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Viva Italia 2013

The Real Deal - Full Circle April 26, 2014

ITALY | Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | Views [88]

Well during Easter 2014, my niece and her dauughter were visiting Italy and stopped in Florence. The day I realized they were in Florence, I texted my niece to pick up a pair of unlined leather gloves-army green, size 7. Lo and behold she found ... Read more >


Tying up Loose Ends December 20, 2013

ITALY | Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | Views [127]

Alas, I finally was able to replace my army green gloves that I purchased in the market in Florence. I have been waiting on them since I lost them in April.


Until the next time March 2, 2013

ITALY | Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | Views [130]

Up early. Slept ok, so glad a took a "sleeper" last night. Grabbed a big breakfast, ove those hotel breakfasts. Took the taxi to the airport. Even tho' costly it is worth it. Got checked in and boarded. Not able to rest much on flight home. Got through ... Read more >


Viva Roma March 1, 2013

ITALY | Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | Views [128]

How to see Roma in eight hours.  Planned to start out at 8:30, but didn't get away until 9:30 am. Then it took me 1 1/2 hours to get to Pantheon while on bus 116-what a waste. Oh well that's how it goes somethimes.  I enjoyed the Pantheon ... Read more >


San Larenzo Market and Santa Croce February 28, 2013

ITALY | Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | Views [122]

Today was a true adventure for me.  I returned to Firenze.  The reason: to buy the satchel backpack purse. Seriously? Seriously! The same one I chose not to purchase on February 15th.  So I arrived at the termini in plenty of time to board ... Read more >


The Appian Way February 27, 2013

ITALY | Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | Views [117]

So now for today's journey. My bus skills are improving. I love travelling this way once I figure it out.  It's like a puzzle. So I ride Metro A to Metro B to Piramide. Then I take the bus round trip which goes on the appian way.  I love imagining ... Read more >


Il Vaticano February 26, 2013

ITALY | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | Views [96]

I am visiting everything I want, just not in the order I planned. Such is Roma. Ok, I have to confess I have been on a mission ever since I left the market in Florence. I found unique satchel bag and decided not to purchase it because....anyway I ... Read more >


Ah the Sistine Chapel February 25, 2013

ITALY | Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | Views [93]

Today is a a very special15 year anniversary and I am celebrating by visiting the Sistine Chapel. I was concerned that I might not be able to enter the Chapel because of the possiblity of the Conclave meeting to vote on the Pope.  Fortunately for ... Read more >


The Bells Rang and Rang February 24, 2013

ITALY | Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 | Views [84]

This was a very unique day. Pope Benedict is scheduled to deliver his last sermon before leaving the Vatican.The day began with the bells ringing all over the city. I think they rang for 20 minutes. It was so beautiful and felt like it would go on forever.... Read more >


A Roma February 23, 2013

ITALY | Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 | Views [111]

Yes, I did get everything packed that I am going to take. I left alot clothes behind to make room for new purchases. It is sad to leave my cozy little home here at Il Chistro di Carmine. After a huge breakfast and saying good bye to Davide. Decided ... Read more >


The Duomo February 22, 2013

ITALY | Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | Views [101]

On my last full day in Siena, I decided to visit the Duomo. Interestingly enough this stucture has never been completed as designed. The plague hit the city in the middle of the 15th century and it just has never been completed. I made my way to the ... Read more >


Just hangin' out February 21, 2013

ITALY | Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | Views [109]

Today is just for relaxing. Yea. I awakened on my own and and enjoyed a lovely breakfast. I talked with a couple who are visiting from England and staying at the convent all week. Davide volunteered to do my laudry! I can't believe it. So I just headed ... Read more >


Along the Coast February 20, 2013

ITALY | Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | Views [90]

Slept in a bit. Fixed myself breakfast - pasta and fruit from last night's dinner. Had to check out at 11:00 (I'm sure no one else was chcking in, but...). I found a little bus (mostly for locals) which drove up and down the main street, the very steep ... Read more >


Mama Mia Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ITALY | Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | Views [106]

Of, course another night of fitful sleeping, because lots of connections to make again. However, I awakened early to go out on an added adventure.  Last night, while reading up on where I was yesterday, I ran across a suggestion to visit the fresh ... Read more >


Gondolas Monday, February 18, 2012

ITALY | Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | Views [76]

I am so nervous today. I hope I get to where I need to be when I need to be there. Great breakfast and then onto train station. Thank heavens I could leave part of my things at hotel until I return on Wednesday. Taxi ride to train station was $3.50 more ... Read more >


Tuscany Sunday, February 17, 2013

ITALY | Sunday, 17 Feb 2013 | Views [94]

Today was an unkown that turned our to be terrific. I had booked a day tour through the hotel and with _________ .I asked the front desk of the hotel for directions to start the tour. I was told, "Just follow the main street". Well that would be fine ... Read more >


A Siena Saturday, February 16, 2013

ITALY | Saturday, 16 Feb 2013 | Views [110]

After a restless night, I had a huge breakfast and then took a quick nap. Anxious about train ride. Decided to hop on a little bus and loop around the Florence. Great way to see the city. Checked out of Hotel Adler Cavilleri and headed to the train ... Read more >


Davide Friday, February 15, 2013

ITALY | Friday, 15 Feb 2013 | Views [129]

Ahhhh well-rested and excited to get started. After a huge breakfast, I headed out to see the sites. I joined a tour to visit the Duomo and the Academia. I find the Duomo to be a bit overwhelming. The intricacy and detail are remarkable. For me, though, ... Read more >


Caldo Cioccolato Thursday, February 14, 2013

ITALY | Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | Views [110]

I arrived in Firenze on Valentine's Day. On my taxi ride to the hotel, I was able to talk with the driver in Italian! I stayed at the Hotel Adler Cavillieri. My room was amazing-Il Glicini (the wisteria). It was like a little apartment with my own ... Read more >


Taking Off Wednesday, February 13, 2012

ITALY | Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | Views [83]

So many last minute details-drives me crazy.  As soon as I walked in the airport I knew my luggage was all wrong. First purchase a rolling back pack. Took me an hour to fit everything into it but much more manageable than the shoulder bag. ... Read more >


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