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Catch up on last 2 days

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We are home again on Gabriola after a wonderful, interesting holiday. On our last day in London, Neil and I went to Neal's Yard, an exclusive cheese shop, to buy some cheese to take home. We were restricted to buying 30 day old cheese because of import restrictions here in Canada. We tasted a number of cheeses and chose 3 different kinds. We then walked into the Borough Market next door and bought some French cheese as well. Neil went home to Beckenham on the train and I carried on using the bus to go to the Tate Britain Gallery to see the PreRaphaelites exibition there. I saw paintings there that I had seen in books all my life and it was a thrill to see them hanging on the walls. Some of you may know the painting of Ophelia by John Everett Millais. One of my favourites in the galleries was The Beloved by Dante Gabriel Rosetti. If you are interested in seeing some of the famous paintings by the Pre Raphaelites, there are some web sites on the net that have quite a few images to view.
We got up at 5:00AM so that Kate could drive us to Heathrow before the rush hour started. Our plane didn't leave until 1 1/2 hours after we boarded because there was some delay in re-fuelling. Nevertheless, we had a pleasant flight (I watched 3 movies!) Our connecting flight for Nanaimo had already left by the time we got through customs so we were re-scheduled to take a later flight. Thank goodness flights between Vancouver and Nanaimo are frequent. The airport shuttle took us to the ferry and our friend, Connie, picked us up on Gabriola and drove us home. She even bought us some groceries to get us through the first couple of meals! Thank you for keeping up with our travels through the blog. I have enjoyed writing each day about our adventures.

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England, Day Ten

Hever Castle

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We had a relaxed start this morning to avoid the rush hour. Kate was going to take the dogs for a long walk in the neighbourhood and she suggested that she could take us most of the way to Hever Castle so as to avoid the long torturous route that the GPS might plan out for us. There were a lot a very narrow, windy roads and we marked up the rental car going through a particularly narrow section. Neil went to work on it as soon as we got back to Beckenham and got it looking all clean and shiney again. When we got to Hever Castle we were pleased to find that it was not crowded and that besides the castle there were acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. We paid for our tickets and I also rented one of those audio guide machines that give you the history of each room when you press the appropriate button. Hever castle was built before the time of Henry the VIII but it became famous because Anne Boleyn grew up there. He visited her at Hever a number of times and once Henry was married to her, Anne's father's fortunes increased immensely. Queen Elizabeth 1st grew up at Hever as she was Anne Bolyen's daughter and before she ascended the thrown was also confined at Hever Castle for some time. There are three levels at Hever and they are filled with priceless works of art and furniture. There were also original paintings of Queen Elizabeth 1st. The first was painted shortly after she had became queen and the second painting was painted when she was over 20th years older. One of the things that impressed me most was the book of The Hours which was Anne Boleyn's own prayer book. It was written in Latin and the art work was beautiful, and still bright and colourful. They even have wax replicas of Henry VIII and each one of his 7 wives. The Hever Castle was restored in the early 20th century by a very wealthy, Mr. Astor, who made many improvements and restored much of the old rooms. He also had a very large Italian garden where he had all his Italian and Roman artifacts placed. The Hever Castle also has two large water moats around it which I really liked because most moats have vanished from other castles. I was able to buy more Play Room figurines of knights and ladies at the gift shop. I have lost track of the number of figurines I've bought on this trip but they are all unique and not for sale in Canada. Tomorrow will be the last full day in London. We're going into the city on the train to buy some English cheese at Neil's Yard.

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England, Day Nine

Stone Henge, Silbury, and Avebury

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Today Neil and I got up at 6:00AM hoping to beat the rush and get out of the city in good time. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be. London is a crowded city and rush hour would test the patience of a saint. It took us about an hour and a half to get out of the city streets and onto a motorway. After that it was fairly straight forward except the time where we missed our exit and had to backtrack. Once we got there, Stone Henge did not disappoint. Everyone is given one of those radios on a lanyard and you can get information about the Stone Henge at different points around the circle. Very informative. It was cold and windy here and I was wishing that I had brought a pair of gloves. After this we went to explore Silbury Hill. It is a huge hill created by people over hundreds of years. Much of it is chalk. There were three different times in the last 3 hundred years that people excavated into the hill to see if there was anything buried in it. They were not successul. It just seems to be a huge hill. If you are curious about it, you can look it up on Google. There are some pictures of it there. Avebury is also a ring of stones but much larger than Stone Henge in scope. It is not as well preserved and the stones stand in what looks like a farmer's field. You can go right up to the stones and touch them, unlike Stone Henge where the circle is cordoned off. While looking at these stones we had to walk around the various sheep that are pastured there to keep down the grass and preserve the historic site. The weather today was cool and the clouds were hanging low to the ground - very moody sort of atmosphere for our explorations of the ancient landmarks. On our way back to Beckenham, Neil planned our route so that we wouldn't spend so much time driving in the city. Instead, we took the ring road around London and got back in considerably less time than it took us to travel south-east this morning. The GPS is great for getting us from point A to point B but it does not always take the most efficient route. When we got home, supper was just about ready. What a great welcome home!

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England, Day Eight

Oxford and Beckenham

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This morning we got up early and had our picnic breakfast in the hotel. We walked to the Park and Ride which is just around the corner from the hotel where we spent the night. Just as we were going to walk over there, the desk clerk from the hotel was showing another woman how to get to the Park and Ride. We walked over there together and ended up talking to her for the entire time until we all got off the bus in the centre of Oxford. Her father lives in the Toronto area and she had been to Canada a few times. She was in Oxford to audit a branch of a charitable organization for which she works. This organization helps people to navigate their way around government red tape and get the benefits and information to which they are entitled. She is originally from Jamaica and plans to go back there when she retires in a few years. As we were waiting for the bus our little group also got to talking with a woman who lives in the Oxford area and she told us where to get off the bus and how to get to our destinations. It felt like a really good start to the day. Once we got to Oxford we went to the Information Centre to get a map and figure out where we wanted to go. The first place we went was the Bodleian library. The old library was out of bounds but we were able to see a wonderful exhibit about the work of Charles Dickens at the new library. They even had original copies of the books he wrote. They all came out in small booklets so that even those who didn't have much money could afford to buy them. We then wandered around a bit and looked at some of the colleges. They all seem to be constructed in the shape of a quadrangle, much like Simon Fraser University where I got my first degree. And I thought the architecture of SFU was so modern! Oxford has a really good feel to it. There are lots of young men and women walking purposefully along the streets. One thing that we found out today, that we didn't know before, was that each college here is completely independent and grants it's own degrees. And I thought they were all part of the same university. We had a delicious panini lunch at a little restaurant in the covered market off one of the main streets. After investigating some more we decided to head back to the Park and Ride because we were going to come back to Beckenham today. The bus took us back and we drove off after emailing Kate to tell her we were on our way. The GPS didn't take us on the ring road that runs along outside of London, but took us through the city on various roads through residential neighbourhoods. It took forever! When we got home, Kate asked us which route we followed because if you go into the centre of the city you have to pay a fine. If you pay the fine on-line the same day, it only costs about $15.00Cdn. but if you let them notify you it costs mega! We got out the maps and figured out that the GPS had skirted the city centre and we were in the clear. Glad to be back in the land of home cooking. Robert made delicious veggie soup tonight. Tomorrow we are off early to Stone Henge.

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England, Day Seven

Warwick Castle and Stow-on-the-Wold

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Due to lack of WiFi for the last couple of days, I am posting 2 entries today. On our way from York to Oxford yesterday, we stopped at Warwick Castle and Stow-on-the-Wold. Warwick Castle has been there for many hundreds of years and houses some priceless artifacts and paintings. We were lucky that we happened to be on the second floor when the free tour was beginning. At the beginning of our holiday I was reading a book by Phillipa Gregory about the family that owned Warwick Castle during the Wars of the Roses. So it was really interesting for me to see the Castle again with a bit of history under my belt this time. I had been to Warwick Castle with Eryn in 1997 and knew nothing of the history. They have really restored a lot more of the castle and expanded programs in the last 15 years. After this we found our way to Stow-on-the-Wold thanks to that trusty GPS! The village is in the Cotswolds, a kind of vacation land for the British. We saw lots of trailers being hauled around. The town itself is made up of buildings that are made of the yellow Cotswold stone whether they are centuries old or brand new. In the middle of the town square there was a market set up selling all sorts of Italian foods - cheese, pizza, olives, olive oils, etc. We arrived in Oxford near supper time and went to the local Tesco food market for dinner makings. All this staying in hotels and eating out has been eating into the money supply. We've decided to save wherever possible and picnic our way through the meals. We will also be going back to Beckenham soon and doing day trips from there in the south of the country instead of staying in hotels. It seems that the hotels we like are beyond our means and the hotels we can afford are not up to our standards,eg.no WiFi etc.

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England, Day Six

York

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This morning we got up at 7:00AM and had a picnic breakfast in our hotel room. We drove to the local Park and Ride and took the bus into York. This saved us lots of time and money trying to park in the city. The people here are so friendly. While I was looking at a city map at the Park and Ride, a man came over to me and gave me a brochure of the city and asked me where I wanted to go. When I told him, he marked it on the brochure map and gave me instructions on how to get there. This happened to us a couple of times later in the day as well. The first place we went to was the Railway Museum. We spent a good 3 hours there looking at all the old trains and locomotives they have there. They have the train that was used in the Harry Potter movies there as well. Neil has a real interest in trains and enjoyed looking at them all and taking lots of pictures. After this we wandered into the old part of town and walked along the narrow old streets and just enjoyed being there in the sunshine. There were lots of people on the streets everywhere because it is Saturday. Neil and I took lots of pictures of the narrow crooked streets with the buildings leaning this way and that. I went to the Viking museum as Neil relaxed at Starbucks with a latte. Learned lots about how the Vikings lived here before the year 1000AD. They unearthed an old settlement right in the downtown area and had artifacts from it in the museum there. We also saw a coach with 2 white horses, near the cathedral, carrying a bride and groom. They got out near where we were standing so I got a good look at them. The bride was wearing a beautiful strapless dress of garnet red with sparkles on the bodice and the bridesmaids were in gold dresses. The groom was in standard issue tux. A good day.

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England, Day Five

Chester

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Neil and I got up early this morning and had a picnic breakfast, at 7:30AM, in our room. We then drove to the Park and Ride for Chester and took the bus to the city centre. The old town was originally established by the Romans in the first century BCE. It is completely surrounded by a large wall and is the only town in England where the wall is completely preserved. Neil and I walked about a quarter of the way around the wall and saw the remains of both the Roman coliseum and another building that housed the baths, gym and games rooms. The bridge that spans the River Dee, which flows by Chester, near the university, connects it to Wales on the other side. This garrison city was established to ward off the barbarians from Wales. Another great feature of this walled city is the great number of half-timbered houses, which were built in the 1500 and 1600's. There are even a few buildings that date back to the 1200's. Neil and I bought a few souvenirs for ourselves and folks at home. I am finding that shopping while travelling is the best way to increase my collection of figurines for the Play Room. We took the bus back to the Park and Ride and made our way over to York. This was a long journey as we ran into Rush Hour in all the cities we passed on the way here. The GPS kept readjusting the ETA as we crawled along the motorway. Thank goodness for the Service Centres along the way where we could use the facilities and get a cup of coffee to keep us alert. All in all, I think it took us about 3 hours to make the journey. We guessed that we had spent about 90 minutes stuck in traffic. The hotel where we are staying has an in-house restaurant that serves decent food. Neil had lasagna and I had chicken curry and a glass of the house white; a satisfying meal.

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England Day Four

Preston and Childer Thornton

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This morning Neil and I got up and went down for breakfast at 7:00AM. Neil was anxious to get on the road for Preston where we had an appointment with the designer and builder of the Razor 3-wheel car. He had a prototype there for us to see but he doesn't build the car. It comes as a kit that you assemble yourself. You also have to provide the motorcycle engine the power the thing. We were there for more than 2 hours talking with David, the designer, and he even took Neil for a test drive in it. Neil seemed a bit shaken up after his ride and told me that he'd been blown away by the incredible speed that it could go in no time flat. I know there's a technical term for that but I can't put my finger on it at this moment. The car was very sleek and comfortable to sit in. Very aerodynamic. David was very friendly and answered all of our questions. He has been designing and manufacturing cars for 30 years. He is still tweaking the details of the Razor so it's really still in development even though there are a few of them on the road in England now. After this we took a drive to Southport and had a picnic lunch,at the very windy beach, in the car. Due to lack of sleep last night, we both needed a bit of a nap as well. I was awake for about 4 hours last night. I think it might have been something I ate. After our nap we got back onto the road and came here to Childer Thornton, a small place just down the road from Liverpool. Very nice, clean and reasonably priced motel. Last night's hotel left a lot to be desired, room size and comfy bed being the most glaring deficiencies. The staff here at the Premier Inn have been very friendly and helpful. The woman at the desk even printed out 4 pages of information about Chester for us when she found out we were planning on going there to walk through the ancient Roman ruins tomorrow.

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England, Day Three

Chester

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Neil went with Kate this morning to pick up the rental car. He was not pleased with the colour! It is a shade of purple. But it is very comfortable and we were able to fit our suitcases in after we folded down the back seat. It is small! With the help of the GPS we made our way northwards to Chester. Tomorrow we will go to Preston where we will find the Razor factory. The Razor is a small, 3 wheeled car that has captured Neil's imagination. You can assemble the car yourself as it comes in a kit. If you are curious about it, Google Razor and you will find lots of pictures of it. The reason we came this far north is to see and touch the Razor. Neil has been looking at those pictures on-line for months! The GPS has been very useful and has not led us astray. The one problem we experienced was when the turn off, for the street where our hotel is situated, was blocked due to construction! This led to some blue air in the car and some dead ends until we saw a sign that indicated an alternate route to City Street. We are staying the Westminster Hotel which was built in 1881. It is now run by Best Western. This is bar none the tiniest hotel room in which I have ever stayed! Barely enough room for the bed and a desk. It is clean and smells good and we do have a window that opens. It is in the centre of the city and close to the historic sites. The WiFi is free and accessible from our room. Thank goodness for small mercies. (I had to trot down to the lobby in our hotel in Montecatini every night to post my blog.) We had a satisfying and very reasonably priced meal at the pub next door and that included beer for Neil and wine for me for 10.00 pounds. That's about $15.00Cdn. Our hotel room price includes a buffet breakfast in the morning. Along the major highways here in England they have rest stops that include a gas station and a number of other stores in a kind of mini mall. They also have free WiFi in these places and I was able to book our hotel room as we were on route. We had no idea how long it would take us to get to Chester and so when it looked as if we were going to make it here, we booked our hotel. What would we do without our technology??? Neil and I would be lost without the GPS. That I know for sure because I find it impossible to read a map while the car is moving - motion sickness!

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London, Day Two in England

Rest Day/Found My Glasses in Bottom of My Backpack!!!

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This morning we slept in until about 8:30AM! Had porridge for breakfast and did some more laundry. Read for a little bit. Neil and I went to the bank here and got some cash for our trip. We also went to the High Street and bought a shoe horn for Neil. He's really been missing his super long shoe horn that he uses at home. It was a really blustery, sunny, leaf swirling day in Beckenham and we enjoyed our walk to the centre of town. This afternoon we had naps and caught up on emails, banking etc. Roxanne, Kate and Robert's daughter, came for dinner from London and we had a good time talking with her about what's been going on in her life. She has been invited to a friend's wedding in Kelowna next June and is looking forward to showing Canada to her boyfriend, Jamie. He enjoys fishing and Neil is looking forward to taking him out around Gabriola in the boat. Tomorrow morning we pick up the rental car at 8:00AM and then we'll decide where we want to go first on our English exploration tour.

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Assisi, Rome, London

Last Day of the Tour and First Day Back in England

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I'm writing this in Kate's living room as we did not have WiFi in the hotel that we stayed in last night. On Sunday, we had to have our suitcases outside our doors at 7:30AM. I set the alarm for 6:00AM but turned off the computer after I had read my story before bed. As a result we had to scramble to get packed when we woke up at 7:00AM. Well, we got it done but in the rush, I misplaced my reading glasses and they were nowhere to be found when we got to our room in the hotel in Rome. I have fired off an email to the hotel hoping that the chamber maid was able to find them. Our day went well. We left at 8:30AM and went to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. They have some beautiful churches there and an ancient village built on the hillside. One of the churches is build on top of the burial place of St.Francis. During the earthquake that they had there a few years ago, 4 people died as pieces of the church ceiling fell on them. That has all been repaired now. I was able to find more figurines for the Play Room. Those touristy shops are the best for figurines! I must confess that I have had my fill of churches for the moment. Our tour director, Heidi, did warn us at the beginning of the tour, that there were going to "be a lot of bloody churches" on the agenda. Most of the beautiful medieval art is in the churches and the architecture is amazing. After Assisi, we were on our way to Rome. We had a Farewell Dinner at one of the famous hotel restaurants on the Via Veneto and were treated to the typical, for the tour, 5 course meal. We were then driven to our hotel near the airport. It was a real shock to be back in modern architecture! The hotel was one of the Sheraton group and had a very sleek, bare bones look and feel to it; none of the warmth and old world charm of our hotel in Montecatini.
This morning we were up at 5:00AM to catch the shuttle to the airport. Then we had a 4 hour wait for our flight. It didn't seem tedious because we had to wait so long in line-ups to get our baggage inspected and go through passport inspection. We did take some time out to sit quietly and read from 7:00 to 8:00 AM because we were too early for check-in at the airline. Instead of trying to convert our Euros to Pounds we used the last bit of money to buy some Italian wine at the Duty Free. We aren't wine experts and hope that they will taste OK when we have them with dinner tonight. The flight was uneventful and Kate met us at Gatwyk and drove us to Beckenham. We had a wonderful time in Italy. I would highly recommend the tour company, Trafalgar, as they took such good care of us. Very organized, punctual, and caring. Our tour director, Heidi, was like a mother hen with her chicks. We have a list of all the email addresses of the people on the tour. I hope some of them will come and visit us on Gabriola in the coming years.

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Tuscany, Day Seven

Lucca

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When Neil and I woke up this morning we were both feeling under the weather so we decided to take it easy this morning and stay at the hotel instead of taking another trip into Florence. I think I have a sinus cold, my typical response to stress. So, Neil and I had a leisurely breakfast and went back to our room. We read for awhile and then had a lovely nap. Lunch was leftovers from yesterday's dinner. At 2:30PM we boarded the bus and went to Lucca. It is the only medieval city in Italy that still has its surrounding walls, unaltered from the Middle Ages. It is a lovely city with lots of churches, town squares and lots of small shops with everything from soup to nuts on offer. Neil and I decided to climb the tallest tower in the city to see the trees that were planted on top in the Middle Ages. Centuries ago, the local bishop told the nobleman who owned the tower not to build it any higher because it then would be taller than any of the church bell towers. In response this nobleman planted some tall trees right on top and it is, as a result, the tallest tower. The view from the top was panoramic and we took lots of pictures. We got slightly lost after that trying to find a shop that we had passed on the way in on our locally guided tour. Never did find it again. We eventually worked our way back to familiar territory and were able to find our way back to the bus. Once we got back to our hotel, Mary, one of the other women on the tour told us about a great pizza place on the main drag here in Montecatini. She said that the food was delicious and reasonably priced. Neil and I had pieces of 3 different kinds of pizza and a half litre of wine between us for 12 Euros - about $16.00. And they were delicious! Tomorrow we go back to Rome with a stop and tour of Assissi on the way. We have to have our suitcases outside our doors at 7:30AM so I will go now and pack.

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Tuscany Day Six

Florence

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This morning the bus took us to Florence. We had reservations at the museum housing Michelangelo's David and were able to pass in front of all the people in line once again. We had an excellent local guide named Suzanne today. She gave us lots of information about Michelangelo's life and works. The first things that you see when you enter the large hall are 4 large unfinished statues in blocks of marble. They look as if the men carved in them are imprisoned in the stone. The Italians call this group of unfinished sculptures The Prisoners. At the end of the large hall stands David. Suzanne assured us that the quality of the marble used to make this statue was definitely inferior to the stone used to carve The Prisoners. Poor David was left out in the elements for a few hundred years because the priest who had ordered the statue wouldn't put it in the church for which it was carved. Too naked. Michelangelo carved David when he was 26 years old. The detail in this statue is really amazing. Up close you can see that he has carved the raised veins in David's arms and neck. That statue is so lifelike! David is far enough away from the walls of the room that you can look at him from every angle. There were lots of comments by both our tour guide and the local guide about David's tush. After our museum visit we went to a local restaurant and were served a wonderful lunch with plenty of white and red wine. We then walked for a while to the main quality shopping street in Florence. The main products produced here in Florence are top quality leather goods and jewellery made of gold. The men mostly just went to have a drink at one of the local restaurants and the women went shopping! I was able to buy pair of silver earrings that were my style and I stopped there. Everything seems so expensive here because not only are the prices higher than at home but you have to add on at least 30 cents onto each dollar, eg. one Euro equals 1.30Cdn. We went back to our hotel in Montecatini and Neil and I went to the local grocery store to buy our dinner of BBQ chicken, bread, bananas, tomatoes, and chocolate cookies for dessert.

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Tuscany Day Five

Cinqueterre

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Today we were off on the bus at 7:30AM to go to Cinque Terre. We took a bus to the port of La Spezia and got on a boat. The boat took us along the coast in choppy water, to the 5 villages of Cinque Terre which are perched on the sides of mountains. Until recently they were relatively isolated and the only way to get to them was to walk or take a boat there. Now, of course, they have train service. These villages are made up of very skinny, tall buildings and narrow windy streets. They are painted in pastel colours and all have shutters. Our boat dropped off and picked up people at each small village while the surf crashed onto the rocks along the shore. It was amazing how the crew tied up the boat just the right distance from the rocks and the small concrete dock. People got on and off the bow of the boat via a metal gangway that swung and swayed as the boat was lurching back and forth in the action of the waves. Neil and I had positioned ourselves on a bench at the bow of the boat and watched with fascination as people went on and off the boat. No announcements about life jackets or what to do in case of emergency! Just lots of people on and off at each stop. We finally got off at the last and largest village, Monterosso. We ate a lovely lunch there and looked around the town. During our stay there, it started to pour buckets! The water was pouring down the streets in rivers. (sound familiar?) But this time we had our umbrellas! From Monterosso we went by train back to La Spezia and back to Montecatini on the bus. We had 20 minutes to change once we got back to the hotel because we were going for dinner at a local house. The dinner was delicious and wine was dry and went down easy. They don't put preservatives in the wine here and I find that I can drink a few glasses and not get woozy at all or drunk. The tour guide has been wonderful and gave me replacement batteries for my camera because the 4 batteries that I had brought were dead. The people that we have met have been really friendly. Heidi, our guide took all our email addresses today and is going to give the list to all of us before the tour ends.

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Tuscany, Day Four

Vinci and Pisa

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This morning we were off at 9:00AM to go to Vinci, the place where Leonardo da Vinci was born. We saw the museum that houses working models of many of his inventions. After this I went into the gift shop and bought some more figurines. We then got on the bus again and went to Pisa. Some blocks away from the Tower of Pisa, we got onto a little train that took us to the gate of the compound where the Leaning Tower of Pisa stands, or rather leans. Neil and I had a snack on the grass inside the walls of the compound and just enjoyed the view of the baptistry, the cathedral and the tower which was built as a bell tower for the cathedral. The weather was warmer and a mix of sun and cloud today. We didn't feel like going into the buildings so we had a relaxing walk around the compound and took lots of pictures of the tower and other buildings there. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get the tower to lean as much in my pictures as it was leaning in real life. Strange! Tonight we went to the top of the mountain behind Montecatini in a funicular railway. The view was spectacular. We dined on another wonderful dinner in the village at the top of the mountain.

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