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Category: 2016: Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome

January 2016 trip to Italy.

Home: Final Thoughts

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[Most of this was written during our layover in London on Saturday. It’s now 4:40am on Sunday, January 10. I’ve gotten a total of about 7 hours of sleep between the plane and last night. I woke up at 2:30am and by 3:30 it was clear I wasn’t going back to sleep so got up […]

Day 8: Rome, Part 3

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It’s 1pm Saturday London time. Dan and I are having lunch in the British Airways lounge. He’s playing a video game on his iPad that he’s been obsessed with since Christmas. We have complimentary 15 minute massages scheduled for 1:40pm. (Him = scalp, me = neck and shoulders.) Traveling with Dan has its perks. I […]

Day 7: Rome, Part 2

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I got up about 6:30am; Dan about an hour later. He woke up with that tell-tale scratch in the back of his throat. Bummer. He felt worse as the day went on – mostly tired – but it didn’t turn into the full blown congestion, etc., that I had. So we’re hoping it won’t. We managed to […]

Day 6: Florence to Rome

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We slept until the alarm went off…the first snooze, actually, which was 6:40am. That clocked me in at about 7.5 hours, Dan at about 6. Pretty good. And my cold is just about gone so happy about that. We had breakfast in the restaurant instead of the lounge; about the same, a few more choices. […]

Day 5: Florence

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Dan finally caught up on sleep, getting about 9 hours. I did OK at 6, although they weren’t very restful. The cold is moving on slowly and I still get tired easily, but doesn’t necessarily translate into rest with the sneezing, etc. That didn’t keep us from having the fullest day yet, leaving the hotel at […]

Day 4: Venice to Florence

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I slept on and off for about 6 hours, Dan only slept 2 or 3. I was up around 5am, did some work until 6:30 or so when we got dressed, finished packing and headed down for breakfast around 7. We caught a boat at 8:15 to the train station, and had about a 40 […]

Day 3: Venice

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Since we are supposed to be on vacation, we’re not setting the alarm unless we absolutely have to be somewhere. That resulted in not getting up until 8:30am, a later start than we anticipated. And my body finally caved in to the cold it had been holding off for a couple of days but there […]

Day 2: Milan to Venice; The Last Supper

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Dan did not sleep well at all last night. But he’s sleeping now (it’s 11:17pm local time as I start this) so that’s a good thing. Hopefully he’ll catch up. I finished posting the rest of yesterday’s pictures to yesterday’s blog since we’ve got no internet problems today. Our room In Venice has it hardwired […]

Day 1: Milan

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We were still awake last night when midnight struck and got to see lots of fireworks from our 6th floor hotel window. Fireworks were being lit from the tops of many buildings and it was quite a show. And a little noisy. And lasted a fair amount of time, maybe 15 minutes. After we went […]

Departure: Sacramento to Milan

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A pretty typical travel day with no curve balls thrown. Grateful for that. And I’m always amazed once we get to that first destination – in this case a Hilton hotel in Milan – how long the day actually is. It hit me when I realized I was wearing the same clothes I wore to […]