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Europe » Italy February 10th 2020

Hail Caesar!! A quick outline to start our trip. It will begin with a few days in Rome followed by three weeks on a cruise ship and ending with a few days in Dubai. We left Gabriola early Wednesday, taking a ferry to Nanaimo, followed by a half hour cab ride to Duke Point. From there we boarded the larger ferry for a two hour ride to Vancouver followed by a bus ride and sky train to the airport. After all this, hauling two suit cases and a backpack, we awaited for our shuttle to La Quinta hotel. It never arrived. The weather was dark and grey and wet and the people at the airport seemed depressed and subdued. Monica finally phoned the hotel and we were told the shuttle had broken down and to just ... read more
Beautiful Statues
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San Paulo

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Fiesole January 23rd 2020

One thing I really like to do when I’m waiting for public transport is to read the names of the other stops on my bus route and find the English translation for the Italian words I don’t know. I do this before I get on the bus, and then if the journey is boring, at each stop I can imagine why it was given a certain name, so for example one stop was called ‘mille passavanti’ which in English means ‘’a thousand passages.’ Then, when the bus stopped at ‘mille passavanti’, although the place was very non-descript I could imagine a thousand different coloured passages, some going up to the sky, some on ground level, and some going down into tunnels. I did this with every stop, and I managed to turn a 30 minute dull ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Fiesole January 23rd 2020

The Archaeological Area, which covers a green surface area of approximately 3 hectares, includes the remains of a Roman theatre, an Etruscan-Roman temple and Roman baths. The presence of Etruscans in Fiesole is noted from the eighth-seventh century by a small sanctuary that was later enlarged, during the fourth century, when the city was surrounded by walls. At the start of the first century BC, when the Romans took power, they began by starting construction of a new, more monumental temple, and other buildings such as the theatre and the baths, which transformed the Etruscan city of Fiesole into a Roman city. These buildings began to decay and deteriorate from the fourth century when the city entered a grave crisis that continued during the sixth century when Fiesole was involved in the Gothic war. The Lombards ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Fiesole January 23rd 2020

L’area archeologica, che si estende su una superficie verde di circa 3 ettari, comprende i resti di un teatro romano, di un tempio etrusco/ romano e delle terme romane. La presenza etrusca a Fiesole è attestata fin dall’VIII-VII secolo a.C. quando la città si recinse di poderose mura. Agli inizi del I secolo a.C. con la conquista romana, si dette il via alla costruzione di un nuovo tempio, più monumentale del precendente, di edifici, quali il teatro e le terme, che trasformarono la Fiesole etrusca in città romana. Questi edifici caddero progressivamente in rovina a partire dal IV secolo d.C quando la città entrò in una grave crisi che continuò nel corso del VI secolo d.C. con Fiesole coinvolta nella guerra greco/gotica. Alla fine del VI secolo d.C. Fiesole fu occupata dai Longobardi. ... read more

Europe » Italy December 2nd 2019

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Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Turin December 1st 2019

I realise you can't predict weather with any accuracy, but Turin was now beginning to wear our patience. It had now been raining constantly since Friday evening. We awoke Monday morning and it was still as bad as ever. Will there by an end in sight? The forecast suggested a positive outcome, but then we had seen previous lights at the end of the tunnel. Breakfast was quiet. The weekend visitors and people in town for the Turino match had now departed and it was just a few business types and the random English football tourists looking for sunshine. We followed our usual route towards the Lingotto centre. There was another Italian Job on the cards. The first movie location today was the Palavela down near the Motor Museum and the river. The strangely shaped, futuristic ... read more
Church of Santa Maria, Monte Dei Cappuccino, Turin
Palatine Gate, Turin

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Novara November 28th 2019

The province of Novara is the home to wine of Colline Novaresi which was created in 1994 for the red and white Italian wines of the area. All grapes destinated for DOC wine production need to harvested to a yield no greater than 11 tons. The geogafical borders of the Province between the Ticino and Sesia rivers is the main features of the territory. and explains both the economy and the history of the human settlements in the area. The Ticino river, naturally navigatable since antiguilty, was the main communication route and allowed to reach as far as Venice.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Piedmont November 28th 2019

Inhabited in pre roman times, the first of official mention of the places at the end of the 12th century. Ad as Palletum and Castrum Pallatae ( Palea being in latin a bale of cereals) A Fief of Laneiano , in 1933 it was donated by Charles V to Rodorico Arripalda then passed in 1577 to Laura Mormile Pignatelli.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Piedmont November 28th 2019

Vercelli is a city and commune of 46,552 in habitants in the province of Piedmont, northern Italy. One of the oldest Urban sites in Northern Italy, it was founded according to most historians around the year 600 BC, The city is situated on the river Sesia. In the plain of the river between Mulan and Turin. It is an important center for cultivation of rice, and is surrounded by rice patties, which are flooded in summer. The climate is typical of the PO Valley with cold, foggy winters and oppressive heat in summer months. Rain fall is most prevalent during the spring and autum, thunderstorms are common in summer.... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan November 28th 2019

Milan a city in Northern Italy, capitol of Lombardy the second most popular city after Rome, with a population of 3,259,835. It's continuously built Urban area has a population estimated to be about 5,270,000 over 1891 square meters. It is the leading financial center and most prosperous manufacturing and commercial city of Italy.... read more

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