Monthly Archives: February 2013

Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa, Italy in One Day

I normally travel solo and do not usually join tour groups. Getting around Tuscany, Italy, however, is not easy without a rental car. After doing some research online, I decided to join a tour by Walkabout Florence, which advertises Siena, … Continue reading

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Renaissance Gardens in Florence, Italy

On Sunday mornings in Florence, the City is quiet for tourists, especially during the off-season in February. Churches and shops are closed; however, most museums and public gardens are open. In the Oltrarno (translation: “beyond Arno”) a few blocks across … Continue reading

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A London Church with a Starring Role

Visitors to the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great will immediately recognize the interior. This church has been a backdrop in many films including “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Sherlock Holmes” … Continue reading

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Discovering Winston Churchill in London

Winston Churchill was the right man at the right time for his country during World War II. For London visitors interested in Churchill and life during the Blitz, a visit to the Churchill War Rooms is a must. Located near … Continue reading

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Special Souvenirs in Florence, Italy

Sometimes it’s fun to be part of an undiscovered secret. Located among the antique shops and the boutiques of the Oltrarno of Florence (Oltrarno literally means “beyond Arno”) is a shop called And Company, which is delightful. Owned by a … Continue reading

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Tea and Cake in London’s Bloomsbury

It’s February in London and all I want is a hot pot of tea and scones with the cold weather outside. One of my favorite bakeries is Bea’s of Bloomsbury, located about a ten minute walk from the Holborn tube … Continue reading

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