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Cinque Terre—Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso

Sat, 9 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [50]

WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT Cinque Terre is back in business. Well almost. The hiking trail that runs from town to town is open only from Corniglia to Vernazza and from Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare, the two more difficult sections. It won’t be ... Read more >

Cinque Terre—Taking Time to Smell the Garlic

Fri, 8 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [57]

RENTAL CAR PRICES IN EUROPE ARE DOUBLE what we remember from a decade ago. Europcar still had the best deal—€37/day including the Pisa-Bologna drop off charge. The Fiat 500 is probably the smallest rental we’ve ever had but with the ... Read more >

Photos: Cinque Terre

Fri, 8 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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More Treasures of Pisa

Thu, 7 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [61]

WE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE WAITED to visit the Sinopie Museum until we had seen the original frescoes at the Campo Santo Cemetery. Offically Camposanto Monumentale,   Campo Santo was originally constructed to house the graves that were scattered ... Read more >

Still Leaning After All These Years

Tue, 5 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [65]

EVEN THE THUNDER, LIGHTENING AND RAIN drumming on the skylight didn’t keep us from a good sleep. After breakfast we walked to the Field of Miracles where the famous Tower of Pisa still leans. As any freshman engineering student could tell you, ... Read more >

Photos: Pisa

Mon, 4 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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We've Got A Ticket To Ride

Mon, 4 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [63]

PISA IS ONLY AN HOUR BY TRAIN from Florence so most visitors make it a day trip as we did ten years ago. Now that we have more time, more money and more patience we decided to stay a while.              Worth ... Read more >

Finito Con Firenze—Finished With Florence

Sun, 3 Oct 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [64]

AN OLD WOODY ALLEN SCHTICK GOES “My wife is and atheist and I’m agnostic. We argue about which religion not to bring the children up in.” Like Woody I am a heathen without much use for religion.      Oppulence ... Read more >

More of Florence

Thu, 30 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [71]

THE CHURCH OF ORSANMICHELE HAS BEEN—in turn—part of a monestary, a granary, a church and a museum. Remnants like iron rings on the ceiling that once hoisted grain are reminders of its former life. During the Renaissance the various trade ... Read more >

Take A Look Around

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [65]

WITH SO MUCH ART AND HISTORY in Florence you can forget life is taking place around you. Like Buck O’Neill, the famous Negro League baseball player once advised, “Son, in this life, you never walk by a red dress.”    ... Read more >

Renaissance Men

Mon, 27 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [82]

IN CASE YOUR HISTORICAL RECALL is a little bit fuzzy, Renaissance means “rebirth”— a return to ancient Greek and Roman thinking and styles. In Italy the perception was that the power and glory that was ancient Rome could be reborn. ... Read more >

Uffizi Gallery: One Step Up at a Time

Sat, 25 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [107]

ONE PAYS A PRICE TO VISIT THE UFFIZI—and the €20 ticket cost is only the beginning. Now you have your temperature scanned and show your Covid “Green Card” followed by an airline-like security check. After making your way through ... Read more >

To Buy Or Not To Buy . . .

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [101]

THAT IS THE QUESTION. With individual tickets starting at €8, purchasing a multi-day pass not only saves money, you don’t have to wait in line. But which pass is right, a 3-day Florence City Pass for €70 or the 3-day Uffizi Pass for €... Read more >

Florence in the Sunshine

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [90]

FIRENZE LOOKS MUCH DIFFERENT in “shoulder season” than on our visit ten years ago in the dead of winter. While the weather then was molto freddo —Italian for “freakin’ freezing—we had the city pretty much to ourselves.... Read more >

Benvenuto in Italia

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

EVEN WITH ALL OF OUR FLIGHTS departing and arriving on time it took twenty-one hours to go from Omaha to Atlanta to Paris to Florence. And it almost didn’t happen!                        ... Read more >

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