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High Line

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail. It was created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan. The High Line is a public park maintained and operated by the Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of […]

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park is a beloved, year-round New York City destination. Known as Manhattan’s Town Square, the park is famous for its lush seasonal gardens, free activities and al fresco dining. Located adjacent to the New York Public Library and surrounded by iconic skyscrapers, Bryant Park is visited by more than 12 million people each year and […]

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The 4th of July

While there might have been better places on the ground to watch the fireworks for the 4th of July we decided to stay on the top of the Rockefeller building.  After enjoying the views we stuck out for the fireworks.  Macy’s fireworks this year were the biggest since year 2000.  They were fired from 5 […]

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Flatiron Building

The distinctive triangular shape of the Flatiron Building, designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, allowed it to fill the wedge-shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The building was intended to serve as offices for the George A. Fuller Company, a major Chicago contracting firm. At 22 […]

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The MET

I think we are all very excited about this one.  We have seen some great museums and some amazing artifacts on our travels so it is hard to imagine what The MET can offer that the French or the British have not gotten to ‘acquiring’ first. [br] [br]

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To Brooklyn

The premise for the day is – how far can we get in a 47C heat without collapsing.  Apparently there is a Shake Shack on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge so that is the reward and motivation for enduring this unusually debilitating heat – we march forward. [br] [br]

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Times Square

As bad as this sounds – it had to get checked off the to do list.  It turns out – everyone other tourist in New York was also there with the same idea as us.  This must be the equivalent of the Spanish Steps in Rome, it even looks similar. [br] [br]

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New York

This is our first family trip to the Big Apple.  It’s blistering hot –  37C and humid.  We are going to take it easy today and ease ourselves into this holiday.  Lot’s of walking, lot’s of shopping and even more people. [br]   [br]

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Paris in the Morning

Packing done, breakfast done, car ordered – nothing more to do but to spent the last hour aimlessly walking around the little island we stayed on in the centre of Paris.  What a treat this place was and our gracious host Carol always had a story to tell.  Great time.  These photos are from the […]

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Rewarded at last

All hellish travel has its rewards.  Today – we forgot about the airplanes, lineups and sleepless nights, and were rewarded with a spectacularly gorgeous day – we couldn’t ask for more.   [br] [br]

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Finally in Paris

What a gong show this journey was.  Long story short British Airways cancelled the flight after an issue with the engine – so we got stuck in Seattle.  We were booked to go through Houston, then London but by the time the reservation was confirmed, printing issues, we were too late to go through security. […]

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Morning Fog

Finally we got to see some fog in the morning, covering the Tuscan hills.  We did not get up at the crack of dawn to see the sunrise because – we ate and drunk far too much last night.  Still, though, this was a great view, right here from Sant’Anna. SaveSave

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Pizza Class

There are a few things that are easier to make than pizza.  Apparently, things which appear simple are quite complex if you break them down.  Long story short – I have been doing every aspect of the pizza making, right down to holding the dough all wrong, absolutely every single part, all wrong.  This was […]

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Tuscan Splendour

On the way back to Sant’Anna in Camprena from Montalcino we stopped a few times to take in the magnificent vistas and enjoy the serenity of this spectacular landscape. This truly is a wonderful place and the pictures simply don’t do its justice.

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Montalcino for Lunch

There appears to be about a thousand wine shops in this village.  There are places where you can sample over 100 wines in a single wine store.  It’s bonkers!  However, our search is for some food, because it has been at least 3 hours since our last meal, and to find another gelato place, because […]

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Paggio Dell’Aquila

Promptly after breakfast today we drove out to a small family run winery nestled just below the quaint town of Montalcino.  This place produces only 18,000 bottles of wine one Rosso and one Brunello, (read no cheap and pricey)  The local oenologist, Maria, who is Spanish, gave us a great tour and a great wine […]

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Florence in a Day

I think this is our 3rd or 4th time in Florence and finally we know the place enough to  not get lost 4 times trying to walk 100m in a straight line.  Once again we visited the Uffizi and the Academia for the first time.  The cathedral is still there and just as magnificent as […]

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