Monthly Archives: August 2016

Walking, Day Four: To San Quirico d’Orcia

Having taken one day off, we couldn’t in good conscience not walk on Tuesday.  But, the day’s walk began about 10 kilometers away from Montalcino in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, which required a taxi ride to Osteria Bassomondo where the walk began. … Continue reading

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Earthquake Relief

We had been wondering if there was any way we could contribute to earthquake relief when we saw these posters plastered around Montalcino.  The community was collecting particular items for the victims of the earthquake and they were hosting a … Continue reading

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Walking, Day Three: We Didn’t

One of the nice things about being a person of a certain age is knowing that one doesn’t always have to do everything according to some master plan.  As we were slogging our way up the final approach to the … Continue reading

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Walking, Day Two: The Forced March

After two nights in the embrace of Podere Caprili, we didn’t want to leave.  But, given that our next night’s lodging was in Montalcino, we didn’t have much choice in the matter.  The route description for day 2 reads: From … Continue reading

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Walking, Day One: Beginnings

Breakfast turned out to be just as delightful an experience as dinner minus the wine.  Although each of us would have been happy to spend the day at Podere Caprili, we decided that we really ought to spend some time … Continue reading

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Italian Escapades

Part of the inspiration of this trip is the fun that we have had spending time with our friends Paul and Cindy who are from Seattle.  We have shared several escapades with them in the states and we thought it … Continue reading

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Pisa Patterns

One of the things I noticed while we wandered around Pisa were all of the patterns that appeared both in nature and in man made objects. We took a private three-hour tour on Thursday afternoon with the lovely Martina and, … Continue reading

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  We arrived in Pisa mid-day Tuesday, August 23.  Our flights over were good but we didn’t sleep much even in our luxurious seats.  Our flight left Seattle at 1:30 p.m. instead of our usual 7 p.m. departure and we … Continue reading

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