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04-24-2007

Freedom From Fear!

What do airline passengers and dental patients have in common? As we boarded our Air France 747 from Paris to San Francisco recently, the gentleman seated next to me promptly fell asleep. It was 10 o’clock in the morning when we left Paris and this passenger slept for at least…

04-14-2007

Au Revoir Paris

Now that we are finally over the jet lag and used to European time, our last day of our trip has arrived. Fortunately the “finale” was the Louvre, perhaps the greatest art museum in the world. This morning, we got up early and arrived before the Louvre opened, so it…

04-14-2007

Encore Paris

With every intention of getting up early to get to Versailles, we almost succeeded … except we were so sleepy! We got going at a decent hour, just the same decent hour as everyone else! The fabulous Paris Metro connects with the RER which takes you directly to Versailles in…

04-12-2007

Learning from Other Cultures

As someone who hasn’t traveled much, it has been a great learning experience traveling to France and Italy—and for reasons I didn’t expect. There are several problems in the U.S. that the Europeans have already solved. While we continue to slog it out in traffic jams in our big cars,…

04-12-2007

More Paris!

Bonjour again from Paris! After so much walking lately, we took it easy today, lounging around in the morning over coffee and croissants. We had a minor flood in our room and a minor finger-smashing incident on my part (my dental career is not over just yet…), then ventured out…

04-12-2007

Paris!

Bonjour! We boarded our all night sleeper train in Venice and woke up in Paris. Well, that’s not exactly how easy it was. Our “couchette” was pretty tight quarters, despite the fact that there were only 4 of us in a cabin built for 6. And there wasn’t a whole…

04-09-2007

Venezia

Another smooth Eurostar ride out of Firenze and we were in Venezia in 3 hours. We immediately fell in love with Venice! It is so picturesque, unique and charming that you just want to move right into one of the gorgeous decaying but elegant palaces. And you can drive your…

04-06-2007

Firenze

After nearly getting on the wrong train leaving Rome, we sailed down the tracks to Florence on the gorgeous Eurostar train. In 100 minutes we were there! Our bed and breakfast is just 3 blocks from Florence’s signature building, the Duomo, and on the same street as the old bridge,…

04-05-2007

Arividerci, Roma!

Ah, a day to relax without a tour guide! A leisurely breakfast, then an early morning visit to the Pantheon, where we had the entire temple, including Raphael’s tomb, all to ourselves. Well, so much for this leisure! We “strolled” over to the Piazza Navona to see Bernini’s magnificent Four…

04-03-2007

Posting from Roma!

Buongiorno! Mama Mia, what a day! Our faithful guide, Claudio picked us up early and in his heavy Italian accent guided us through parts of Roma a little out of walking distance. We saw the Church of the Monks of Cappucini, where the walls, unbelievably, are literally decorated with the…