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We are parting from Corey today. Trinity and I are headed to Bologna and then Ravenna and Corey's destination is Venice where we will meet up again in three days time. The kids have been teasing me that i will worry for the next three days about Corey. I might....

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Travel from city to city has been mostly comfortable. The train cars are air-conditioned and quite comfortable if a little more crowded than those in the US. It's a lot more comfortable than was experienced in Vietnam....

Update:

I wrote the above while on the train on the way to Bologna. About an hour into our train trip, I got a call from Corey. Seems he was on the wrong train and got 'booted' off!! He was working it out and was going to catch a connection to Venice in Bologna about an hour after we arrived. Haven't heard anything further from him so I am guessing that all is going ok (even with the side-trip) haha

Trinity and I have arrived in Bologna and checked into our hotel. The hotel is much nicer than I expected. We are resting for a little bit to pass the heat of the day and will venture out a little later. We were able to find our way to the hotel without any trouble and from what we saw on the way here....I'm going to like this place! Think I might end up disappointed that we only booked one night.

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Posted by Khandilee 03:02 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

"I think I could live here"

Florence Concluded

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I can't really say that we did a lot or saw a lot of the more famous things in Florence. I skipped seeing the “David” and avoided all places with lines or entry fees (which pretty much excludes everything that you read about). However, I loved Florence. Just walking around the streets, seeing the architecture and the multitude of piazza's and statues all over town was very enjoyable. I still find that the Italian women are rude and unpleasant. The men however are outgoing and quick to offer up a quick wink and 'bon journo' (and probably other remarks that I am unable to understand with my limited Italian).

The food has been hit or miss. Some places, it's amazing and others leave a lot to be desired. I fear that the Italian's laugh at us “American's” with our quick meals and haste to finish and 'check please'.

I think we all enjoyed our time in Florence. I find it interesting that the places that I enjoy the most are more likely to have a lot less pictures...

My favorite time in Florence was Michaelangelo Piazza at sunset. It was a beautiful vantage point to see the entire city. The piazza sits on the edge of the city on a hill with breath-taking views in all directions. Trinity thinks it would be a great spot for a marriage proposal. and states that she would expect nothing less... I fear it will take a man well off in order to please her!

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We have been staying in a mix of hostels and small hotels where we have all three been sharing a room. Trinity and I will experience a shared dorm tonight as well as Corey. It will be interesting to see how it feels to sleep with strangers. I'm certain that Corey will be happy to finally share a room with men rather than us girls for once.

That's really all for now....no funny or interesting stories to share today. Will try to update again soon.

Ciao!

Posted by Khandilee 02:59 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

Florence

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Florence....

I see why everyone loves this place! Maybe my reactions are a little skewed after being in Naples, but this place is wonderful! Beautiful sights, broad piazza's, great food, friendly people.....yes, I like it here!

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We arrived yesterday after a 5 1/2 hour train ride around 5pm. After showering, we headed out to explore a little with no real plans. Found the Dumo, it's beautiful! I will post pictures a little later, but it's been enjoyable so far.

I never did take Trinity out for a birthday drink, but will do so tonight.....

Ciao!

Posted by Khandilee 04:57 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

The Ghetto

or better know as Naples.

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First impressions were bad. Dirty, noisy and run-down. These were the first thoughts that I had on arriving in Naples. I thought that maybe I was being a bid hard on the city so decided to give it a fair chance.

After spending the morning at Pompeii (more on that later) and taking a short breather from the heat, I decided to give Naples a chance. Neither of the kids wanted to join me for a jaunt around town exploring (looking back, I wish I had saved my feet), so I headed out on my own and had an amazing sunset.

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All I can say is that sometimes, first impressions are right! I hated Naples! Yes, I said it...HATED IT. I'm sorry if you live there or if you love the city for some reason....I promise not to hold it against you personally...I just didn't like it at all.

I wandered around getting totally lost (seems a theme for the Italy trip in general). I was nervous the entire time. I imagined getting pulled into one of the creepy, dirty alley/roads and being held at knife-point and my life threatened to give up all my money. I imagined being bashed over the head and left for dead for someone to find me the next morning...yep! It really was that bad!

After finally determining that I had given the city my best try (this consisted of walking around for about two hours), I gave up and found the nearest Taxi to take me back to my hostel. Now that is another story.....

I would label my taxi ride as 'the worst possible, hair-raising, white knuckles gripping, eyes wide" experience of my life. It was better (or worse) than the most gravity defying roller coaster that I have ever ridden! Driving through an alley/road that was obviously made many years ago for a horse drawn buggy (if that would even fit), at aprox 50kph. There was barley enough room for the car to even get through....then on top of that, the driver swerved around people (almost skinning them with the mirror), past parked cars (I still dont know how he did this), past old folks walking with canes, little children playing ball and around fruit stands....all without one minor incident (except me nearly pissing myself).. I think I finally breathed when the driver finally pulled up to my place and stopped. Whew....even Vietnam wasn't that bad with all the moto-bikes and such!

Now....back to the boring stuff.

Pompeii was actually quite interesting. It was quite well preserved in some places and it was much larger than I had imagined. It was full of photo opportunity and also stray dogs. Yep, stray dogs...they were everywhere. Other than looking a little emaciated, they looked pretty harmless. They just lounged around and walked like they owned the place.
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Overall, I would say that Pompeii could be a miss if you were traveling on a tight schedule and if you go I would certainly recommend that you day-trip from somewhere other than Naples!

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Ciao

Posted by Khandilee 13:49 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

Leaving for Napoli

Who's idea was it to leave so late in the day?

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We booked our train tickets several days ago and decided to leave around 2pm. We were not thinking about the fact that it's about 90 degrees F at that time of day. So, it's nearly 8am and we are packed and ready to go....but have several hours to wait. Not sure what we are going to do while waiting for our train?

Will update more later.....

Posted by Khandilee 22:42 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (3)

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