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  Keeping with my plans to do some 3-4 day trips as often as I can while the weather is nice. My next stop was Genova, the capital of the Italian region of Liguria and the sixth largest city of Italy. I have been wanting to explore this western coast. As you go south it is referred to as the “Italian Riviera”. The cities in this area are Cinque … Read More


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In April when the weather changed and got warmer I decided Zoe and I were going to start taking some trips. Go away for 3 or 4 days to places I hadn’t been for a while and new discoveries.  First trip Bologna.  John and I were there for a few days many years ago but I felt I really didn’t know it.  We used it as a base … Read More

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


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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


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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

Cimitero degli Allori/Allori Cemetary

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Within blocks of where I live is this beautiful cemetery. I have seen it numerous times on the bus always reminding myself to go back and take a look around.  Finally I did just that thanks to a cultural event hosted by AILO. We were scheduled to go a month ago but it was canceled because of the cold rainy weather.  I think the temperature was around 30 degrees fahrenheit.  What … Read More

AILO Florence

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I have been in a Florence now for 21 months.  The first year was about getting familiar to my new country, my neighborhood, new lifestyle and new friends.  When you have worked most of your life it does take sometime to get adjusted to not working on a regular basis.  I love it here and I know I made the right decision for Zoe and I.  About 9 … Read More

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