Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 18

Jan. 29, 2016: Venice to Vienna Having packed our gear, we say arrivederla to the woman of the house, who kisses us each on both cheeks — that’s 4 kisses total, for those keeping score — and tells us (as we clearly understand even with our primitive grasp of Italian) that if we ever return,… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 18

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 17

  Jan. 28, 2016: Venice Yes, today’s destination is the fabled city of canals, Venezia. We walk to the train station in Musestre, stopping along the way to pick up some grub at a mom and pop shop. About halfway to the station, we realize that Kimberly has neglected to bring along the Eurail passes… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 17

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 16

  Jan. 27, 2016: Florence to Venice/ Musestre Our train to Venice doesn’t leave until this afternoon, so we have the morning to wander around Florence some more. We ask Giulio if it’s okay to leave our gear behind, and he says it’s fine — unlike our hostess in Rome, he doesn’t have someone else… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 16

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 15

Jan. 26, 2016: Naples to Florence Having passed the midpoint of our tour at approximately midnight last night, we get up early this morning and start packing for the next leg. The policeman is at home, and we communicate with him via the translator app on his phone (if you think WE finally had access… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 15

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 14

Jan. 25, 2016: Sorrento and Naples As it turns out,  this is a day to be played by ear. We’d originally entertained thoughts of visiting Herculaneum, another ancient city destroyed by Vesuvius. But for various reasons, we decide against it, and so it leaves us with a free day. My recommendation is that we hop… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 14

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 13

Jan. 24, 2016: Pompeii This morning, having recovered from our bumpy-bed, goosebump temperature night, we proceed to the station and hop on a train to Pompei, a modern city that’s a short walk away from the ruined ancient city with the confusingly similar name: Pompeii. En route, we pass the first campground we’ve seen in… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 13

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 12

Jan. 23, 2016: Rome to Naples/ Torre del Greco This morning at about 9:00 as we’re getting our things together at a leisurely pace, “Helena” knocks on our door and asks if we’re about ready to leave, as she has another guest arriving in 45 minutes and needs to get the room ready. This lady… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 12

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 11

Jan. 22, 2016: Rome/ Vatican City Today’s destination is the Vatican, which though smack dab in the middle of Rome, is officially both a city of its own and a country of its own. We take a bus this time, a bus so inhumanly jammed with passengers that there’s no way we can squeeze in… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 11

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 10

Jan. 21. 2016: Rome Today’s destination is the Roman Forum. But we have to walk a couple of miles to get there, and we have plenty of occasion to take in the splendor of The Eternal City. One thing we are amazed by is the way ancient ruins are casually interspersed among bustling contemporary buildings,… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 10

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 8

Jan. 19, 2016: Cinque Terra and Pisa Cinque Terra (“five lands”) is a group of five somewhat isolated mountainous villages on the coast of Italy. Their history dates back about 1000 years. They’re a UNESCO World Heritage site. And they’re only about an hour’s train ride from Pisa. So we set off to the station… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 8

Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 7

Jan. 18, 2016: Marseille to Pisa Off at 7:00 this morning, after saying goodbye to our host, Simon. It’s about an hour later than when we rolled into town yesterday, but it still isn’t daylight yet. As we make our way through the narrow streets and alleys toward a (different) train station, we pass merchants… Read More Dennis and Kimberly’s Excellent and Epic European Adventure, Day 7