2018 Travelogue

One week into the 6-week world tour and I am just getting to this!  My apologies. May 31:  Arrived in London (Heathrow) and transferred via car to a Gatwick Hotel to prepare for an early flight on June 1 to Catania.  Stayed at Sofitel London Gatwick, located at North Terminal. June 1:  Discovering that the flight …

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lavare i miei vestiti

Yes, today I was washing my clothes.  It was a bit of a challenge to figure out the washing machine, but I managed in the end.  Plug it in, turn on the water, choose the right coordinates.  Where does the soap go?  In the end, I had to look up a manual online!  Then an …

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Firenze in March

Wednesday, March 8 I arrived in Florence at 11:30am.  The weather was much as it had been in San Diego — 40’s – 50’s at night and 50’s – 60’s during the day.  Clear skies and comfortable weather.  This time I rented an apartment in the Frediano.  I am told this is one of the …

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Snowing in Italy

It’s freezing!  The locals are just as taken aback by the weather as I am.  Probably even more so, since they have not experienced this severity in memory.  Right now, as I sit in the airport hotel in Firenze, it is 38° outside, 8mph winds, and snowing off and on.  I am glad to be …

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Santa Maria Novella and the Duomo

Today I walked 7400 steps, which seemed like much farther in the “feels like 35° weather!  Everyone was bundled up with hats, gloves and scarves.  I walked to Piazza San Marco and then headed toward the Santa Maria Novella Train Station to check on train times to travel to Calenzano tomorrow to meet with Tommaso …

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New York

Made it to New York safely.  Got up at 4am for a 7am flight.  Arrived 30 minutes early in New York; some rough patches of turbulence, but mostly smooth. Flight for Paris (and then on to Florence) leaves at 7pm, so I will board in about 45 minutes.  The snow-covered landscape was beautiful on our …

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Preparing for Departure

Getting ready for my trip to Italy.  Just got my International Driver’s Permit.  Flight leaves tomorrow morning at 7am.