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Old 01-12-2013, 12:27 AM   #166
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Shushh.....Those pictures in San Gimignano, Siena and Rome are just delightful. I am sitting here in absolute awe and utter envy. I LOVE that violin bag and would have bought me one; irrespective of what the price is!

Have a great cruise. Look forward to your amazing pictures there when you return. Safe travels to you and the entire family.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:41 AM   #167
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your TR have been following along and to be honest have been wondering why my posts don't show only to realise I have been pushing preview post instead of submit reply

Anyway you will be happy to know you made me giggle again it had always been my fear that one of my kids would push or pull that emergency button thankfully there all old enough now that I don't need to worry.
The scenery is beautiful thanks for the updates.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:47 AM   #168
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Love the excursion out to Lucca, Montecarlo and Montecatini. I had work ties (from another life) to Montecatini; so it was nice to see a glimpse of it.

Lucca looks lovely. And yes, I would have broken out in song.
Wow, it must seem pretty random and strange to read about a town from a previous life. Montecatini isn't exactly a place that many people know about!

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Haven't been around the dis boards for a while, but have just managed to read your blog in two days
What a fantastic holiday, you have seen so much in a short period of time, I really feel like I have only scratched the surface of Paris and Florence after two visits, but you seemed to have seen it all.
Who are you cruising with? We did a royal Caribbean out of Rome in 2011 and loved it, after a busy holiday of touring prior to the cruise, the cruise was a fantastic way to end the holiday. We booked private tours for most of the ports after reading and getting recommendations from cruise critic, best thing we ever did look forward to keeping up to date now
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We are cruising with NCL and they seem to be one of the few that offer sailings in winter with itineraries that we liked or visited ports that we hadn't been to. No one in the family has ever been on NCL so will definitely keep you updated! We also usually do private tours as we seem always seem to have numbers on our side
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:52 AM   #169
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Shushh.....Those pictures in San Gimignano, Siena and Rome are just delightful. I am sitting here in absolute awe and utter envy. I LOVE that violin bag and would have bought me one; irrespective of what the price is!

Have a great cruise. Look forward to your amazing pictures there when you return. Safe travels to you and the entire family.
You know PIO...I was kicking myself for not going back in! It was closed when I first walked past but I was so engrossed in eating and looking at other shops that I completely forgot about the violin bag...until I saw photo of it. Doh!

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Anyway you will be happy to know you made me giggle again it had always been my fear that one of my kids would push or pull that emergency button thankfully there all old enough now that I don't need to worry.
The scenery is beautiful thanks for the updates.
You know, I am ready to give Jonah away but not one will take him!!! Ms Shuttergirl if you're reading, my son makes awful noises as well which are very loud. This gets amplified when one is in a place like say a church...when the noise ECHOES like crazy! ARghh!!!
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:01 AM   #170
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Now I'm definitely going to Italy (I've told DD to study Italian as an elective at high school so I can go along as the parent volunteer )!

Have a lovely cruise.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:09 AM   #171
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Great idea!

Beautiful blog and great idea to blog as you go along, it feels like we are all on the trip with you! Can't wait to share this experience with my child one day!
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:54 AM   #172
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just caught up...what a fantastic job on the blog...I may have to get you to come on my next trip and do my TR...and are you still using the iphone....and if you are..how are these awesome pics possible..the pics are great..I may need a dummies course.

feel like we are traveling with you.....keep going!
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:12 AM   #173
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:00 PM   #174
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Have a fantastic relaxing cruise. If your children really loved Italy the older ones may enjoy reading the Stravaganza series written by Mary Hoffman-modern day children find a talisman that takes them to an alternate world of medieval Italy where they are involved in various adventures. Each book features on a different city-the first is based in Venice, other include Siena, Padua, Florence, Ravenna. I love them as much as my DD and they appeal to boys as much as girls.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #175
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More updates are up if anyone is interested.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:58 PM   #176
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Thanks Shussh. Loved San Gimignano too. It stands out, we love it. Loved The art tour by four yr old.

Looking forward to more of the cruise.
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Love, love, loving your cruise updates.

Well done on the flag trivia. I get excited by quizzes such as this also. Although, I must admit, I have no idea what the flag of Madagascar looks like.

I've looked into those NCL suites and fell in love with the big glass showers. A shower with a view of the ocean - bliss. One day...
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #178
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Shushh, I have to know...where exactly was that toilet in San Gimignano? I want to add it to my sightseeing list...

Siena looks amazing too, everything about Tuscany looks amazing! I read somewhere that the decorative floors in the Duomo there are covered up for most of the year to protect them, but from your photos I guess that's not true? We're you able to see all the floor?

I've been looking at reviews of hotels in Rome lately and remember reading about the IQ hotel but I can't remember what part of Rome it's in?

Sorry for all the questions , but between your blog and AWIDY's TR , my appetite for a visit to Italy is going nuts!

Hoping you have time for another post or two before your cruise, but if not, have a fabulous relaxing time

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Old 02-08-2013, 02:18 AM   #179
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We're home! And back to reality. The children have started their new schools and have settled it very well. We've survived week one. Yay!

So here is my attempt to resurrect my blog and finish the last few days of our trip. Its not in order unfortunately as I'm finishing the 'easy' posts first!

Andona, I'm working on the Italy section right now!

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Shushh, I have to know...where exactly was that toilet in San Gimignano? I want to add it to my sightseeing list...

Siena looks amazing too, everything about Tuscany looks amazing! I read somewhere that the decorative floors in the Duomo there are covered up for most of the year to protect them, but from your photos I guess that's not true? We're you able to see all the floor?

The floors had roped off sections where the features were but they were open and you could see the floors clearly

I've been looking at reviews of hotels in Rome lately and remember reading about the IQ hotel but I can't remember what part of Rome it's in?

Its near the termini right next to the opera house. Quite convenient location wise. Reception very friendly. Breakfast not bad for 10 euros

Sorry for all the questions , but between your blog and AWIDY's TR , my appetite for a visit to Italy is going nuts!

Hoping you have time for another post or two before your cruise, but if not, have a fabulous relaxing time

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