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Italy Revisited

Our friend was engaged to an Italian woman and they decided to have the wedding in Italy. Aw shucks, twist our arms. Day 1 After about 13 hours of travel we arrived in Bologna. We went straight to the car rental place and found that Thrifty couldn’t give us a manual shifting car, we had to settle for a brand new automatic Fiat 500 which had only had 5km on it. Ok, fine. We found the car and got SIM cards then started driving to Fiesole where our friends had rented a renovated old church. On the drive I discovered … Continue reading

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Barcelona, Day 14

(Friday, May 25th) Steve and I went over to Montjuïc to the Joan Miro museum. The work was really fun and playful, but as Steve pointed out very repetitious (with the stars and line drawings). Afterwards we walked around the park a little and had lunch at Font del Gat. It was a low-key day and we didn’t do a lot. Later that night we packed, played more captions and ate pizza on the roof of the apartment. We saw a bit of a sunset. More pictures The next morning I was up early enough to see an amazing sunrise. … Continue reading

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Barcelona, Day 13

(Thursday, May 24th) We set out with Brian, Amy and Keli and started at Granja Vieder (milk bar) for thick chocolatey drinks. They were indeed very thick and very chocolatey! This particular place is the oldest in Barcelona, since 1870. I expected it to feel old, but it didn’t. It must have been refurbished in the 50’s. Brian split off and the rest of us went to the Promenade for lunch at Agua. The food was good, but the odd thing is that they charged for each piece of bread we ate. Weird right? More pictures Then we walked along … Continue reading

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Barcelona, Day 12

(Wednesday, May 23rd) More pictures Several of us went to Casa Batlló, another amazing piece of work by Antoni Goudi. His attention to detail is remarkable. I’m not saying that all architects aren’t artists, but he just takes it to a whole new level. Then we walked around La Boqueria, Barcelona’s giant food market. We marveled at the glorious food stands, snacked and ate delicious lunch. This market is unbelievable, Orion said he’d like to live there! More pictures That night just about all of us went out for Catalan pizza. The pizzas themselves are a little small, so we … Continue reading

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Barcelona, Day 11

(Tuesday, May 22nd) More pictures We began the day with Sagrada Familia. OMG, what an amazing building — the most beautiful I’ve ever been in. It was so cool to see a building of that magnitude in the making. Construction started in the 1880’s and Goudi estimated 300 years to complete it. With modern technology they are now due to finish in 2026. I want to go back in 20 years when it will (hopefully) be complete. The inside was made to feel like trees, and you do feel like you’re standing in a forest. Goudi really paid so much … Continue reading

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Barcelona, Day 10

(Monday, May 21st) Steve and I woke up late to find most folks gone. So we walked over to La Rambla — the pedestrian-only promenade. Some say it’s the most beautiful street in the world, I’m not sure I agree. Maybe it was in the early 1900’s, but now it’s full of street vendors and annoying tourist. There were a few street performers and it mostly felt like the Barcelona version of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. More pictures At the end of that mile we wondered over to Barri Gotic. That places is just full of photographic buildings! Now THAT … Continue reading

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Barcelona, Day 9

(Sunday, May 20th) Steve, Orion, Rebecca, Chris, Brian and I all went to lunch. Then we headed off to Park Güell. From the top you can see all of Barcelona, it was breathtaking! The park also had some Goudi sculptures sprinkled throughout and he made the two gingerbread houses that stand at the front. Sagrada Familia is in the center, towering over its surroundings More pictures It started to rain so we went back to the apartment and napped. It was siesta time anyway, when in Rome (or Barcelona)! A large group of us went to dinner. The place was … Continue reading

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Barcelona, Day 8

(Saturday, May 19th) Time to leave the castle. A few people headed home, some people went to France for a couple days and the rest of us headed into Barcelona. We managed to check out of the castle in good time. Though we had a really tough time figuring out how to get back to the car rental place. Unfortunately we didn’t save the location on the GPS and the address couldn’t be found anywhere. After dropping everyone off at the apartments (four people in one, eleven in the other) Steve and Brian took off and with some effort finally … Continue reading

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Girona, Day 7

(Friday, May 18th) Two groups went on Segway tours in Santa Pau — a functioning medieval town. Brian, Ben and I decided not to do the tours for various reasons. We arrived in town just before lunch to walk around. It was pretty empty, but very neat. There was a castle in the middle with towers scattered around. And the whole town was built on a hill. More pictures We all had lunch in town at Cal Sastre and it took about two hours. They kept wanting to give us more things! A special dessert with fruit, yogurt and foam. … Continue reading

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Girona, Day 6

(Thursday, May 17th) A free for all day. One group went to France for wine tasting. Another group went to a different area of France to hang out and have lunch. And a third group chose to sleep in. I was part of the group that slept in. Once we finally woke up and ate some leftovers for breakfast I went to the medieval town of Besalu with Rebecca and Alex. We walked around and discovered a chair theme. Rebecca climbed up onto a tall one. Turns out that the city did an artist exchange with some Italian artists. The … Continue reading

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