Days of Gratitude – Sunday 1 July 2012


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Grateful for the fun that I had with fried mozarella balls while killing some time before our night train from Florence to Munich.

20120701 mozarella balls

Days of Gratitude – Saturday 30 June 2012


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Grateful for these handy boards with the timetables on them at train stations.  Saved us quite a lot of time being able to work out that to get to Florence we should go to Pisa and catch a train there rather than wait for the next direct train from La Spezia to Florence (which was a few hours away).

20120630 train stations departures sheet

PS this one isn’t actually in La Spezia but was taken in the Cinque Terra on the day and is a lot more picturesque than La Spezia.

Days of Gratitude – Friday 29 June 2012


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Grateful that I got to use the outside washing line at our accommodation.  You see these everywhere in Europe but this is the first time I have ever used one.  5 floors up it is a bit scary putting your clothes on it … a long walk down if you drop something.

20120629 sky high washing line

Days of Gratitude – Thursday 28 June 2012


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Grateful for a swim in the ocean at the end of a very hot day.

20120628 splash in Cinque Terra Venazza

Days of Gratitude – Wednesday 27 June 2012


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Grateful for the little things that are different and you have to learn in a new place… what makes travel interesting.  We thought that going to a swimming pool would be easy (no language required) but in fact we needed to discover that you needed and to purchase swimming caps!

20120627 swimming caps Lake Como

Days of Gratitude – Tuesday 26 June 2012


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Grateful for the fantastic view from our hotel of Lake Como (… and for many other things – my awesome Husband who organised this hotel as a surprise and the weather being beautiful compared to cold and dreary the last two days in Switzerland).

20120626 view of Lake Como