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Aug 13, 2004 - the journey to Florence

After a hotel breakfast and packing in Venice, I was off with my luggage to the train station to catch my already reserved train to Florence. I was ecstatic to see we were taking Eurostar, as it the new new, sleek and clean train. All of the seats are sets of two, facing two more, with a table between. I was sandwiched in with a family from Boston. As I learned throughout our trip, the daughter, the sole representative of our generation, is in college and was ecstatic to have another young person to talk to. Unfortunately for her, and as...

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Jul 31, 2004 - Vernazza

This city in Cinque Terre is amazing. After renting a boat and seeing the other cities from water we decided that Vernazza was the best. Jon decided to go rock jumping when we got back from the boat ride and I took pictures as he climbed the rock. He did not realize until he got to the top that he had gouged his foot on something (barnacle) on the way out of the water. He left a nice puddle of blood on the top of the rock but jumped in anyway. Luckily it stopped bleeding but we are hoping that it will not get infected. We did laundry and...

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Lost in Europe

Jul 31, 2004 - Through Florence to Cinque Terre

Our overnight train from Vienna to Florence was awesome. We had our own cabin on the train, so no other stinky travelers with us. We ran from our train to catch the one to La Spezia then connected to Vernazza in Cinque Terre. It is so beautiful here. Shelly and I rented a litte boat this afternoon and went for a cruise up and down the coastline along the five cities of Cinque Terre. Vernazza is definately the prettiest of them. We anchored the boat several times and went swimming. The water here is crystal clear with plenty of fish to swim...

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Lost in Europe

Jul 29, 2004 - Sienna

Today we trained to Sienna. The Tuscan Countryside is so beautiful. We visited the San Dominico Church which has both St Catherine's finger and head! creapy! Then I went to the Dom - one of the strangest cathedrals I have ever seen, so gothic and dark. The building was a tribute to a vengeful God that inflicted the Plague on its citizens.

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Jul 8, 2004 - What a doozie!

So we board our train last night to find out that the agent reserved our seats for the 7th of AUGUST! Shelly was lucky enough to get some moody and quite mean french woman screaming at her on the train as we tried to get off. We managed to get onto another train and with a connection, we are here. We found a pretty nice place in the historical district, about 500 meters from where Sue will be arriving tomorrow. We saw her place... BIG EYEBALLS We are going to poke around town and get something to eat now. Shelly is drooling at the shopping...

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Lost in Europe

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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Jun 6, 2004 - Touchdown in Florence

After a couple plane rides we landed in Florence, Italy. The views from the airplane we spectacular. We flew over the Swiss Alps which had snow capped peaks and small villages in the green valleys. When we were flying over Tuscany all you could see were vinyards after vinyards on the hilly terrain. Florence is a busy city with a lot of traffic and pedestrians. Everything is so small here. The cars are small because the streets are small. Many people ride motorcycles and scooters and bicycles to fight the traffic. Our hotel is nice but the...

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Apr 7, 2004 - Nice/Pisa/Florence

Out of Nice by 8:30 and on to the Parfumerie. As I would have received an instant headache due the the overstimulation of my olfactory glands I sat outside, admired the view, and chatted with a guy on the tour who had done this particular activity a few years prior. On to Italy where we stopped for lunch at the nightmare that they call a service stop. Getting your food here is a real adventure: you have to go look at what you want, go to the counter and pay for it, then return to the food area where you pick it up. So very dumb. After lunch...

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Colin's World Tour

Mar 24, 2004 - Pisa

NOTE: TIME (AND MONEY - EUROPE IS EXPENSIVE!) DOES NOT PERMIT A LENGTHY WRITE-UP; APOLOGIES TO ALL. Pisa, we had heard, was not really worth staying in for a prolonged period, so we decided to see what there was to see in a three hour stopover on our way through Genova to Nice. We arrived at the station, ditched our bags, and ran up to where the campanile, better known as the Leaning Tower, is located. When we got there, it did not disappoint in the least. The tower itself is much more bizzarely impressive than one thinks; it's really quite...

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World Trip 03/04

Mar 23, 2004 - Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, and the Tuscan countryside

NOTE: TIME (AND MONEY - EUROPE IS EXPENSIVE!) DOES NOT PERMIT A LENGTHY WRITE-UP; APOLOGIES TO ALL. Now, before any of you start saying that we aren't true "ghetto travelers," let's take just a minute to explain why and how folks like us could rent a car in the first place. It's really quite simple: when you have three or more people, it costs only a little more then a train ticket to just one of the destinations and you get in return almost unparalleled convenience. So there! On our rough agenda were the following stops: Siena ("one of...

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World Trip 03/04

Mar 21, 2004 - Firenze (Florence), Tuscany

NOTE: TIME (AND MONEY - EUROPE IS EXPENSIVE!) DOES NOT PERMIT A LENGTHY WRITE-UP; APOLOGIES TO ALL. Florence is one of those cities that people the world over, whether or not they know anything about the place, long to see and experience. After spending some time there, we can see why - it is a beautiful place surrounded by stunning scenery (see the following entry). Its charm, like so many places in Tuscany, lies in it's narrow cobbled streets lined with lovely little stores. Adding to the town's charm was the fact that we stayed in a...

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World Trip 03/04

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