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Civita di Bagnoregio, April 25, 2013

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Civita di Bagnoregio, April 25, 2013

  I visited Civitia on the holiday, Liberation Day, April 25, so there were many families there.  It was very sunny, so in no time it was hot, even though it was April, just imagine being here in August.  It is quite a hike up the bridge linking, but it is well worth the hike (if you take your time)!  Strangely I had just read the book “Somewhere south of Tuscan” by the American, Diana Armstrong, a food and travel writer relating her experiences buying and restoring a small house in the town across the valley from Civita di Bagnoregio.  In the book, she calls the town,...

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In Florence at Society Canottieri, the Rowing Club

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  What a treat to be invited to a private club, especially in Florence with a view of the Ponte Vecchia.  Over ten years ago I first met Paola, a guide in Florence and over the years she has been my guide and has guided some of the folks on our tours.  We met yesterday to catch up and have lunch, WOW!  Not only was it a great view, but it was 25C out, or about 77F and not a cloud in the sky.  Spring is here! If you want a great guide or are looking for a “budget” hotel in central Florence contact Paola Angelin at hotel Kursaal & Ausonia, via nazionale 24. Tel...

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Travel Movies… if you can’t go on a real trip, arm chair travel is next best!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Travel Movies… if you can’t go on a real trip, arm chair travel is next best!

Next to traveling I love to watch movies or read books about travel.  Here is a list of movies past guests have suggested.  Please let me know your favorites and I’ll add to the list.         Queen Margot (FR) Shirley Valentine Barbette’s Feast Educating Rita Shipping News Cold Mountain House of Flying Daggers The Big Night (1996 starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953) with Jennifer Jones. Life Is Beautiful Tea with Mussolini Under the Tuscan Sun The Bicycle Thief Il Postino Cinema Paradiso Like Water for Chocloate La Doice...

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Ancient Art of Weaving Linen

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ancient Art of Weaving Linen

There are several amazing museums of weaving, featuring the traditional methods of weaving Italian linens.  This is a museum, working laboratory and shop in Citta di Castello, where we can see women working to weave and do the hand sewing to make fabric the same way it has been made for centuries.  The museum includes one of the first Montessori schools in Italy, used in the early 20th century to educate the children of the women weavers.

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Tuscan Views

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tuscan Views

Driving through Tuscany and the Chianti Region is difficult because there are so many amazing vistas it is hard to keep your eyes on the road.  The roads are narrow and twisting.  There are cyclists and tourists taking in all the glory of the views, snapping photos, standing and posing for memorable shots.  There are many hidden treasures along the way as well.  There is the famous Rooster signs designating Chianti Region wines, that beg to be tasted.  There are very large wineries but there are also very small family establishments that should not be missed.  Every photo begs to be on a...

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Eating Italian Treats

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Eating Italian Treats

So many special flavors, you must go back every day and try a new one!  If only it was just the gelato begging us to indulge, but there are pastry shops, cheese, salami,  and pizzerias the beckon us.   The good news is that most of the cities we visit are on hill top cities that give us a challenging workout so we must eat to keep up our strength!

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