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The view out our window of the hotel in Barcelona, Spain
The view out our window of the hotel in Barcelona, Spain

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Hotel room at Best Western Dante, Barcelona, Spain
Hotel room at Best Western Dante, Barcelona, Spain

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Having lunch in Barcelona, Spain
Having lunch in Barcelona, Spain

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Lunch in Barcelona. Due to language barrier we weren't sure what we would get to eat.
Lunch in Barcelona. Due to language barrier we weren't sure what we would get to eat.

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Having lunch in Barcelona
Having lunch in Barcelona

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Lunch (and beer) in Barcelona
Lunch (and beer) in Barcelona

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Breakfast buffet at hotel, Best Western Dante, Barcelona, Spain. Lots of meats, cheeses, olives, danishes and relishes. Milk is generally lukewarm.
Breakfast buffet at hotel, Best Western Dante, Barcelona, Spain. Lots of meats, cheeses, olives, danishes and relishes. Milk is generally lukewarm.

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Eating breakfast at hotel in Barcelona
Eating breakfast at hotel in Barcelona

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Hotel restaurant
Hotel restaurant

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Having breakfast at Hotel in Barcelona
Having breakfast at Hotel in Barcelona

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Breakfast at the hotel, Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel, Barcelona

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Breakfast at the hotel, Barcelona
Breakfast at the hotel, Barcelona

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Hotel bar in Barcelona
Hotel bar in Barcelona

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"Flat Sam" (school project for Marlow's grandaughter) at the hotel bar in Barcelona, Spain
"Flat Sam" (school project for Marlow's grandaughter) at the hotel bar in Barcelona, Spain

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Scooters are everywhere in Europe. Notice the cover on this one in the streets in Barcelona
Scooters are everywhere in Europe. Notice the cover on this one in the streets in Barcelona

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Heading for the train to take us to Montserrat
Heading for the train to take us to Montserrat

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This is where the tram comes up at Montserrat as it sits high in the mountains
This is where the tram comes up at Montserrat as it sits high in the mountains

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Entrance to cathedral at Montserrat
Entrance to cathedral at Montserrat

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Montserrat
Montserrat

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The cross is on a couple of peaks away from Montserrat. Everyone but John and Lea hiked over there. If you look close you can see them waving!
The cross is on a couple of peaks away from Montserrat. Everyone but John and Lea hiked over there. If you look close you can see them waving!

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Inside the cathdral at Monserrat
Inside the cathdral at Monserrat

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Inside the cathedral at Montserrat
Inside the cathedral at Montserrat

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Inside the cathedral at Montserrat
Inside the cathedral at Montserrat

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Steve and Deena Haslett in Montserrat
Steve and Deena Haslett in Montserrat

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Chuck and Michele Loeffler in Montserrat
Chuck and Michele Loeffler in Montserrat

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Montserrat
Montserrat

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Montserrat
Montserrat

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Montserrat
Montserrat

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Montserrat. Notice lady in high heels and very short skirt doing alot of walking. John noticed she had a hard time keeping her skirt pulled down.
Montserrat. Notice lady in high heels and very short skirt doing alot of walking. John noticed she had a hard time keeping her skirt pulled down.

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Montserrrat
Montserrrat

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John fixing Michele's camera at Montserrat
John fixing Michele's camera at Montserrat

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This is a concrete "sculpture" at Montserrat. Half the sculpture hangs out over the edge of the mountain.
This is a concrete "sculpture" at Montserrat. Half the sculpture hangs out over the edge of the mountain.

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Concrete "sculpture" at Monserrat.
Concrete "sculpture" at Monserrat.

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Concrete "sculpture" at Monserrat (abt 40 miles north of Barcelona, Spain
Concrete "sculpture" at Monserrat (abt 40 miles north of Barcelona, Spain

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La Rambla in the daytime. Neat area of downtown Barcelona with plenty of shopping and restaurants
La Rambla in the daytime. Neat area of downtown Barcelona with plenty of shopping and restaurants

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This is a mine posing as a tree.
This is a mine posing as a tree.

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La Rambla in Barcelona. A large area downtown with lots of shops, restaurants. This is two mimes posing for money. They can stand still it seems for hours.
La Rambla in Barcelona. A large area downtown with lots of shops, restaurants. This is two mimes posing for money. They can stand still it seems for hours.

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This is a mine who can "hold" this position forever, it seems.
This is a mine who can "hold" this position forever, it seems.

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Group at La Rambla
Group at La Rambla

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This is a street vendor at La Rambla trying to sell us rings and sunglasses that have flashing lights. Chuck was the model.
This is a street vendor at La Rambla trying to sell us rings and sunglasses that have flashing lights. Chuck was the model.

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La Rambla. What are we going to eat and drink? Decisions! Decisions!
La Rambla. What are we going to eat and drink? Decisions! Decisions!

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View of our veranda on the ship
View of our veranda on the ship

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Our room on the ship
Our room on the ship

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View of a fort from our veranda on the ship
View of a fort from our veranda on the ship

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Looking off the ship at the tender that takes you to shore.
Looking off the ship at the tender that takes you to shore.

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This is a litte area where the tender drops you off in Cannes
This is a litte area where the tender drops you off in Cannes

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We climbed to the top of the hill in Cannes and below is the sea. In the distance is where the Cannes Film Festival is held.
We climbed to the top of the hill in Cannes and below is the sea. In the distance is where the Cannes Film Festival is held.

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Towards downtown Cannes. We climbed up this street to the top of the hill.
Towards downtown Cannes. We climbed up this street to the top of the hill.

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Another view of the sea from the hill in Cannes, France
Another view of the sea from the hill in Cannes, France

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View of the hills where Cannes, France is
View of the hills where Cannes, France is

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Having a snack at one of the ship's cafes.
Having a snack at one of the ship's cafes.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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John and Lea in front of The Leaning Tower of Pisa
John and Lea in front of The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the belltower for this cathedral
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the belltower for this cathedral

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Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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John standing in front of the cathedral and Leaning Tower
John standing in front of the cathedral and Leaning Tower

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Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is truly an awesome site!
Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is truly an awesome site!

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Look how strong he is! Howie is holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Look how strong he is! Howie is holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Main square in old Florence. Several street vendors here and restaurants. The architecture is awesome!
Main square in old Florence. Several street vendors here and restaurants. The architecture is awesome!

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Artists set up around main square in downtown Florence, Italy
Artists set up around main square in downtown Florence, Italy

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Place we ate lunch in Florence on the main square.
Place we ate lunch in Florence on the main square.

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Lunch on main sq in Florence. It was pretty cool that day. We all gathered around these heaters they had set up.
Lunch on main sq in Florence. It was pretty cool that day. We all gathered around these heaters they had set up.

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Original bronze doors on Baptismal bldg in Florence. They say it took 26 years to make these doors.
Original bronze doors on Baptismal bldg in Florence. They say it took 26 years to make these doors.

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Ceiling "drawings"
Ceiling "drawings"

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Inside the Baptismal building, Florence, Italy
Inside the Baptismal building, Florence, Italy

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This is the cathedral behind the Baptismal building in Florence.
This is the cathedral behind the Baptismal building in Florence.

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Ceiling drawings
Ceiling drawings

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Inside the Baptismal bldg, Florence, Italy
Inside the Baptismal bldg, Florence, Italy

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"Newer" set of bronze doors on Baptismal Building in Florence, Italy
"Newer" set of bronze doors on Baptismal Building in Florence, Italy

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Sculpture in Florence, Italy
Sculpture in Florence, Italy

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The streets are so narrow in old Florence but cars still go down them. They honk and you have to move to the side to let them by.
The streets are so narrow in old Florence but cars still go down them. They honk and you have to move to the side to let them by.

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Florence, Italy architecture
Florence, Italy architecture

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There are acutally people at the top if you look real close
There are acutally people at the top if you look real close

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Downtown Florence. Some of the stores were selling "Waffels" covered with jam or powdered sugar.
Downtown Florence. Some of the stores were selling "Waffels" covered with jam or powdered sugar.

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Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

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Bridge over Tiber river, Florence, Italy
Bridge over Tiber river, Florence, Italy

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DeMedici family were wealthy and wanted to be able to cross the river without going outside so they had this cover added to the bridge.
DeMedici family were wealthy and wanted to be able to cross the river without going outside so they had this cover added to the bridge.

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Look at the traffic en route to the Coliseum shown in the background. Rome is amazing. Big areas of ruins interspersed with newer areas throughout the city.
Look at the traffic en route to the Coliseum shown in the background. Rome is amazing. Big areas of ruins interspersed with newer areas throughout the city.

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Inside the Coliseum
Inside the Coliseum

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Outside the Coliseum
Outside the Coliseum

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The Coliseum
The Coliseum

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The maze in the center was actually below the Coliseum floor. That is where the animals and gladiators were kept. There is a partial floor towards the bottom of the photo.
The maze in the center was actually below the Coliseum floor. That is where the animals and gladiators were kept. There is a partial floor towards the bottom of the photo.

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Part of the wall surrounding the Vatican. The Vatican is it's own country with it's own post office, stamps, etc. Protection is provided by the Swiss guard.
Part of the wall surrounding the Vatican. The Vatican is it's own country with it's own post office, stamps, etc. Protection is provided by the Swiss guard.

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Part of the Vatican
Part of the Vatican

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More sculpture at the Vatican
More sculpture at the Vatican

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Inside the Vatican. Notice the enormous sculpture (can see how small the people are below). Alot of the sculptures are of past Popes
Inside the Vatican. Notice the enormous sculpture (can see how small the people are below). Alot of the sculptures are of past Popes

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The Pope was holding mass the day we were there. We saw him from our bus as we were coming around the corner.
The Pope was holding mass the day we were there. We saw him from our bus as we were coming around the corner.

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Chuck, Michele and Lea at the Vatican
Chuck, Michele and Lea at the Vatican

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Inside the Vatican. It was beautiful. Many sculptures, tapestries, paintings.
Inside the Vatican. It was beautiful. Many sculptures, tapestries, paintings.

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This is where the Pope holds mass. It can hold 50,000-70,000 people
This is where the Pope holds mass. It can hold 50,000-70,000 people

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Sculptures of the former Popes
Sculptures of the former Popes

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Lady in blue was our guide in Pompeii.
Lady in blue was our guide in Pompeii.

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Here is some kind of amphitheater. I was amazed how large a city it was
Here is some kind of amphitheater. I was amazed how large a city it was


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Learning about Pompeii
Learning about Pompeii


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Street marker in Pompeii. Notice the arrow I put there. It points to a penis showing the way to the whorehouses. Yes, they had them even back then.
Street marker in Pompeii. Notice the arrow I put there. It points to a penis showing the way to the whorehouses. Yes, they had them even back then.


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The ash from the volcano hit so fast people and things were stopped in their tracks. Later they filled the holes, etc with plaster and were able to get actual molds of people, wagons, urns, etc. Here you can see a mold of a man laying on the table
The ash from the volcano hit so fast people and things were stopped in their tracks. Later they filled the holes, etc with plaster and were able to get actual molds of people, wagons, urns, etc. Here you can see a mold of a man laying on the table

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Original pillars in Pompeii.
Original pillars in Pompeii.

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Cobblestone street in Pompeii. The larger stones in the middle were for getting across without stepping in the yuck in the street
Cobblestone street in Pompeii. The larger stones in the middle were for getting across without stepping in the yuck in the street

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The town square in Pompeii.
The town square in Pompeii.

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This is "inside" the homes of one of the wealthier merchants in Pompeii. The area in front was used to catch rain water through a hole in their roof for daily use
This is "inside" the homes of one of the wealthier merchants in Pompeii. The area in front was used to catch rain water through a hole in their roof for daily use

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This is a closeup of the fountain
This is a closeup of the fountain

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This is a bar in Pompeii. The holes is where they would put large urns full of liquids, grains, etc.
This is a bar in Pompeii. The holes is where they would put large urns full of liquids, grains, etc.

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This was a fountain in the street in Pompeii that caught rain water. They also used it to flush the waste down the streets. (The people in Pompeii dumped their toilet waste in the streets)
This was a fountain in the street in Pompeii that caught rain water. They also used it to flush the waste down the streets. (The people in Pompeii dumped their toilet waste in the streets)

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Amalfi Coast, Italy. Absolutely gorgeous!
Amalfi Coast, Italy. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Karen and Michele taking photos at one of our stops on the Amalfi Coast
Karen and Michele taking photos at one of our stops on the Amalfi Coast

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Village built on the Amalfi Coast
Village built on the Amalfi Coast

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Sightseeing on the Amalfi Coast
Sightseeing on the Amalfi Coast

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Private beach on Amalfi Coast, Italy
Private beach on Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Sightseing on the Amalfi Coast
Sightseing on the Amalfi Coast

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Hotel built into the side of the mountain. You couldn't tell from the road that it was a hotel but once you got around the mountain and looked back you could see it then.
Hotel built into the side of the mountain. You couldn't tell from the road that it was a hotel but once you got around the mountain and looked back you could see it then.

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Our excursion van. Very nice. Seated all ten of us very comfortably.
Our excursion van. Very nice. Seated all ten of us very comfortably.

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Notice the garage hanging out over the edge of the cliff.
Notice the garage hanging out over the edge of the cliff.

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Our driver knew a restaurant to stop for an authentic Italian lunch. It was wonderful!
Our driver knew a restaurant to stop for an authentic Italian lunch. It was wonderful!

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Michele, Steve, Deena, Shirley and Bill at lunch. Plenty of wine included with lunch.
Michele, Steve, Deena, Shirley and Bill at lunch. Plenty of wine included with lunch.

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The two little old men who ran the restaurant. Rather than order from a menu they told us to let them take charge. Great idea! Appetizer of marinated sardines, three pastas, dessert and two choices of wine.
The two little old men who ran the restaurant. Rather than order from a menu they told us to let them take charge. Great idea! Appetizer of marinated sardines, three pastas, dessert and two choices of wine.

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Here is a picture of our pastas at lunch on the Amalfi Coast.
Here is a picture of our pastas at lunch on the Amalfi Coast.

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Looking down on town built into mountainside on Amalfi Coast
Looking down on town built into mountainside on Amalfi Coast

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Ond of my favortie photos. Looking up at a village build on the side of the mountan with low hanging clouds.
Ond of my favortie photos. Looking up at a village build on the side of the mountan with low hanging clouds.

Ancestors

If you could see your ancestors all standing in a row.
Would you be proud of them? Or don't you really know ?

Strange discoveries are sometimes made, in climbing the family tree,
Occasionally one is found in line, who shocks his progeny.

If you could see your ancestors, all standing in a row,
Perhaps there might be one or two, you wouldn't care to know.

Now turn the question right about, and take another view.
When you shall meet your ancestors, will they be proud of you ?

----Author Unknown----

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