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Milan

Milan dates back to 400BC.  Today Milan is the 2nd largest metropolitan city in Italy. The population of the city proper is 1.3 million, while its urban area with a population estimated to be about 5.5 million  is the 5th-largest in the EU. Milan is the main industrial and financial centre of Italy, it has the 3rd-largest […]

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Villa Borghese

Our schedule for today is very relaxed.  A nice stroll through the Borghese gardens towards the Spanish Steps and a bit of shopping.  The Borgheses were  a wool merchant family from  Sienna.  The head of the family, Marcantonio, moved to Rome in 1541 and this Sienese family rapidly gained access to the upper echelons of Roman […]

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Revisiting Rome

After the morning museum trip and an extensive siesta from the unyielding and relentless heat, we set out for a lap around Rome.  Last time we were here the Trevi Fountain was being renovated and cleaned, which apparently is done once every 50 years or so. There are over 2000 fountains in Rome but this one […]

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Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence name comes from a Roman consul, Sixties Calvinus, who gave his name to Aquae Sextiae, “the Baths of Sixties,” a site of thermal springs in 123BC. Aix-en-Provence has about 140,000 residents and is generally considered a university town.  There are great many sights to see here.  The Cours Mirabeau is a wide thoroughfare, planted with […]

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Pienza

Penza is a birthplace of Aeneas Salvias Piccolomini who later became Pople Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village of Corsignano rebuilt and renamed to become an ideal Renaissance town. The place was intended as a retreat from Rome, and it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts.  The humanist […]

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Timber Houses

Another one of predominant landmarks in Rouen are the timber houses.  The entire old town it seems is dotted with them.  Some in better shape than others, some looking like they were just built and some so skewed they look like they are falling over.  All of them however, absolutely charming and beautiful.  Most of these […]

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Summer in Denmark

The weather forecast has changed from sunny with a chance of showers to pouring rain with a chance of deluge.  It was essentially raining sideways for most of the afternoon. Despite our rain gear, by the time we walked from the Little Mermaid to the shops, we were absolutely soaked to the bone.  The only saving grace was […]

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Cafe Petersborg

Well, it started to rain, so instead of going to see the Little Mermaid statue we decided to take an early lunch.  Henrik suggested a great place that serves traditional open face Danish sandwiches, with just about anything you can imagine on them.  There is 40 thousand types of herring, from pickled to curried, eel, meatballs, chicken […]

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Getting Robbed

As tourists, we are usually very conscious of our surroundings.   There are places in Europe where you see the pick pocket warnings – mostly in larger cities around the main tourists sites.  Getting robbed is not something anyone wants to experience, getting robbed willingly is a different story all together.  This brings me up to Caffe […]

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Arezzo

Today we are spending the afternoon in the beautiful Arezzo.  Arezzo is very very old, it dates back, or portions of the city do, to 5th century BC.  It is a small city but the old town is quite large with at least 20 churches, some medieval, some Tuscan Ghotic and some even dating back […]

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Around Venice

Some 60,000 people live in  historical Venice, while Venice proper houses some 270,000 people.  Historical Venice is built on wooden piles which were driven into the seabed and unto which the foundations of the buildings were build on.  There are some 486 bridges in Venice we walked on 29 of them.  Everything here is different, […]

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Retail Break

It is a very short drive from Ljubljana to Treviso through a beautiful and winding mountain highway. We are taking a short break for a bit of shopping and an espresso at Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet.  While we only stopped to get some shoes for the kids, Evelina once again made off like a […]

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