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Old 07-04-2010, 02:29 PM   #91
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66 more days and it will be my turn. Do you consider yourself an artist? I am reading between the lines (your door, flatties and picture commentations) your pictures show much artistry in them.
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More great photos.

Strange how we don't often visit the places on our doorstep. Italy must be only a 2 or 3 hour flight, but I've never been.
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66 more days and it will be my turn. Do you consider yourself an artist? I am reading between the lines (your door, flatties and picture commentations) your pictures show much artistry in them.
I do like to make things, not sure if I'd call it art though I appreciate your complements

Hope you have a fab time

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Strange how we don't often visit the places on our doorstep. Italy must be only a 2 or 3 hour flight, but I've never been.
Thanks, know we've never been to Italy - we'll definately go back though it was beautiful.
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Dinner, I think this is bruchetta



Tomato and mozerella salad



I'm not sure what this was



Soup



Ceasar salad



I think this was a curry dish



Chicken



Beef



Chicken strips and fries



Fish



Rocky road sundae



I think this was a crumble?






The next day we started with breakfast at Lumieres (this turned out to be our favourite spot for breakfast)

Waffles, french toast and bacon



It also came with a yummy cream



The port this day was La Spezia Italy - it's fairly close to Pisa and Florence is a bit futher. We stayed close by and went to Lerici and did the Lerici's Castle and Dinosaurs

We could see the ship from Lerici, this was taken on the way there - you can see the castle





A couple of our tours in Italy were by Trumpy Tours - this name made us laugh They gave our hand wipes which was nice.



We were dropped off near the coast and walked down to the harbour



It was pedestrianised and there was a pretty garden there







You could see the castle a little closer



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Our guide was telling us about the area, I was interested to learn Mary Shelly and Lord Byron had stayed nearby

We walked along by the harbour







These flowers were so colourful















They had some nice boats for sale















We walked through the narrow streets, there were lots of different shops







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This church was at the top of the hill - it used to be a leprosy hospital



A marble bollard





The doors were very ornate







We were given some time to look at the shops before we met back at the harbour. We then set off up the hill towards the castle

This made me laugh





It was quite steep in places but not a very long walk



A random drain cover



Some flowers growing out the wall





There were some lovely views when we got around the corner





The top of the castle



Looks like someones sock fell on the floor and someone put it on the front door!









A shadow pic



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From up here you could see the ship in the distance but it was very hazy



You can just about make out the ship between the wall on the left and the land on the right















I thought the wall of the castle was pretty cool, it was a steep slope probably a little too steep to climb - there were loads of flowers growing out of it





A trash can!



Another shot of the ship





The ship is still there!



We climbed up a path and went inside the castle





There was a small gift shop with some dinosaur bits



It was a shame this was all in Italian but the photos were quite interesting



Apart from the walls and floors there wasn't much about the castle, they did have a chapel that was pretty much empty



The well worn steps that lead in - mind your step!





On the ceiling in one half of the room





This just covered a deep looking hole



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We then went up to the roof

I don't think a net will stop dinosaurs



They were flying the cross of St. George which is also the English flag





Looking down from the roof to the path we took into the castle



The tower of the castle



The walls were really thick in places







There were quite a few pigeons up there





An escape hatch?





They had some snacks, the cookies and cake tasted home made, we were able to help ourselves to snacks and drinks







The flatties liked it up there





DH on his iPhone!





There were various plants and herbs up here



I think I was trying to get a shot of a bee on the lavender







We spent quite a lot of time up there but it gave me a chance to get loads of picture - and eat plenty of snacks!

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Then it was time for the tour. The guide from the castle couldn't speak English so our Italian/French speaking tour guide translated (she spoke English very well despite her not speaking it often, she mainly did French tours!)

He explained all about dinosaurs - how they moved, predator/prey basic stuff but great for the kids









Another plant growing out the building



They had some fossilised foot prints found nearby







I think Gav was hiding from some of the animals





Another hole!



Another shot with flash but I still couldn't see all the way down!













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More great photos, thanks. I'm not a great fan of anything dinosaur but the castle looked great .. can't believe how thick those walls were!

If you don't mind, I'm going to steal your idea of the Flatties for my cruise in 2 weeks. My partner was not able to get the time off work, so although I'll have fun with my mum, sister and niece, it won't be the same without him. I'll make him into a Flattie and he can come along then!
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Such beautiful pictures!

Excursion looks like fun for the entire family.
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Great photos. I so wish I could do this cruise all over again.

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Thank you for taking the time to write this TR. It feels like I was there myself wtih all the lovely photographs. I agree with a previous poster that you definately have an artistic eye! Can't wait for the rest of your report.
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Your photos are amazing!

I don't think I saw it posted but what type of camera did you use?

Keep it going!
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More great photos, thanks. I'm not a great fan of anything dinosaur but the castle looked great .. can't believe how thick those walls were!

If you don't mind, I'm going to steal your idea of the Flatties for my cruise in 2 weeks. My partner was not able to get the time off work, so although I'll have fun with my mum, sister and niece, it won't be the same without him. I'll make him into a Flattie and he can come along then!

Yeah the dinosaur thing was a bit random but at least it gives the place a purpose

Go for it I'm sure your partner will love it Are you doing a TR?

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Such beautiful pictures!

Excursion looks like fun for the entire family.
Thanks.
I thought the kids did really well with all the walking and the information wasn't really geared towards kids but they behaved really well.

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Great photos. I so wish I could do this cruise all over again.

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Thank you for taking the time to write this TR. It feels like I was there myself wtih all the lovely photographs. I agree with a previous poster that you definately have an artistic eye! Can't wait for the rest of your report.
Thanks, I'll do a bit more tonight - tomorrow night we're seeing TS3 (it's only been released in cinemas here today ) but I'll try and get a bit more up later in the week.

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I don't think I saw it posted but what type of camera did you use?

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Thanks it's a Sony HX1

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