax in a comfortable vehicle, avoided hauling our suitcases through the … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Bergamo

Our next stop: the Medieval town of Bergamo. The city dates back to 49 BC and is really two cities in one. There is the upper city or Città Alta and the lower city of Città Bassa. The lower town … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Brescia

Brescia – ‘The Lioness of Italy’ was our second stop. Named so because of their ferocity fighting off their Austrian conquerors, even though they were ultimately defeated (Think ‘Remember the Alamo’). Through the ages, Brescia had many invaders including Constantine, … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Venezia

Ciao Venezia! It is so exciting to be back. We just love the hustle and bustle on the canals without a car or truck in sight – and the canals are bustling. After passing through the passport control and collecting … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Venice to Brescia – Rail strike

After our wonderful stay in Venice, we would travel by train to Brescia with a transfer in Verona. The entire trip would take about two and a half hours – on a normal day. We had already received the notice … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Time to go – We’re on our way!

Trumpets are blaring, drums are being pounded – so hold on while I turn down the music. It’s time and we’re ready to go. Our bags are packed, camera batteries are charged, and our sunglasses are clean, so we have … Continue reading

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