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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana April 8th 2015

Easter Monday found us up for breakfast at 8 am and then packing up our bags. Our next task was to set off to find the bus stop for bus #15, the one that supposedly would deliver us to our mystery destination out in an industrial park where we were to catch our Florentia bus to Ljubljana. When i first booked our bus tickets I immediately checked out the location on Google Earth and was quite dismayed with where the bus stop was located. We decided to roll the dice and wait until we got to Padua where we would then ask. Suzy, our hostess, had never heard of this place but did some research and told us to take bus #15. After further searching I mapped out the route from the pickup point and decided ... read more
50 Shades of Purple
Ljubljana Castle
Street in Ljubljana

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Padua April 5th 2015

We arrived to Padua under cloudy skies and cool temperatures. We were able to find our way to Casa Battisti without any problem after about a 20 minute walk. As we were early arriving, we weren't sure we could get in but thankfully the cleaning lady buzzed us up and we got our room right away. Our place is very nice and there is a communal kitchen where we plan to cook dinner on both nights. We met with Suzy, the owner, and she is a wonderfully, warm lady from Syria. She was very bubbly and helpful, especially when we asked her to help us find the bus station we would be leaving from on April 6 that, according to the address and Google Earth, was outside of Padua in an industrial park! We then headed ... read more
Prato Della Valle By Day
Venice - Grand Canal
Strolling Along the Walkway

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona April 3rd 2015

Thursday morning we set out for the Campo Di Martre train station in Florence, a different one from the one to which we arrived. Curtis, with map in hand, led us directly there. Honestly if he ever wants to get rid of me he would just have to send me out into a strange place, map or no map, and leave me. I have no sense of direction, even when looking at a map so it amazes me how he can just get us to our destination! We were to ride in 1st Class to Verona. We boarded our coach with dozens of others, many of whom had huge pieces of luggage. All of the other trains we have travelled on in 1st class have had some kind of luggage rack. Not this one. This poor ... read more
Ponte Peitra
Panoramic view of Verona

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence April 1st 2015

We enjoyed another glorious morning looking out at the Duomo while feasting on nutella filled croissants and commented to each other how we would never be eating like this at home! The pleasures we have allowed ourselves have been quite out of character for us, especially in relation to food! After savouring the last sweet bites of oozing chocolate, we went out to complete our list of "must sees" in Florence. First we headed back towards to train station in order to visit the Santa Maria Novella which is the first basilica in Florence. We wandered through this beautiful church with its frescoes and chapels. We were amazed to see how high water of the Arno River had risen in 1966, causing much damage to the frescoes. Next we headed toward the San Lorenzo Market and ... read more
Santa Maria Novella
Chicken Feet
Barrel of Sun Dried Tomatoes

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence March 31st 2015

I have never run a marathon. Can't say it is on my bucket list. I figure, mathematically, that the 4 half marathons I have done actually equal 2 whole ones! Regardless, our first day in Florence was a marathon of sightseeing! After a great night's sleep we woke to a melody of bells of the as they peeled through the crisp morning. We showered, in our unique little room, and then Curtis went off in search of fresh baking for breakfast. He found a place with Nutella and marmalade filled croissants which we enjoyed over coffee. We then headed out to begin our race. First on our agenda was the Duomo, Tower, and Baptistery. We were fortunate that the line was very short. As we stood in line we suddenly remembered that the lady at the ... read more
Stairs inside Duomo
Campanile  - Giotto's Tower
Baptistery Ceiling

Europe » Italy » Tuscany March 31st 2015

As we arrived to the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence on Monday we looked for the Farmacia sign where we were to turn and go outside to follow directions to our apartment. As luck would have it there were two farmacias and we chose the wrong one. After a few minutes of confusion we headed in the other direction and soon were on the right track. Our apartment is in the most amazing location and is truly unique. We found our street and the big wooden door with our number on it. We were to meet Lorenzo there but we were a bit early so we went to a little place across the street for a drink. At the assigned meeting time of 1:00 we went back to the old door and Curtis sat ... read more
Tight  squeeze in elevator
shower ...... European style
Ponte Vecchio

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre » Riomaggiore March 29th 2015

Palm Sunday dawned sunny and clear again. As we had our coffee we could hear the church bells as the procession began to celebrate this final Sunday before Easter. We stopped at a small place for a quick bite and then headed off to the train station to go to Monterosso. Our original intent and fervent wish had been to hike between the five villages of Cinque Terre - Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. The walk takes about 5 hours, not counting for stopping and wandering through each village. This would have been a wonderfully tiring walk but unfortunately due to landslides, the trail is closed from Riomaggiore all the way to Vernazza. We could have opted to walk from Vernazza to Monterosso but decided that if we wanted to spend time in each we ... read more
Tiered slopes of Corniglia

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore March 28th 2015

At 9:50am we were bound for Italy. We arrived in Ventimiglia and awaited for our connection to Riomaggiore. Now our ride to Riomaggiore was the first one we were to board where we didn't have a ticket using only our Rail Pass. I have to admit I was terrified doing this, as all of our other rides have had a reservation which means a ticket in my hand. My brother kept reminding me that we can just hop on a Regional train using our pass with the addendum, "but if it's one you need a reservation for they will fine you!". So needless to say I have been a bit anal about checking and double-checking everytime we get to a station and this remained status quo when we arrived in Ventimiglia. We waited in line where ... read more
Susan's new friend Andrea

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice March 26th 2015

My husband got to see Nice today. Not the one we have been walking around in the rain exploring but the one that comes alive with a brilliant blue sky. All the places we have already seen came to life under the gleaming sun. We enjoyed a fresh croissant, coffee, and juice in our hotel while chatting with a lovely man from Copenhagen. Not long after we headed out the door to make our way to the Vauban bus stop in order to catch our bus to the hilltop town of Eze. The bus stop was about a 25 minute walk through the streets of Nice where we wound our way past people enjoying their morning coffee or espresso. We arrived at the bus stop and located our #82 bus. We paid the driver 3 euros ... read more
Hillside Gardens
View atop Eze
Jetee Promenade

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice March 25th 2015

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of those who so tragically lost their lives in the devastating plane crash from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. It was so heartbreaking to read about and one can only imagine the pain left in the wake of this terrible accident. It is also difficult for us, having just been in Barcelona where we encountered dozens of school groups, and wondering if perhaps it was one of them. Life cut short too soon for so many. Hold those you love a bit tighter tonight. We arrived in Nice by train from Avignon. We met a very nice man from Virginia while waiting for the train and we chatted with him for some time. He was travelling on his own at the ripe age of 72, which I found ... read more
Pirate Bonbon hmmmm good
Port Nice
War Memorial - Nice

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