17 September, 2015

2015 – Italy Day 5 – Alberobello & Trulli houses

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This day was an adventure that could not be planned by any agency, tour company or bumbling tourist. However, Antimo orchestrated a perfect day. We did have a challenge getting to Alberobello because every train crossing we came upon had the guard rails down waiting for a train. We were told that in the olden
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16 September, 2015

2015 – Italy Day 4 – Manduria

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The crush is in full swing here in Manduria. Today we picked grapes for the harvest. We learned so much about grapes and wine today my head is spinning (okay so those of you who know Dick well can imagine what his comments were to that). Anyway, after breakfast at a cafe we took off
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16 September, 2015

2015 – Italy Day 3 – Goodbye Bari – Hello Mandura

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It was raining when we woke up this morning. Ah, that wonderful sound – now I have to remember that in February when I’m looking for sunshine in Oregon. We went in to old town Bari this morning to do some shopping and what we discovered is that everything was closed. I guess people know
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15 September, 2015

2015 – Italy Day 2 – Bari

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Today we started with our BNB breakfast. the owners made the cakes and the mother made the jam. The fruit juice was delicious – it wasn’t exactly orange juice, there were other flavors, just don’t know what they are. The plums were delicious as were the grapes. And the bread, quite yummy. Okay, so it’s
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14 September, 2015

2015 – Goodbye England – Hello Italy

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Have to shout out to Gill, thanks for the wonderful trip around England. She is the hostess with the mostest!! Truly enjoyed our visit – England is a fascinating country. So we are on our way to the airport at o’dark hundred. I thought it was foggy, but by English terms it was misty. As
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13 September, 2015

2015 – Last Day in England

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Before we left Cornwall we had to have a pasty (click link for correct pronunciation) Cornwall is famous for these meat and potato pies. We bought some still warm from the oven to take on our journey back to Stroud. About halfway back, we got off the motorway and stopped at a car park, bought
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13 September, 2015

2015 – Cornwall Charm

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irst thing in the morning was to go to a Boot Sale – which is a flea market where people have “stuff” in their trunk (boot) and sell it. It was so cheap it was hard not to buy everything. I did find a few  things – hope I can get them back home without
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13 September, 2015

2015 – A Day of Commemoration

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Today was a tough day to start. I will mention here that Gill’s husband died of brain cancer a year ago and it’s been emotional at times for us because this is the first time we’ve seen Gill and her family since Rich’s passing. Today a boat was being dedicated to him from his men’s
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13 September, 2015

2015 London to Stroud

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Our last day in London was more relaxed. We found these telephone booths – such a shame they are not being used. They were filled with trash and had graffiti all over them. Dick said they were for people who wanted to trash talk. Funny, but not. Before we left London I had to make
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13 September, 2015

2015 – London and Buckingham Palace

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Today we had reservations to visit inside Buckingham Palace which I think is only open to the public a few months of the year. We were going to walk through Hyde Park – it looked like a small distance on the map and I googled it at some point in time in my prep work
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13 September, 2015

2015 – England

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Off we go into the wild blue yonder……. Our one month adventure to England and Italy had begun. Our journey starts in England, visiting London for a few days before joining our friend Gill in the Cotswold countryside. We took Condor Airlines from Portland to Frankfurt and really enjoyed it. We upgraded to Premium Economy and
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