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where are you? Quit lurking long enough to let me know if we can meet up in Italy - roughly April 24 - 28. I can probably find your place in Umbria with directions.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:55:28 PM EST
By the way, Paul, when you go from Firenze to Umbria, take sometime to visit San Gimignano. It's situated here, between Firenze and Siena, and it's really worth the trip.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 04:41:27 PM EST
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My daughter-in-law has relatives in Siena, so we may well be headed there, too.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 05:38:58 PM EST
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Great city, great history, beautifully located - and harbours one of the best icecream shops I've ever had the pleasure to come across.

If you're an M. C. Escher fan, doubly recommended. One may find some scenes in San Gimignano that are eerily reminiscent.

by Nomad on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 06:21:53 PM EST
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Thanks for the angle. I will schedule the side-trip for sure now.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:26:36 AM EST
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God, that looks good.
As I write this in Paris, it's raining and six degrees out there. My cat is sitting looking forlornly out her cat door- and it's just as crappy out there as it was the last three times  she tried it.

But she is a serious collector, and bravely ventured out earlier, and brought home a treasure--a soggy parking ticket.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:30:35 AM EST
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