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Rimini, Italy

Rimini, Italy

It took a couple of hours on the stupid hotel laptop but I now have a decent plan for the next week, which takes me up to the cruise, so I’m good for a couple ...
San Marino

San Marino

The hotel has a very friendly front desk manager and a perfectly good WiFi network, but for some inexplicable reason they would rather hand me their laptop to use than to give me access to ...
Bologna to Rimini, Italy

Bologna to Rimini, Italy

Fairly pissed off with the world today. It started off well enough, with a breakfast of very good raisin pastry and cappucino (2.20 euros total) at a cafe near the albergo, but went downhill from ...
Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

I suppose today is a day to contemplate two towers, those gone and those still (barely) standing. (What’s up with the Italians and leaning towers, anyhow?!) It’s been a long hot day, and this is ...
Torino to Bologna, Italy

Torino to Bologna, Italy

12:13 Torino Porta Nuova train station, waiting for the 11:55 to Bologna to depart. My compartment mate is a very friendly young Italian man who unfortunately only has 25 minutes in Bologna to catch his ...
Saluzzo – Crissolo, Italy

Saluzzo – Crissolo, Italy

Today didn’t work out as planned. The idea was to take a bus from Saluzzo to Paesana, then take another bus on up the valley to Crissolo. From there I was hoping to get some ...
Saluzzo, Italy

Saluzzo, Italy

I have just gorged myself on all kinds of goodness, and washed down with amazing wine. Not necessarily that the wine was amazing itself, but that it is sooooo good, and is still nothing special, ...
Nice to Saluzzo, Italy

Nice to Saluzzo, Italy

I got up “too late”, at 07:50, and nearly missed my 09:01 train from Nice. Got on just in time, but that was a 2km fast walk with my full pack. The train I wanted ...
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Took a day trip to Monaco (part of one day is all I can afford). During the course of having one glass of rose at the Cafe de Paris, outside the Casino de Monte Carlo, ...
Nice, France

Nice, France

OK, so apparently this is how it’s going to work, at least for now: when I feel like it I’ll type up the previous few days’ worth of blarney, and on nights like tonight when ...
Lyon, France

Lyon, France

Dropped Steve and the kids off at school, then drove up to Lyon. Walked around Vieux Lyon, Croix Rousse, and the center of the city. Nice breakfast pastry and coffee, and a good lunch of ...
St. Genis Laval (Lyon), France

St. Genis Laval (Lyon), France

Lazy day today. Up around 09:00, walked with Nicole and the kids up to the bio market and bakery, had a croissant and coffe at a cafe on the main square, home for pannenkoeken lunch, ...
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