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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Today was our first port on the cruise in Dubrovnik, Croatia. 2 days earlier we boarded in Civitavecchia, Italy about an hour train ride from Rome. 9 euro for the ride, a great deal. Right on schedule J got her European cold when we boarded the board and spent her sea day in bed trying to shake it. The ship …

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The best thing about the Vatican was we didnt wait in line…

So today was Vatican day.  I stalked the internet site of the vatican museum so that as soon as tickets were available for the day I wanted I would be able to scoop them up.  And I got close.  The day we planned our visit I got 10am tickets.  The best I could have done was 9am. And Holy shit. …

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Olden times had a lot of pots…

Through thunderstorms and downpours we walked and taxied our way to the giant park that used to belong entirely to the villa Borghese estate. It was nice to be a ways from all the people and cars. However we couldnt get tickets to enter the Borghese gallery. It was sold out for the next several days and for the day …

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Crossing the Tiber on the Ponte Sant Angelo…

Another day with a fair amount of walking. K got some weird spasm in my left thigh that made all the walking and stairs today a bit of a hassle, but other than that we did pretty well.Today started with a plan to head to Castel Sant Angelo up near the Vatican. I was particularly looking forward to the Ponte …

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Roma

Our first day in Rome was a lovely, warm day, about 80 degrees and blue skies. We walked the city all day and here is what we saw: Colosseum – we started here in the morning and the line was 3 hours to get in, as expected, tons of people so we moved on to 2 churches. The first was …

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Lucerne, Switzerland

We ended our trip in Switzerland with one last day trip to Lucerne. On paper, J had not found the city to be a high priority for a visit and had decided to cut it from the places with hotel stays. This was my biggest regret. The sheer beauty of the contrast between being on this massive lake and the …

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Neuchatel, Switzerland

For our second day in Bern we took a day trip to Neuchatel, set on a large lake and near the French border it was a beautiful city. In Basel and Bern the predominant language spoken to us at sites and resturants was German. In Neuchatel we flipped back to French. Our first stop was, you guessed it, an art …

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The Bear City

After our stay in Basel we went to via train for two nights. The weather continues to be blue skies and we enjoyed the very walkable old town. On our first day we visited the Kunstmuseaum Bern for their important collection of European painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Manet, Cezanne, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Van Gogh. We enjoyed the Bundesterrasse- a …

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Rouen Cathedral – Monet’s muse…

I think I remember reading somewhere that Monet wasn’t trying to paint the cathedral, but instead the air around it.  Or something to that effect.  Sounds like the definition of a condo and owning the paint in it. Anywho weve seen a fair number of these paintings.  The muse is on top.  Various versions we’ve seen.  Will add as I …

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Basel, Basil, Bazel, Baysel, will we ever get it right?

Tuesday we got up early and took a 45 min. Flight to Basel, Switzerland where we stayed 2 nights in the most spacious and lovely Motel One Hotel, funny name I know, but such a lovely modern and big room, especially in contrast to out heavily floral draped shoebox in Paris. We had a lovely 2 days in the city …