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A Day in Amsterdam – Art and Nia and Canals

Jul 23, 2012
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Our first—and only—full day in Amsterdam dawned wet and cold and rainy. So we felt totally at home! I was also very glad that at…

Welcome to Amsterdam!

Jul 23, 2012
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After a relatively a stress-free flight, we arrived at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and hopped on the 197 bus that was to stop within meters…

Siena!

Oct 11, 2011
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After breakfast this morning at the Villa Ducci in San Gimignano, I was treated to a tour down a medieval stone staircase that led from…

Another Day and More Towers

Oct 10, 2011
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Last night, I enjoyed dinner at the hotel (ravioli in walnut sauce – to die for) and had a good chat with the Dutch couple…

A Day in San Gimignano

Oct 9, 2011
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I have been looking forward to getting into San Gimignano ever since I started the novel about a year ago.  It felt amazing to finally…

Room with a View

Oct 9, 2011
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I sit at a small desk next to an open window in my yellow room and write. The only sounds I hear are a bird…

At the Villa Ducci

Oct 8, 2011
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Here are my impressions, transcribed more or less verbatim, that I recorded after arriving at the Villa Ducci near San Gimignano. I am sitting on…

On My Way to San Gimignano

Oct 8, 2011
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One of the more dubious joys of traveling is getting from A to B on public transport. Sometimes, the trip is a dream of transport…

Masaccio Frescoes in Florence

Oct 8, 2011
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After breakfast in a breakfast room crowded with two tour groups – one British and one French–I headed out to see the Masaccio frescoes from…

Dawn Over Florence

Oct 8, 2011
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Last night I dropped into bed at 9:30 and slept like the dead until 6! Although my room overlooks the street and is literally about…

Palazzo Davanzati

Oct 7, 2011
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One of the sites I was really interested in seeing on this trip was the Palazzo Davanzati–a 14th century Florentine palazzo that has been preserved…

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Oct 7, 2011
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October 6 – afternoon I arrived at the Uffizi at 3 — the appointed time for my entrance. I didn’t really have to spend the…