Italy

Prior to the start of our Road Trip and to practice retirement we went to Italy for five plus weeks.

Kim in Milan, twirling 3 times on the famous bull balls for good luck.

Kim in Milan, twirling 3 times on the famous bull balls for good luck.

milan

Milan

Milan

Bob's first attempt at ordering "two house reds".  We quickly learned the phrase " Due La Casa Rosso"

Bob’s first attempt at ordering “two house reds”. We quickly learned the phrase ” Due La Casa Rosso”

go sioux

Go Sioux

Go Sioux

Up so high!  like a princess in the sky

Up so high! like a princess in the sky

Our first festival, in San Bernardino

Our first festival, in San Bernardino

A visit from the Moe family.  Hiking from Riomaggiore to Manarola through the hilly vineyards.  Tough but rewarding.

A visit from the Moe family. Hiking from Riomaggiore to Manarola through the hilly vineyards. Tough but rewarding.

an alley is Vernazza, Italy.  One of our favorite places to be

an alley is Vernazza, Italy. One of our favorite places to be

Vernazza

Vernazza

our favorite place, del Capitano, Vernazza

our favorite place, del Capitano, Vernazza

view from our home base in San Bernardino.  Thwe little stone building has actually been turned into a B&B.  Met some fun girls from New Zealand who were staying there

view from our home base in San Bernardino. Thwe little stone building has actually been turned into a B&B. Met some fun girls from New Zealand who were staying there

view from our room

view from our room

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a walk in the clouds

a walk in the clouds

a walk in the clouds

a walk in the clouds

monterosso

happy hiker

happy hiker

happy drinker

happy drinker

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watching them process the grapes for a small winery in Monterosso.

watching them process the grapes for a small winery in Monterosso.

view from our balcony

view from our balcony

bathroom in the train station.  These women have strong leg muscles from all the squatting

bathroom in the train station. These women have strong leg muscles from all the squatting

You get the drift.  this was a delivery truck, and about the average size truck we saw.

You get the drift. this was a delivery truck, and about the average size truck we saw.

watching them process the grapes for a small winery in Monterosso.

watching them process the grapes for a small winery in Monterosso.

interesting pizza here.  Bob had an egg on his pizza.

interesting pizza here. Bob had an egg on his pizza.

Vineyard in Montepulciano

Vineyard in Montepulciano

Sienna

Sienna

Sienna

Sienna

Pienza hotel for an impromptu trip

Pienza hotel for an impromptu trip

Sienna

Wow, are all these barrels filled with Wine?  I was so excited.

Wow, are all these barrels filled with Wine? I was so excited.

thirsty Kim

thirsty Kim

boat ride to Monterosso

boat ride to Monterosso

baby octopus anyone?

baby octopus anyone?

we loved this house tucked up an alleyway in Monterosso, where a little old lady tried to kidnap Bob

we loved this house tucked up an alleyway in Monterosso, where a little old lady tried to kidnap Bob

were so fascinated when we saw people eating this that we had to order it.  It was fantastic.

were so fascinated when we saw people eating this that we had to order it. It was fantastic.

wearing a flashlight headband, we thought our shadow made us look like a couple of hippies.  Ok, maybe a bit too much wine?

wearing a flashlight headband, we thought our shadow made us look like a couple of hippies. Ok, maybe a bit too much wine?

ok, most people ask for a wing or breast, but which of you would like the foot or head?  shopping in the market was an adventure

ok, most people ask for a wing or breast, but which of you would like the foot or head? shopping in the market was an adventure

loved watching this lady peeling fresh tomatoes for her restaurant.  she used a paring knife and was wicked fast.

loved watching this lady peeling fresh tomatoes for her restaurant. she used a paring knife and was wicked fast.

monterosso

anchovy festival

anchovy festival

relaxing on our balcony with wine, cribbage and an ocean view.

relaxing on our balcony with wine, cribbage and an ocean view.

loving this country

loving this country

Paolo brought us his best house wine.  we didn't have the heart to tell him we prefer red.  It was clear, crisp and delicious.

Paolo brought us his best house wine. we didn’t have the heart to tell him we prefer red. It was clear, crisp and delicious.

wow it really does lean that much.

wow it really does lean that much.

Pisa

this was our pizza in Pisa

this was our pizza in Pisa

loved watching the progress on this wall.  3 young men worked on it every day while we were there.  all done by hand.  amazing people.

loved watching the progress on this wall. 3 young men worked on it every day while we were there. all done by hand. amazing people.

they are repairing the old wheel house that was damaged in the flood of 2011

they are repairing the old wheel house that was damaged in the flood of 2011

Yes, this is how wide the 2 lane street in Vernazza was

Yes, this is how wide the 2 lane street in Vernazza was

Wi-Fi at our favorite breakfast place, the Pirates Den,

Wi-Fi at our favorite breakfast place, the Pirates Den,

Oktoberfest in La Spezia with the owner of our home base apartment, Julia and Paolo and their "English Speaking Friends".

Oktoberfest in La Spezia with the owner of our home base apartment, Julia and Paolo and their “English Speaking Friends”.

venice

Venice

Venice

lucky Bob fond a casino machine in a little bar in Venice

lucky Bob fond a casino machine in a little bar in Venice

Venice

Venice

love the food

love the food

this is how you check into the hotel in Venice!

this is how you check into the hotel in Venice!

traffic jam in Venice

traffic jam in Venice

fish market in Venice

fish market in Venice

this is clever.  why doesn't our hamburger come shaped like a cow?  the little sausages shaped like pigs were everywhere

this is clever. why doesn’t our hamburger come shaped like a cow? the little sausages shaped like pigs were everywhere

fish market in Venice

fish market in Venice

venice

venice

venice is very into mardi gras

venice is very into mardi gras

Corniglia

Corniglia

in the background is Corniglia.  the only town on the Cinqua Terre that is not have ocean access.

in the background is Corniglia. the only town on the Cinqua Terre that is not have ocean access.

beautiful but tough hike.

beautiful but tough hike.

check out the motorized wheelbarrow this guy was hauling stuff from to his house.  Only way there was to hike it in.  These people are hard working

check out the motorized wheelbarrow this guy was hauling stuff from to his house. Only way there was to hike it in. These people are hard working

more wine?

more wine?

hike from Corniglia to Vernazza.  we made this hike several times

hike from Corniglia to Vernazza. we made this hike several times

wild hike through a jungle of sorts on our way to Murro.  didn't see another human

wild hike through a jungle of sorts on our way to Murro. didn’t see another human

Guy in the blue shirt was along Cinque Terra trail to Monterosso selling lemoncello.  Quite the entrepreneur

Guy in the blue shirt was along Cinque Terra trail to Monterosso selling lemoncello. Quite the entrepreneur

view of a castle from Orvieto

view of a castle from Orvieto

White Wine (we are red wine drinkers) in Orvieto.  It was actually quite good

White Wine (we are red wine drinkers) in Orvieto. It was actually quite good

Roman Coliseum

Roman Coliseum

one of our favorite places

one of our favorite places

Trevi Fountain, Italy

Trevi Fountain, Italy

beautiful ceiling from the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

beautiful ceiling from the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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