Train to Genova

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Zoe and I were having a little get away to Genova traveling by train. It is an hour from Firenze to a Pisa where you change trains and two hours from Pisa to Genova.  I had planned to finish a blog on my Bologna trip but discovered there was no WiFi. I have had WiFi before on the train so just assumed I would.  Plan B was to finish … Read More

The Iris Garden and the Weather

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When I joined AILO (International League of Florence last November one of the things I volunteered for was working in the iris garden.   Il Giardino dell’Iris at Piazzale Michelangelo was founded in 1954 with the aim of hosting an annual International Competition for the best Iris varieties. I had been here several times and thought it would be a fun outdoor experience and something that Zoe would also enjoy. … Read More

Vigevano

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Vigevano is a town in northern Italy about 40 km. from Milano. It is considered an historic art town, and is renowned for shoe making and is in a rice-growing district. I went to Milano for a few days over the National Workers holiday to see my dear friends Gabriella and Rino. They decided that a car trip to Vigevano would be a nice excursion to take on a rare … Read More

My Friend CATHERINE BOLTON

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It is a common practice when you travel to Italy and spend more than a day or two in any given place you find your bar. You want it to be a local place opposed to a tourist haute. Relaxed and friendly. I found all of these things in Bar D Angolo at Porta Romana when Zoe and I spent 2 1/2 months living in Firenze fall of … Read More