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2005-My Grand European Adeventure

After 12 long years, I finally returned to Europe – May 3-27, 2005.  I wrote this site as a photo journal of my grand adventure.  It’s also a way to express my thoughts and feelings about my experiences while on this trip. 
This report is not intended to be a trip report containing specific details on the meals that I ate, hotel/restaurant reviews or detailed historical facts.  There are many more experienced travelers out there who can provide that information for you.  
I will, however, include some general information on the hotels that I stayed in, the cities that I visited and the interesting sights that I saw. 
If you are looking for detailed information I will provide helpful links on my Resources pages for helpful websites that I found while planning for this trip. Maybe they will be of help to you in planning yours.

I do hope that you read on and enjoy hearing about my experiences.  I certainly enjoyed writing about them.  

The first half of my trip was with a group tour.  We went from London – Paris – Lucerne – Venice – Florence – Rome.  We had a really fun group (37 in total).
After our group tour we left Rome and went on an independent stay in Italy.  I absolutely adore Italy – for their art, culture, food, history, architecture and people.  We stayed in Siena for four days and three days in a small old world fishing town called Vernazza.   
A little more about the two towns we decided to spend our extra days in:  Siena, a small medieval town located in Tuscany.  It is famous for their annual Palio Horse Races and a grand piazza called IL Campo.  The second town is called Vernazza.  It is one of five fishing villages that is located in an area called Cinque Terre or the “Five Villages.”  They are famous for their wonderful hiking trails, the most popular of which is Via dell’ Amore.  Although Vernazza is a small town, it is packed with day trippers who were inspired to come here by the ever popular Rick Steves.  By night fall the crowds usually thin out and the town quiets down. 
Please click on link to pages in my report . . .
  • London, England – Arrival

    July 19, 2010, 14:19

      Depart USA Overnight Flight from LAX to London Bristish Airways LAX – LHR (Non-Stop) Estimated Travel Time: 9 hours 50 minutes &n…

  • London, England – Day 2

    July 19, 2010, 14:19

      London Day 2-3:  At Leisure St. Paul’s Cathedral Millennium Bridge Parliament/Big Ben/Westminster Abbey Buck…

  • London to Paris

    July 19, 2010, 14:20

    Day 4, London to Paris Leave London in the early morning and head to the Channel port. Board Ferry for the Continent – Pass…

  • Paris – Day 2

    July 19, 2010, 14:22

     Day 5 – Paris Full Day  Notre Dame with Local City Guide Bus Views with Local City Guide:  Eiffel Tower (10 minute Photo opp…

  • Paris to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

    July 19, 2010, 14:23

    Day 6 – Paris to Lake Lucerne, Switzerland  Leave Paris Cross the Border into Switzerland Hotel is in Fluelen      &…

  • Lucerne, Switzerland – Day 2

    July 18, 2010, 17:00

    Day 7 – Lucerne Covered Wooden Bridge Ornate Patrician houses Lion Monument – a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis…

  • Lugano, Switzerland

    July 19, 2010, 14:24

      Day 8 – Lugano, Switzerland   We stop in Lugano, Switzerland on the way to Venice, Italy Our last chance to use our left over Swiss…

  • Verano, Italy

    July 19, 2010, 14:25

      Day 8 – Verano, Italy We continue on from Lugano and cross border into Italy We stop at a typical Auto Grill Verano, Italy to see the famous…

  • Venice, Italy

    July 19, 2010, 14:26

    Day 9 – Venice, Italy We arrive at our Hotel which is located outside of Venice.  Our TD arranges dinner for us with the hotel.  …

  • Pisa and Florence

    July 19, 2010, 14:26

    Day 10 – Pisa and Florence, Italy We leave Venice and head to Florence Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and Square of Miracles. We arrive in…

  • Florence to Rome

    July 19, 2010, 14:27

    Day 11 – Florence to Rome Duomo Views of “Fake David” Ponte Vecchio Shopping for Gold While You Were…

  • Rome Day 1

    July 19, 2010, 14:27

    Day 13 – Rome Collesium St. Peter’s Basilica Touching History   Today is the final day of our group tour and it will be…

  • Rome Day 2

    July 19, 2010, 14:27

    Day 12 – Rome, Italy Included sightseeing with local guide Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum No Time For Good-Byes   We…

  • Rome to Siena

    July 19, 2010, 14:28

    Day 14 – Rome to Siena Head from Rome to Siena Tuscany (by Train) Hotel Cannon d’Oro  IL Campo It’s A…

  • Siena

    July 19, 2010, 14:28

    Day 15 – Siena   Climb up IL Mangie Tower Visit Duomo Visit St. Catherine’s Church Attend a Benefit Classical Concert   “It’s…

  • San Gimignano

    July 19, 2010, 14:29

    Day 16 – San Gimignano Take the bus to San G. Torre Grossa “Italian Manhattan”  We take the bus to go to the small town of San…

  • Chianti Loop

    July 19, 2010, 14:30

    Day 17 – Chianti Loop Castellina in Chianti Agriturismo (Italian Farm/Villas/Hotel)  It’s a SMART Idea     …

  • Siena to Cinque Terre

    July 19, 2010, 14:30

    Day 18 – Siena to Cinque Terre    You Take My Breath Away Today, we left the wonderful city of Siena and head east towards the Coastal Community…

  • Hiking the Cinque Terre Day 1

    July 19, 2010, 14:31

    Day 19 – Hiking Day One – Vernazza to Monterosso Hiking Amore     For the next couple of days we will hike the trails of CT.  On the…

  • Hiking the Cinque Terre Day 2

    July 19, 2010, 14:50

    Day 20 – Cinque Terre Hiking Day 2 “The Cool Waters of the Mediterranean” Today, we wake up pretty early and start our hike to avoid the…

  • Rome

    July 19, 2010, 15:14

    Day 21-23 – Rome   “Roman Holiday” For the next three days, we will visit some of the sights that we did not see on our last…

  • Pompeii

    July 19, 2010, 15:35

    Day 24 – Pompeii     “Old Meets New”   We struggled with the decision on whether to spend our last day in Rome…

  • Time to Say Good-Bye

    July 19, 2010, 15:47

    Today, we wake up at 4:00 a.m. Our taxi will pick us up at 5:00 a.m. to head to Fiumicino Airport where we will catch a British







Running, cycling and hiking gives me that rush! Music energizes and soothes my soul! Photography preserves my memories and tells my stories! Art provides beauty and fuels my imagination! History gives me knowledge, a deeper understanding for the present and hope for the future! Family & Friends warms my heart! And Travel . . . well Travel keeps me HAPPY!

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - - by Mark Twain


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