A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 7 – Florence 3
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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 7 – Florence 3

What would Florence be without the Florence Cathedral? A whole lot less. This blog post features the Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Campanile or Bell Tower. Colonna di San Zanobi Colonna di San ZanobiIn the 9th century the remains of San Zenobi were being transferred from the church of San Lorenzo to the then Cathedral…

A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 6 – Florence 2
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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 6 – Florence 2

Lets keep walking and see what we find! Detail above the door of the Complesso di San Firenze Badia FiorentinaThere was an older church called Santo Stefano on this place. In 960 it was sold to Willa di Toscana, mother of the Marquis Ugo. She build the Benedictine abbey called Badia Fiorentina around it. When…

A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 5 – Florence 1
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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 5 – Florence 1

Camping Firenze After our breakfast at the Villa Noce in Brescia, we put our luggage in the car and took the small side streets down to Florence. The last few kilometers it was really down some really small streets. In the late afternoon we arrived at Camping Firenze. A few others had the same time…

A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 4 – Brescia 3
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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 4 – Brescia 3

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Carità The Chiesa di Santa Maria della Carità or the church of the Buon Pastore is a Baroque-style Roman Catholic church. Construction of the original church started in 1481. A wealthy man – Laura Gambara – erected the church, a monastery, and a convent to shelter fallen women or prostitutes….

A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 3 – Brescia 2
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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 3 – Brescia 2

The Duomo Vecchio The Duomo Vecchio stands next to the New Cathedral of Brescia. Officially it is called the Winter Co-Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Or the Old Cathedral or La Rotonda because of its round setting. And the adjacent main cathedral next to it is known as the Summer Cathedral. Confusing? A bit! There…

A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 2 – Brescia
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A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 2 – Brescia

Good Morning Brescia One of the reasons I choose Villa Noce was the Breakfast mentioned in the reviews. If you went to Italy yourself you know what awaits you in a typical local hotel that usually has Italian customers only. Coffee and a few sweets and that is that. A pleasant surprise waited at the…

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 14 – Budapest – Austria – Stuttgart
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Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 14 – Budapest – Austria – Stuttgart

Today in the evening we crossed the border to Austria. Booked a room in a small hotel in the mountains. Turned out that it belongs to a Dutch couple that got it a few years ago. We where the only guests and the place were really quiet. They made us a Pizza and after two…

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 13 – Budapest II
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Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 13 – Budapest II

The second part of the Budapest pictures from this trip. I mentioned it in the post before: Since I have been so many times in Budapest I spare you the same pictures. I focused mainly on buildings this time. But if you want to see more of Budapest: All the Budapest Posts. The Széchenyi Chain…

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 11 – From Sibiu to Budapest
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Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 11 – From Sibiu to Budapest

Got up early and put the car in motion towards Hungary. On the way, I saw an old school-house that I wanted to picture so we stopped in Sebes for a coffee. Sebes Old school building from 1865: Education is freedom Church in Sebes – note the small towers! Some old guy closed the church…