Ostuni and the Puglia

This post will overlap somewhat with my Flying Solo post  since my experience in this area came through a volunteer trip helping teach English in Ostuni. According to the travel guides,  summer in the Puglia region of southern Italy is hot and dry which may account for the fact that there seem to be fewer […]

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Places to Eat

Restaurants, wine bars and other fun places Before I write about some of my favorite restaurants (plus a few places to avoid or that were disappointing) I want to talk about why I generally love the dining experience in France and Italy.  My daughter says I’m the slowest eater in the Western Hemisphere and maybe […]

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Rome

This will be a fairly short article, at least for me, since this past September 2016 was my first visit to Rome and we only had two nights and a day and a half there.  But I wanted to share a few thoughts and pictures on what we did. Since our walking tour ended in […]

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The Towns of Chianti

Florence and Fiesole as well as Siena and San Gimignano are the topics of separate posts.  This article will be about the smaller towns of Chianti that I’ve come to love.  It will also be an ongoing article as I add towns and more information. On my first bike trip to Italy we started at […]

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Siena to St. Gimignano

Between Siena and San Gimignano Usually the centerpiece of any article about Siena is the incredible Duomo; however I’ve included a discussion of it in my Cathedrals and Abbeys  post and will focus on a theme similar to the one I used for Florence/Firenze–walking and people watching. I saw Siena for the first time on […]

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Florence and Fiesole

It’s difficult to know where to start in writing about Florence (Firenze) and Fiesole. I fell in love with the city the first time I came following a bike trip and have returned 7 times since then.  One of my favorite memories from that trip was walking down a narrow street from my hotel on […]

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Lucca, Pisa and the Garfagnana

In 2015 my sister and I visited this area for the first time.  We had been in Provence and the Cote d’Azur and after dropping off our car in Nice (a story for another blog) we trained it to Ventimiglia and then to Genoa where we spent the night at a nice hotel across from […]

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Montalcino and Southern Tuscany

I first saw Montalcino from the seat of a bike grinding up the switchbacks from the valley below, on the road from Buonconvento.  I don’t know about the rest of our group but I was sweating and dying.  But when we got to the town and sat in a little park or open space along […]

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Where to stay

Apartments or hotels? Before I write about some of my favorite hotels,  I want to comment on the growing trend to stay in apartments typically through VRBO or Air BnB. During our 2015 trip in France and Italy we met several people who were staying in apartments and they were all enthusiastic about the experience. […]

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Vineyards, wineries and enotecas

This will be an ongoing blog given that I’m always exploring new vineyards and wineries.  On my first trip to Europe– the bike trip in Provence–we were constantly stopping at small vineyards and caves which was my first real introduction to wine; and as an aside biking and wine tasting can be challenging. There were […]

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