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Home Again

I thought it would be easy to wrap up my final blog relating to Europe.  I decided to give myself a few days to rest, trying hard to work through jet lag.  It was particularly bothersome because, when I arrived from L.A. to Amsterdam, I hit the ground running the...

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Day 22: Homeward Bound

Have you ever done something knowing it's for the last time and you've said to yourself, "This is the last time I'm ____"?  That was my standard line to myself on my last evening prior to leaving for my flight home from Rome.  Every sentence ended with the words...

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Day 21: Tuscany

I woke up fat(ter) and happy the following morning after my scrumptious dinner with Marco, Rosanna, and their family.  But this was a new day, and an early one to boot, because I had a twelve-hour day tour planned through Tuscany! Marco knew I had to be at the train...

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Day 20: Florence (Part 1)

As I was packing my luggage for my train ride to Florence the following morning, I checked my train ticket, only to discover that my train wasn't leaving until 9:20 a.m.!  I had told everyone that I wasn't going to see them for breakfast because I thought my train was...

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Days 18 and 19: Rome

Buon giorno! We were at the Monterosso train platform to meet Sandro for our last drive together to Rome! As it turned out, our hotel in Rome was located on the third floor (uh, that is really the fourth floor) of a building, the bottom floor being a church!  One of...

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Day 15: Venice

I thought I had my day all planned out.  I was really looking forward to getting an early start after coming down from yesterday's high.  The two sisters, Sue and Kathy, were going to St. Mark's Basilica in the morning and I begged to be their tagalong, mainly because...

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Day 14: Venice

Venice is such a beautiful maze of a city (and I'm not exaggerating the word "maze").  Honestly, two nights there was not enough time for me to explore the city although, considering how lost we all constantly were, perhaps we did see the entire city and we just...

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Days 12 and 13: Munich

I really, really wanted to love Munich.  Really!  But perhaps it was due to a time constraint that I didn't see this lovely city as thoroughly as I should have that caused me to love it less than the other wondrous cities that I had just visited on this trip.  Could I...

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Day 9: Beaune, France

I messed up...I thought we were on to Switzerland next but we were heading to Beaune, France! First of all, I want to say something.  When I first began planning this trip, I was most hesitant about visiting Paris because of all of the negative comments from EVERYBODY...

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