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Castello di Verrazzano

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Americans, even non-New Yorkers, know the name Verrazzano because of the double-decker bridge that goes from Staten Island to Brooklyn. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the US and was named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, a … Continue reading

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Oh no! Not another charming hill town!

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Several years ago, I drove through Bavaria with a couple of friends.  Have you been to Bavaria? It’s unrelentingly beautiful and charming.  In fact, it became a running joke with us.  We’d round the bend on the autostrasse and a … Continue reading

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Head Hunting in Siena

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Another day, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Siena is, according to the UNESCO website, “the embodiment of a medieval city….Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city’s Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries… The whole city of Siena, … Continue reading

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A Tiny Slice of Pisa

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On our way back from the Cinque Terre to Lucca, we made a brief — a very brief — stop at another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa. The stop was so brief that I thought … Continue reading

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Monterosso al Mare

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It was about noon when we got to Monterosso al Mare, so the first thing we did was look for somewhere to have lunch. Monterosso is the largest of the Cinque Terre towns and the one with the most tourist … Continue reading

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To the Cinque Terre by Sea

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La Spezia is a port city located mid-point along a gulf — the Gulf of La Spezia, as it happens — on the northwestern coast of Italy. Part of the Italian Riviera, in the 19th century it was a hang-out … Continue reading

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Lucca III: Sanctuary of St. Gemma

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It was Saturday night in Lucca, so what did Patricia and I do? Did we go out for a hot time in the old town? Of course not. Like the good Catholic girls we are, we went to church. The … Continue reading

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