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Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 25th 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011 Last night I dreamed in Italian. I think it is a good sign. Rise and Shine For the third say in a row I stuffed myself with cakes and fruit at breakfast. I was careful to avoid the cheese plate this time. My cappuccino was better than yesterday, possible from acquired taste. I left the hotel much earlier than the last few days in an attempt to get some mountain trail walking accomplished before the heat of the afternoon set in. Expectations versus Reality Above Aosta on the mountain slopes is the little ski village of Pila (Pee-la), accessed by a quiet 20 minute gondola ride. From its website and general description, I figured Pila was similar to Whistler. Upon arrival, I found this was not the case. Winter must be its ... read more
Down to the valley
Here I am
Pila tourist-friendly trail

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 24th 2011

Friday, July 24, 2011 Anti-Starbucks Coffee, Per Favore This morning’s breakfast was as fantastic as yesterday’s, with one exception. I decided to try out a piece of cheese. It was soft, possibly brie. As soon as I put it in my mouth I realized my mistake. It tasted like feet. In America, with our proud cheddars and even prouder processed cheeses, our pallets have not adapted to the variety of cheese available. Even so, I could not bring myself to eat another bite of feet-cheese. The good news was that my hostess made me a cappuccino, which was so much richer than anything I’d experienced from an American coffee bar. It became very clear why there are no Starbucks in Italy – coffee here is superior. It’s rich, thick, and full, versus our “fast food” coffee, ... read more
Cathedral Exterior Art
Cryptoporticus
Cryptoporticus

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 23rd 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011 First Night in Italy Last night I finally rolled into town at 7pm. Two train changes and hours and hours of travel before that, I was beat. Still, the walk to the hotel was nice, at least I was moving. And providing entertainment for the locals, tugging my blue suitcase behind me while making several U-turns around the neighborhood. At last, I found my destination. After being checked in, my only concern was getting out of my sweaty clothes and into the shower. It was so refreshing. I hooked up my computer and had a brief chat with my mother online, and then crashed at 10pm local time. Where I Experience Culture Shock In the morning I dressed and went down for breakfast, where I again made a slight fool of myself ... read more
St. Orso Belltower
Church of St. Orso
"... Actually I'm quite fond of crucifixes."

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 22nd 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Time Zone Change Changing time zones in the air was interesting. It was afternoon daylight when we took off, but the plane windows were closed for some time, so I don’t know if it got dark anytime during our journey. When I opened the windows again, the Sun was rising for Europe. My first glimpse of the continent was a wind generator farm located off coast in the North Sea. And then we saw Holland. Flat, green, broken with canals, it was exactly as I remembered it from nine years ago. The airport, however, was forgettable. Wasn’t I Just Here? Connecting in Amsterdam is not as fun as one might think. Airport connections in general are not fun, now that I consider it. The plane was late leaving Seattle, so its late ... read more

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 28th 2009

Nothing much happened on the ferry. We chatted to people. Hilary read the other two books she bought for the reader (Fury and Interworld). Eventually we got to Ancona, left straight away and rode 80 km straight into the sun, ending up back at the Ferrara hotel in Cattolica. They seemed pleased to see us. Ashley demanded new eyes but settled for beer goggles - we found a place opposite the Ritter hotel where they sold beer in litre glasses. This was followed by a pizza and a salad at the Pirate restaurant with half a litre of house white (very nice - all of it - and not expensive) and beer on the hotel balcony. We didn't get to Cattolica till after nine so there wasn't time to do a great deal. We also managed ... read more
Guide cat
Castle and Roman Bridge

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Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta August 21st 2008

Once again I decided to hop in the car, this time with my friend Laurie, and go on yet a new adventure. As we were both craving real pizza, we decided to take a trip over to the Aoste Valley in Italy. We found ourselves at border control (the Italians are much more conscientious than the French about this) and the entrance to the Great Saint Bernard Tunnel, the most ancient pass through the Western Alps. There is evidence of its use as far back as the Bronze Age, and that it was the path of Napoleon's army into Italy in 1800. It had the feeling of the Lincoln Tunnel, but not quite, considering Napoleon walked around there! Upon arriving in Italy we drove through a number of quaint villages and truly felt like we were ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 12th 2008

On to Italy We got decent weather. The first part of the journey was OK, then there was a lot of low cloud which as we climbed towards Geneva just kind of dropped away, leaving clear views. We made good time to Geneva where we had an adventure at a service station. The bike's immobiliser refused to respond to the fob and we were immobilised. Call to assistance who, after taking details asked if we were near a mobile phone mast. We were. We pushed the bike round to the other side of the building and off we went. It may not sound like much of an adventure but, for a while, we were quite stuck. We now know to look out for pesky masts. And, when we got to where we are now, Jessica from ... read more
Ashley Mont Blanc
Rome lies before me
Pont St Martin

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta November 5th 2007

The YaYa's have arrived! (My mother and her bestest bud since the ice age, Mother Marilyn Tucker). It was wonderful to have not one, but 2 grandmas to spoil us and the girls for 10 days. We got to celebrate Abigail's 6th birthday over French Flammenkuchen (fancy pizza) and homemade cake! We took the opportunity to find some more spectacular spots in the area. We traveled to Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva and Gruyeres, Switzerland(home of Gruyeres cheese, and a beautiful medieval city). This weekend we rented a car and roadtripped into Northern Italy to the Italian Alps and up to the French/Italian border to see Mont Blanc, the tallest Mt. in Europe. It was more adventure than we bargained for. Abigail and Bella, unaccustomed to traveling by car now, were very ill on all ... read more
The Euro YaYa's
Chateau Chillon
Chillion




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