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Rome to Istanbul – Day 4 (Taormina)

Taormina Sicily – I was here for work (a NATO ASI project through 3M) 32 years ago. I was anxious to return to see what time had done to a wonderful little village. For me there are three things in (and or near) Taormina that I remember and that I wanted to see. Mt. Etna, […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 3 (Amalfi)

We woke up this morning as we pulled into Amalfi. It is a very charming town. While we enjoyed the Isle of Capri, I dont think we’d return (too many tourists. :-)). Amalfi on the other hand is great. Beautiful beach, lovely town square, amazing emerald grotto. I have taken quite a few shots and […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 2 (Sorrento and Capri)

On our second day we anchored just off Sorrento which is about an hour south of Naples by car. In this shot you can see Vesuvius in the background. We came ashore via tender into the main harbor. Quite quaint. Not sure how they built these (especially years ago). From there we took a ferry […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 1 (Rome)

We had an uneventful flight to Rome (the best kind). We caught 90 minutes of shuteye and then had a nice afternoon walking the city. We were pretty wiped after the flight so we didn’t travel far. We saw the Spanish Steps (construction) and then Trevi Fountain (major construction!) and decided that was enough. Rome […]

The first and last “mile” to Le Torri

Here are a couple of fun clips we made in our last day in Tuscany. These are the last “mile” to and from our lovely apartment at Le Torri. It was always fun (more for me I’ll admit) that last segment before we arrived, or the first segment as we headed out. It IS as […]

Photos

I finished taking a scan through the 1,100 pictures I took on this trip. I have uploaded four albums into my Picasa account and they are now linked on my Selected Photos tab. If you are interested, take a look. All thumbnails can be expanded.

Como

Lake Como is much different than any of the places we have visited in Italy. It defies easy or simple definition. The surrounding area reminds me a bit of upstate New York with its deep lakes, steep inclines and dense vegetation. However, there are a number of differences. A few include: The Swiss Alps aren’t […]

Cinque Terre

Le Cinque Terre is made up of five ancient towns within a 5 kilometer stretch of coast along the Ligurian Sea. These towns retain their original charm and authenticity due, in large part, to the designation of the entire area as a world habitat site by UNESCO. The surrounding lands are a national park and […]

Portovenere

We are now in Liguria, on the Mediterranean coast in a small town called Portovenere. Our original plan was to stay in one of the towns of Cinque Terre but we could not find a room. We were lucky to find a place here (Thanks to Sandy from Travel Leaders)! In the end, I am […]

Volterra

For our last day in Tuscany we debated between Cortona (e.g. Frances Mayes – Under the Tuscan Sun) and Volterra (another of the primary Etruscan cities). Volterra won. It was closer, it had fewer tourists. We enjoyed it a lot. Not as much as Sienna, but more than Montepulciano. It was certainly classically Tuscan with […]