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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa May 30th 2019

30/05/2019 – Pisa Donderdag van La Specia naar Pisa, via Carrarra en Lido di Calmaiore. Op bezoek bij Oma/Opa Aaltert, en samen naar de Cavi di Marmo, een begeleide rondleiding in het hart van een operationele marmergroeve in het Carrarra massief. De identieke plaats waar reeds de Romeinen 2000 geleden hun witte marmer haalden en Michelangelo zijn ruwe blokken zelf kwam uitkiezen. De uitgezaagde ruimtes midden in de berg zijn indrukwekkend. Er passen kathedralen in. De technische uitleg hoe de blokken uitgezaagd worden door middel van diamantdraden en water onder hoge druk heb ik niet helemaal gesnapt, maar dat ligt aan mij, en dus zeker niet aan onze gids Francesca in een perfect Italiaans Engels. De toegangsweg is spectaculair, gedeeltelijk door lange smalle donkere tunnels, stijgingen tot 10% en haarspeldbochten die met de MH soms in ... read more
Carrarra - Marmo Tour
Carrarra - Marmo tour
Carrarra  Marmo Tour

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Taormina May 30th 2019

INTRODUCTION TO 2019 MEDITERRANEAN DIVE TRIP Hello Readers…it is sunny and warm here in the Mediterranean. I am fifteen days into my 2019 dive trip. The holidays were over, ski season was finished, and the school year was winding down, and I was wondering when and where I would go this year. Then a Turkish friend at my Monday dance (recreational ballroom) extolled her beautiful summer home in Bodrum, Turkey. When she said she swam every morning in the sea, and often went to the opera, and plays I said, “OK…I think I will visit you this summer.” She was gracious and didn’t say she didn’t want company. I was half kidding, but soon I was seriously thinking about going. Gulen invited me to lunch and we talked a bit more about me visiting her in ... read more
JELLY FISH
TWO JELLY FISH
THE OCTOPUS

Europe » Italy » Liguria » La Spezia May 29th 2019

05/28-29/2019 – La Spezia en Cinque Terre Dinsdag Como – La Spezia, drukke havenstad aan de Ligurische zee. De bedoeling was om van hier uit Cinque Terre en zijn 5 Unesco werelderfgoed bergdorpen te bezoeken. Door de aanhoudende regen deze nacht en het nog grijze weer deze morgen woensdag dachten we al Cinque Terre te scippen en in de plaats een boek te lezen tot het uiteindelijk in de voormiddag leek op te klaren. Daar de dorpen met de auto niet bereikbaar zijn moest alles met het openbaar vervoer. Met de bus tot aan het station en dan met de trein van dorp tot dorp. Niet zo simpel dat openbaar vervoer. Ik sta nog liever in de file. En wat een drukte op de treinen en in die bergdorpjes. Zeker 100.000 waren van het zelfde gedacht ... read more
Cinque Terre kusten
Monterosso - strand
Monterosso strand

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 27th 2019

The rain arrived but didn't dampen our enjoyment of Venice. Today we enjoyed indoor adventures. Rather close to our "flat" was the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - a church built by the Franciscan and dedicated in 1492! It is still a church but contains many of Venice's most famous works of art. Went early and almost had it to ourselves. Besides the paintings and sculptures there were some amazing carved pieces and even a 16th century clockworks. Couldn't leave Italy without having pizza - it was complemented with grilled sardines and onions soaked in olive oil and deep fried zucchini blossoms. Ben will appreciate someone else who has eaten in this restaurant. Did some exploring in the rain looking for bookstores and bakeries. Also did some house keeping and laundry as we prepare ... read more
Frari
Carved clock face
Clock face detail

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Como May 27th 2019

05/26-27/2019 Op weg naar Toscane Zondag, verkiezingsdag. Na deelname aan de bolletjeskermis, vertrokken op weg naar Toscane. Overnachting op de ons bekende camperplaats in Colmar. Stoeltjes nog buiten, want nog 27°, en met verhoogde TV volumeknop aan beginnen luisteren naar Ivan De Vadder's voorlopige kiesuitslagen. Het ziet er niet goed uit voor sommigen. Een nieuwe Zwarte Zondag wordt al aangekondigd. Dus toch nog goed nieuws voor anderen. Het voorzittersdebat werd aldus nog spannend. Maandag, met miezerig bewolkt weer en lichte hoofdpijn (van de goedkope wijn bij de overwinningsnederlaag van gisteren) vertrokken dwars door Zwitserland. Hoe meer naar het zuiden hoe natter en kouder. Geen nood, uit ervaring weten we, eens de Gothard voorbij is het zomer. Niet dus deze keer. Hoe zuidelijker hoe natter en nog 16° bij aankomst op de camperplaats in Como. De electriciteitsaa ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 26th 2019

Spent the day visiting two other islands in the Venetian lagoon - Burano and Murano. Where many European cities have extensive bus/subway public transport services - Venice has boats. The network is extensive and considering how many people they need to service - very effective. First stop was Burano, known for its fine lace making and very colorful houses. Not too big and not too crowded and a great excuse to have a cappuccino and "Burano bussola (biscuit)". It takes about an hour to cross the lagoon to Burano - we said they were efficient, no fast! Next stop was Murano, know for its glassworks. Very quaint island but a bit more crowded as is only 10 min. from Venice proper. Gee found a very nice osteria with a great outdoor garden and very local feel. ... read more
Sunday morning treats
Burano colors
Burano color

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 25th 2019

Busy day in Venice - spent 6 hrs walking and 2 on a boat. Roaming through the endless maze of "streets" - some only 3 ft wide- has been delightful. It is easy to get lost, but the fun is in the search. Some highlights: The Rialto bridge is one of the 4 bridges over the Grand Canal and near it is the site of a Saturday morning fish market and the amount and variety was amazing. Everything fresh from the boats. Watched one fellow clean live eels! A Venetian tradition is an Italian version of tapas called cicchetti. Walk-up bars offer small, usually open-faced "sandwiches" with a wide range of toppings beginning late morning and each one is about 1euro. You can also get a very small glass of wine also for a euro - ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 24th 2019

One more step on this path has been completed and we are in Venice. It will be impossible to describe and though we will take far too many pictures, none of them will do justice to this city. Unique is an understatement. We've logged quite a few miles already and will share a few photos with you. The ones "titled" as 4-**** are within 150 yards of the apartment that will be home for 4 days. The others might give you a flavor of Venice. Some streets crazy busy, but take a few steps from them and it is tranquil and beautiful. Fingers crossed the good weather holds for a couple of days.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 11th 2019

About 2 years ago we were invited to attend the wedding of family and friends the Moorcrofts in England over Easter. It didn't make sense to go all that way for 2 days so we decided to tack on a side trip to Venice followed by an Adriatic cruise. It worked out quite well as you will see. There are 7 Panoramic shots to begin. Allow 5 secs. for each to scroll through. 1. Grand Canal, Venice 2. Sailing out of Venice 3. Acropolis, Athens 4. Theatre of Dionysus, Acropolis 5. Harbour, Mykonos 6. Countryside, Albania 7. Harbour Entrance, Dubrovnik... read more
On to Venice
Merchant of Venice
The gondola ride

Europe » Italy May 3rd 2019

Civitavecchia, Italy 4-26-2019 Civitavecchia, Italy Hom nay du thuyen den ben luc 8AM. Toi du dinh di den Rome va toi da mua giay xe lua cho viec nay. Tuy nhien vao gio chot toi thay doi y dinh vi toi da di Rome tuan truoc nen gio chot toi di tour voi du thuyen de den Castle Civita o vung Civitavecchia. Vung Civitavecchia la vung rat dac biet vi noi day da so la nguoi gia sinh song vi the o day khong co truong hoc. Khong co ky nghe. Tai chanh nho vao du lich ma gan day dan tau den day rat nhieu nhay la vung nay. Vung nay trong nhieu nhat la Olive de lam dau de an. Ho lam dau bang cach lay dau tu trai olive. Dau o day ban ... read more
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