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(12) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 13) Walking from Sarnen to Sachseln, then Alpenmacaronen

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It wasn't until 6:34am that I crawled out of bed.  Seven minutes later Eleanor followed.  At 7:02am the…

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Added by Bill Kover on October 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

(11) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 12) Luzern, Lungern, Brienz and Gemeinschafts Konzert

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

We awoke to the sound of the songbird.  By 5:07am we were out of bed.  Outside the skies were clear.  The thermometer showed a…

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Added by Bill Kover on October 11, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

Packing today but want to post something while I take a break.  Barbara, Ed & Iris. Went to Volterra...heard drums...a procession similar to last one but with lots of priest 's and faithful...this time it was for a saint.  Blew us away...what are the chances.  Took movie not pics.  

Added by Suanne Bryden on September 30, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments

(10) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 11) The Valley of the Waterfalls and Trummelbach Falls

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

We were both up at 4:50am.  It was still dark outside and quiet, except for that bird outside our window who seemed to begin singing every morning at about 4:50am.  Sometimes it would oversleep and begin singing at 4:55am.  In any event we had to be up early that day anyway.  A trip to the Valley of the Waterfalls required that we catch the 7:28am…

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Added by Bill Kover on September 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

Tuesday

This is the third time I have been to the accademia to see the David statue and I still find my eyes tearing up. Words can't do justice to its perfection. We spent close to an hour studying every inch of it. There is a lot more on exibit at the accademia than in the past. Sure were glad we had reservations. Even with them we had to wait a little over a half hour......high season!…

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Added by Suanne Bryden on September 26, 2014 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

Monday 22nd

I have been warring with the internet, first in Florence and now here in Murlo.  If I can get the equivilant of one bar I consider myself lucky. Pictures need much more to load. They will be few and far between I fear.

Last Wednesday we picked up the car and headed for Murlo.  Since it had been about 15 years since I drove a stick, I didn't let myself panic when I bucked…

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Added by Suanne Bryden on September 26, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

Poor Margaret!   No sooner had our plane left the tarmac in ABQ then the man in front of her pushed his chair full back and kept it there for the whole flight!!!

As soon as we landed in Atlanta we all but ran to our Air France gate and upgraded our shitty economy seats for Preium Economy seats.  The $67 will be our best spent money to date.

Had an early dinner at Jekyll Island Seafood...forgot to take a pic.  Margaret had a Blackened talapia sandwich with asparagus. I had a…

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Added by Suanne Bryden on September 26, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

Monday

We planned to go to Fiesole but on the way to catch the bus we found the Mercato. There were butchers , bakers, fish mongers and every fruit you could think of. We were there for almost four hours. Split a Porcetta  (roasted pork) sandwich.  The moans of pleasure were pure heaven. Later we split a plate of calamari and gamberoni. (Fried squid…

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Added by Suanne Bryden on September 25, 2014 at 1:40am — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

I am so sorry guys. I messed up when sending out my posts. I forgot (dementecare) to press the NOW button every time I sent a post, so there they sat waiting forme to do so.  I'm now going back and trying to get them all sent out NOW! 

Added by Suanne Bryden on September 25, 2014 at 1:36am — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

These are from our orientation/lunch/tour at the Abbey of Monte Oliveto. Lunch consisted of melon and cold cuts(two kinds of salami, procuitto and melon followed by the pasta with fresh tomato sauce. We then had bread and tomato salad and farro salad followed by baked chicken and french fries. Topping it all off was Tiramisu and espresso.  We were stuffed. We had soup for dinner that night. 

The abbey is beautiful and having a…

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Added by Suanne Bryden on September 25, 2014 at 1:17am — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

Didn't have good wifi in Florence and by the time I figured it out I was too doggone tired. So, here goes.

The seats we had to Paris were on top level of the plane, right behind the pilots. Seats were regulation size but, the extra few inches were nice…

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Added by Suanne Bryden on September 25, 2014 at 1:08am — No Comments

(9) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 10) Brienz and Sherlock Holmes

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Eleanor and I both grew up sleeping in unheated attic bedrooms.  So at Chalet Britschgi it was not unusual for us to open our bedroom window each…

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Added by Bill Kover on September 18, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Tuscany for two 2014

So, the time for departure has finally arrived.  The trip with Margaret Bolshazy began as pipe dream, then, after lots of conversation and planning we are on our way to Tuscany, Italy.  Since I have been to Tuscany on three previous trips I will be the driver and unofficial Tour Guide.  God help us.  Should be interesting.

Below is a picture of packing with  the help of my furry friend Princess Fiona.  She checked my…

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Added by Suanne Bryden on September 13, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

(8) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 9) Hergiswil Glass Factory

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We were both up at 6:10am.  Outside it was overcast and drizzling with a temperature of 52…

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Added by Bill Kover on September 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

(7) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 8) The Swiss Culture Day Trip

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We were both up between 6:00am and 6:15am.  At 7:00am the skies were overcast with low wispy clouds over the…

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Added by Bill Kover on August 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

(6) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 7) The Flying Beer Glass Lunch

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

I was up at 6:00am.  Eleanor followed at 6:15am.  A look outside our front door revealed overcast skies except…

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Added by Bill Kover on August 11, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

(5) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 6) Mother's Day Serenade

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 - June 4, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014  Mother's Day

I got up at 6:30am, followed by Eleanor at 6:45am. Most of the stores including…

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Added by Bill Kover on August 4, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

(4) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 5) A rose for Eleanor

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Saturday  May 10, 2014

We were both up at 6:30am.  The temperature was 55 degrees Fahrenheit…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 25, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

(3) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 4) The double rainbow

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 - June 4, 2014

Friday, May 9,2014

Both of us woke up at 3:30am and couldn't fall back to sleep.  We finally got up at 6:10am.  A glance outside revealed an overcast sky.  It rained overnight.  The ground was still wet.  The thermometer outside our front door showed a temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit.  After preparing the coffee, I left for Cafe zum Stein at 7:00am.  For 16.70 Swiss Francs…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

My very own Swiss Wanderweg sign

Not long ago I read somewhere that you could purchase Swiss Wanderweg signs. They could even be custom made according to your location (however, very expensive). I asked for information anyway. Hopefully I might be able to get a copy of a real Wanderweg sign (Hiking Path sign) for a reasonable price. Today a letter came in the mail from Urs Wallimann, president of Obwaldner Wanderweg, the local hiking organization of Sachseln (see…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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