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Our Venetian experience began by an all important, must do trip to Maranello; the home of Ferrari. Marranelo is about 200km from Venice and felt like only a small detour to experience a piece of modern day history. The Galleria De Ferrari was a great place for boys young and old and all of us […]

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Josh relished in giving us a title for this Blog! We had a quiet day on the 24th. Caleb, Daniel and I (Karen) spent all day at ‘home’, with the boys playing with their new gladiator toys and me reading kid’s books (that is all I have left to read!). Tim and Josh spent the […]

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The Vatican was spectacular. We visited the Vatican Museums early in the day. The paintings by Raphael in particular were incredible, all over the ceilings and the walls. Finally we reached the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, with the creation and stories from the Bible on the ceiling and the Last Judgment on the wall. […]

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We set world record time this morning and had breakfasted, showered, packed up the van, dumped our waste water and filled up the tank again by a dazzling 8:28am. Tim and I thought that given how busy our last campsite was, Rome was bound to be busier and the earlier we got there the better. […]

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Well, here we are still at the world’s best campsite (unless you like peace and quiet!). We are finding it difficult to drag the kids away from here. The campsite organises excursions for you to places like Siena but I can’t convince Tim, Caleb or Daniel that it would be a good idea to do […]

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We took a bus trip to Florence yesterday that was organized by the campsite. Karen and I very much enjoyed being on an air conditioned bus and letting someone else do all the driving and thinking about where we were going! It did not cost us much more than going by public transport from here, […]

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This morning felt a bit flat as we were back to just the 5 of us again. We set out to explore the Roman ships being restored in a Pisa museum (only open Fridays and Saturdays) that have been dug up recently out of the former Pisa harbor. After much exploration and frustration the museum […]

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Yesterday saw Tim and I load up the campervan again from the various items we had deposited in the apartment. It is amazing how much stuff you can collect in just a few days! The boys stayed with Ian and Sue aiming to catch the fast train to Pisa and meet us there. Tim and […]

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Today was a relaxing day. We caught the train to Vernazza and hit the beach. Josh described his time yesterday at Vernazza as the best day of his life, building sandcastles in the blackish sand, jumping into deep water and exploring caves. We had a lovely day filled with playing on the sand, swimming and […]

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The last 2 days we have spent walking the Cinque Terre track. The boys have done brilliantly with barely a complaint, and the only skinned knee in sight was mine! Yesterday we set off at the crack of dawn (the crack of dawn getting later for us as the holiday continues) and caught the early […]

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