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Fall 2022 – Rome: Pt 1

Our final visit is to the eternal city – Rome. We’ll have seven days to explore and enjoy the sites and tastes of the city. We are staying at Albergo del Senato. We truly love our hotel. The rooms are … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Orvieto

Right after breakfast, our driver arrived and we were off to Orvieto. The ride over was a pleasant one – beautiful scenery and sunny skies. It took just a little over an hour and fifteen minutes before we arrived. We … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Tuscany – Gaiole in Chianti: Part 2

A new day and time for some exploring. Our fellow explorer will be our driver/guide Andrea. He was a perfect guide for us – easy going, versatile, knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor. Andrea arrived at the hotel … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Tuscany – Gaiole in Chianti

Our time in Florence was delightful, but it’s moving-on time. The next phase of our journey is a leisurely tour of Tuscany. We’ll be spending ten days touring with the folks from Audley Travel. It’s a private tour, not a … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Florence: Part 3

A new day and the threat of more rain later in the day. No matter though, as we will be inside the Uffizi Gallery today. We had our breakfast: Sue enjoying her yogurt and me finishing up the biscotti. Our … 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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China 2020 – Itinerary – Xian

Our second destination will be Xi’an – capital city of the Shaanxi Province. To arrive in Xi’an, we will be taking the Bullet Train from Beijing. It’s about 1216 km or 755 miles away and the train trip will take … Continue reading

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China – October 2020

One year from today, we will be traveling to China. There are so many wonderful things that we want to see and experience. Over the next year, I’ll tell you about the process and our itinerary. We are working with … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 10 – Final day in Alba

Both couples needed a chill day. David and I both talked about being tuckered out and Jan and Dave still have another eight days to go. In the early afternoon we met up with Valerie and Martina to pass on … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 9 – A day in Turin

Ok, right off the bat, I promise – no cheap jokes about how our tour was ‘shrouded’ in mystery. We woke up early to catch the train to Turin, which is known as Torino in Italy. We met Luca at … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 7 – A Peek Below Alba

Another day to rest up a little bit as we’ll be staying around town. It felt good to sleep in a little bit again. When the alarm went off, it was the snooze button instead of the off button that … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 6 – Market day & Birthday

Saturday in Alba is the big market day; for us, it is the day we celebrate David’s birthday. Settante? Si! More on that later. We did sleep in a little bit today – I guess we either needed the rest … Continue reading

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Day 30 – Milan – DaVinci’s The Last Supper – Il Cenacola

We had to get up early today to get to the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. That’s where we picked up our tickets to view Leonardo DaVinci’s Last Supper or Il Cenacola. We had reservations for the 8:45 am … Continue reading

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