The Hills are Alive! Thanksgiving/Tuscany Vacation–(A Travel Journal)
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The Hills are Alive! Thanksgiving/Tuscany Vacation–(A Travel Journal)

Days 6 and 7 In Which the Gates Family Drives Through Three Countries to Avoid a Strike to Make it Home. Day 6 (Friday) Can’t get through to any of our airlines, so decided to pack our bags and head out in our rental car. Looks like we will drive to Frankfurt instead of risking…

Assisi! A Thanksgiving/Tuscany Vacation–(A Travel Journal)
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Assisi! A Thanksgiving/Tuscany Vacation–(A Travel Journal)

Day 5 (Thursday and Thanksgiving Day) In Which the Gates Family Avoids the Rain to Explore a City Above the Clouds. There is rain in the western coast and throughout the Tuscan region today, so we decide to drive several hours south-east to see a favored city of pilgrims—Assisi. While we are not pilgrims, we…

Florence, City of Art–(A Travel Journal)
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Florence, City of Art–(A Travel Journal)

Day 4 (Wednesday) In Which The Younger Gates Introduce Their Elders to Old Stomping Grounds: Florence. According to the weather forecast, there is a high chance of rain today in Pisa and Montecatini, but should be no more than cloudy in Florence. Firenze, as the locals call it. And Florence is a must see on…

Tuscany at Last!–(A Travel Journal)
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Tuscany at Last!–(A Travel Journal)

Day 3 (Tuesday) In Which The Gates Family Tours Pisa, The Mediterranean Coast, and Lucca Since most of the party slept during the drive, we opted for a somewhat early morning. Couldn’t be too early, this is Italy, after all. The desk clerk informed us that few things open before 9:30. We met for breakfast…