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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Earlier in the week we spent two nights in Rothenberg ob der Tauber, best known as one of the towns on the Romantic Road. The Romantic Road is about 220 miles of highway linking picturesque towns and castles between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany. It is loosely based on an old Roman trade route that…

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Who Doesn’t Love A Porsche?

We woke up to rain today and decided to find something fun to do in Stuttgart. We decided on a car museum. Even if you don’t love cars, the museums are a great place to see some amazing architecture and learn about technology and history from a new perspective. During our last trip to Germany we…

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Basel

On Tuesday morning Matt and I said goodbye to Chris In Geneva. The time together passed quickly and suddenly he was flying back to Los Angeles. It was a teary goodbye after three weeks of a lot of fun, with stories to tell and great memories of Switzerland, Italy and France. We’re already talking about…

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Weekend In The French Alps

This past weekend we stayed at a beautiful mountain chalet, Les Campanules, in Les Houches near Chamonix in the French Alps. We were close enough to Chamonix for all of the activities, but had a quiet place to relax. On the outside Les Campanules looks quaint and traditional, but the inside was a surprise of…

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Last Day In Italy

I can’t believe it’s our last day in Italy. The past two weeks have gone by so quickly,I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface in writing about everything we’ve been doing. Partly because we’ve been so busy, but also because the internet service is a bit irregular, and uploading photos and charging my iPad takes…

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Galleria dell’ Accademia

This afternoon we took the train into Florence to visit the Galleria dell’ Accademia, an art museum that is home to Michelangelo’s sculpture the David. Even though we had reserved tickets for 1:00 p.m. we had to wait in line for about half an hour. This was minor though compared to the ticket line that stretched…

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Montefioralle

We’ve been visiting several of the beautiful hill towns in Chianti, but the one that is the most memorable is Montefioralle. We arrived there after driving up a long winding hill and parked in a beautiful shaded area at the base of the wall that surrounds the tiny village. Montefioralle is nestled in the heart…

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Welcome to Villa il Castellaccio

Welcome to Villa il Castellaccio located near Lucolena, Figline and Greve in Chianti, Tuscany. This is home for our two weeks in Italy. We arrived on June 7, and loved it from the minute we drove down the long meandering gravel lane to the villa. Villa il Castellaccio is an agriturismo with one large villa…

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Night Lights of Florence

Last night we drove into Florence to watch the sunset and see the city lights. We parked at the Piazzale Michelangelo, a square on a hill above the Arno River, overlooking Florence. As the sun began to set, we watched the sky fade, the hills beyond the city darken, and the twinkling lights surrounding the…

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Killing Time On a Rainy Afternoon

This morning we went to the Saturday market in Greve’s square and could hear thunder rumbling while we picked up fresh fruit, vegetables and whatever looked good to add to pizzas we’re making for dinner tonight. The rain held out until we were back to our apartment, but it’s been one cloud burst after another.…

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Quick Stop In Milan

We added Milan to our itinerary, but only as a brief stop on the way to Tuscany last Saturday. Chris found a subway station in the outskirts of Milan (Molino Dorino) with a park and ride garage where we could leave the car for only a euro a day. Driving and parking in the city…

Lake Como village

Lake Como

The last several days has been a whirlwind of driving, finding our way to Tuscany and settling into Villa Il Castellaccio. Wassen and the surrounding area was beautiful and relaxing. I’d love to visit more of the small mountain villages and especially return in the winter – to the places that are accessible. Several of…

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On Our Way

We’re on our way – currently on our flight to Geneva via Newark on the friendly skies of United. Getting up at 2:30 am and leaving for the airport at 4:00 was a stretch, especially after going to bed at midnight. I think it would have been better to stay up. We left Newark at 5:45…