2 October, 2018

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites
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Take Five this month brings laughable moments, somewhat sad news, and a few interesting tidbits in-between.  Florence, Italy Banning Street Food.  L’Atalo-Americano shared this news which made me sad. I love Florence and never miss a visit to the city when we are in Italy. Over the years we have formed special relationships with some
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1 December, 2017

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup

Pulp Kitchen – Fresh Tomato Soup
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  Tomato soup – mmm, mmm good, as the Campbell Soup commercial boasts. And truly if you like tomatoes at all, tomato soup on a cool afternoon or evening is like a comfort food (especially to those of us who grew up back in the 50’s and 60’s). It was the soup I requested most
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5 October, 2017

2017 – Italy – Homeward Bound

2017 – Italy – Homeward Bound
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Sad to leave Florence today. We were up and packed, then took a nice long walk around the neighborhood after our coffee knowing we’d be sitting for the 15-hour plane trip home. We said our goodbyes to Claudia at the BNB, and Maria (Antimo’s cousin and artist). Maria’s husband Ciro drove us to the airport
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3 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 3 – Museo Degli Innocenti & Teatro Del Sale

2017 – Florence Day 3 – Museo Degli Innocenti & Teatro Del Sale
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M.G. Designs was our first stop today. I wanted to pick out a few of Maria’s beautiful pottery pieces to add to my collection. We figured out I could pay her with PayPal (since we don’t have credit cards until we return home). Otherwise, I would have had to go home empty-handed. (This is just
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2 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town
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A lazy start to our morning – so unusual for us – it was great. An older man was mopping the entrance floors and the stairs when we were going out – navigating wet stairs before coffee was fun. But wait! We left our room around 10:30 and returned at 10:45 because I forgot the
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1 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour
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Woke up this morning literally with a very cold shower. Apparently last night there was a gas leak in the apartment building and the gas was turned off at some point. Even though Antimo got up and turned it back on, I wasn’t able to get any warm water. Oh well, I moved a little
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3 September, 2017

2017 – And The Journey Begins!

2017 – And The Journey Begins!
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Losing a day getting from Portland to Florence is the hardest part of the trip to me. I’m all amped up, ready to see and do everything, and I’m stuck in Seat 8A for what seems like 24 hours, but in reality is about 18 hours flight time. On the bright side, Dick and I
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2 September, 2017

2017 – The Adventure Begins & Ends In Florence

2017 – The Adventure Begins & Ends In Florence
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What can a person say about air travel that’s interesting and without disaster to report. (Note to self: do not watch the movie “Sully” on this plane trip.) Our bags are packed and we’re ready to go. We were able to smuggle on an extra passenger (Nemo) that will be joining us on our adventures.
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23 August, 2017

Italy Or Bust THIS Year – 2017

Italy Or Bust THIS Year – 2017
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  Let’s try this again. As you may or may not know, we planned a trip to Italy last year in September and due to my taking a bad fall just days before we planned to leave (resulting in a fractured back), that trip was canceled. So, after being in a back brace for over
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26 July, 2016

Italy 2016

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This year’s travel plans for Italy are getting a few tweaks before we head out for our 2016 adventures. Here is our general itinerary: Fly into Firenze and stay at BNB in town for a couple of days. We have a few activities on our agenda while we are there. One highlight is a visit Il Teatre del Sale
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30 September, 2015

2015 – Day 16 Italy – Florence food, fun & shopping

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Fellow travelers, Well, today is our last day in Florence. Hard to believe we’ve been gone almost a month. Our day started out a little late – we said goodbye to our landlady who was taking off on a vacation of her own. She was very nice and we enjoyed our time with her while
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28 September, 2015

2015 – Day 15 Italy – Welcome to Florence

2015 – Day 15 Italy – Welcome to Florence
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Just an FYI, before we left Opera02 I discovered the way to get to the bottle of grappa in our room. You just lift off the heavy glass casing. Well, figured that out just a little too late. Although Dick and Antimo figured they could drink it, and replace the contents with water – maybe
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