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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…

Florence and Food

Oct 7, 2011
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Being a solo traveler means I have lots of time to take notes! This blog is a distillation of the notes I took while eating…

Firenze – Just Arrived

Oct 6, 2011
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May 6 I just arrived in Firenze after a smooth and easy first class train ride on the fancy EuroStar from Rome. It took just…

Benvenuto Roma

Oct 6, 2011
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Ciao I arrived in Rome on October 5 after two long flights–Vancouver Toronto and then Toronto to Rome. The Vancouver flight was late getting into…

Stars on Ice

May 22, 2011
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I went to see Stars on Ice last night with my mom and dad. I like figure skating—well, really, who doesn’t? Not that I’m a…