Category Archives: travel with Friends

Playing House Abroad

Whenever we travel, we pick a town or city as our home base. It would usually be a strategically located hub and we explore the surrounding attractions for the duration of our stay.  We look for an apartment or flat … Continue reading

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Volterra: Not Just For Twi-hards and Oenophiles

One of the last towns we visited in our week in Tuscany was the town of Volterra.  According to Rick Steves*, this vibrant and history-laden town was recently in the international limelight because it was used as the backdrop for … Continue reading

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Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Color

Weekly Writing Challenge: Splash of Color Palio di Siena (or Il Palio) is a very old but still observed festival in Siena at least twice a year.  The tradition dates back to medieval times. It is a horse race where the … Continue reading

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A Little Town Called Volpaia

  During our recent trip through the Tuscany region, we stayed at a Villa in the outskirts of Florence. The Villa was up one of the hills in the municipality of Bagno a Ripoli. The place was called Borgo I Vicelli. Beyond the gates … Continue reading

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Riding Trains

During some of our European trips, my hubby and I avail of the efficient train systems at our disposal.  This has afforded us a peek into people’s daily goings on.  We find it a great opportunity to people-watch. There is … Continue reading

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Tuscan Heat

There’s nothing like being “Under the Tuscan Sun,” as the book goes. Well, I have to say that the Tuscan sun was beating down on us for the first three days of our trip. Think of highs in the 104 … Continue reading

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