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May 20, 2006 - Castillina in Chianti

We are still without internet connection here so you have probably been wondering where we have been, hopefully we will sort something out today - it has proven to be a little bit of a pain, especially when I really need to sort out our next humble abode!! Ha-ha!! But as we are moving into June I'm not so sure I will be laughing, anyway cross fingers something will come up. The kids have discovered the mountain bikes that you can ride around the vineyards on and the 3 little kittens that live here. They are so cute. I better make sure that...

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May 12, 2006 - Livorno, Italy

We are in Livorno, Italy. We decided to take the local Livorno waterway tour instead of going to Florence or Pisa. We have visited both places before and had not toured Livorno, so it was an easy choice for us. We love seeing new places. :-) Livorno is like a "Little Venice" tour. From the Porto Mediceo we followed the labyrinth of waterways that lead to the heart of the New Venice District, the bustling commercial center where the foreign merchants dwelled and ran their business, since the 17th–century. Like a miniature Venice, it...

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May 9, 2006 - San Gimignano

Left our little town in the rain, headed for San Gimignano, the hill town with many towers. Down the highway a short way we heard thunder and lightning, and had a huge hail storm!! Hailstones as big as large marbles. We had to pull over to let it pass. Made it to San Gimignano and wandered about. We do a lot of that! Shopping was big today. Walked along the battlements of the town, standing since the 15th century. Another church full of art. The weather cleared up and we had a great day!

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May 4, 2006 - Pisa

well this morning we were a bit tired, following a restless night, given our room appears to be on the main road into town for the locals going out partying. though we were glad to wake up and discover we had free breakfast! coffee, tea, croissant, and bun with jam, niceeeeee. this set us up nicely on what was a beautiful day-around 27 degrees to go see the Duomo which is florence largest catherdral and the second largest in italy. the catherdral was built in 1200 though the dome was built in 1433 by brunelleschi, the views were very...

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Jul 17, 2005 - Falling, Falling...........CRASH!

We tested the Italian Autostrade again as we sped from Nice (near Antibes, France), through Genoa on the way to Rome. We agreed to drive like Italians and have a quick stop in Pisa to see how the old tower is doing. We then camped nearby at a horrible seaside resort and were in good position to arrive in Rome early the next afternoon. The bonus of travelling on Sunday...everyone was at the beach, the roads of Rome were dead quiet. But about Pisa, where the tower is the main attraction, yup, it leans alright. Started leaning right after it...

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Sep 20, 2004 - Continuing the journey

Well here we are again. Today we are off to the Vatican. Aldo drove us as close as he was permitted, Maritsa said when we disembarked that we had a short walk to join the line of people wanting to enter the Vatican. Well it was some line taking us nearly an hour to reach the entry point. When we were close to the entrance we were given audio equipment so that we could follow Ned's expert commentary. Once past the security chech point Ned spent some time explaining some of what we were about to see and especially the history of the Cistine...

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Jun 11, 2004 - Trip to Pisa and Viareggio

Pisa was very nice. The Leaning Tower was cool but the line to go to the top was an hour and a half and it cost 15 euro. So we didn't go to the top. It was funny because there were a lot of people taking the "holding up the Leaning Tower picture" and they all looked crazy with their arm stretched out holding up thin air. After Pisa, we took a 45 minute bus ride to the beach town of Viareggio. It's weird having to pay to go to the beach. And there are what seems like a million beach chairs and umbrellas layed out across the sand. The water...

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