November 2010

Blog Break

November 19, 2010

Due to some personal issues I will be taking a bit of a break from blogging. Please send positive thoughts my way!

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Travel Thursday- Pisa, Italy

November 18, 2010

After leaving Sienna and the other hill towns of Tuscany we needed to head back to Florence to drop off our rental car and we stayed one more night in Florence. We left luggage at the hotel and grabbed day packs since we were heading to Pisa and the Cinque Terre. After figuring out the train schedule and the best way to stop off we headed towards Pisa.

 

Pisa can be done in just a few hours. You stop off on the train, hop a bus downtown see the Leaning Tower walk around a bit and get back on your way to the next town. Checking off seeing one of the major landmarks in Italy.

 

The area around the Leaning Tower is packed with tourists and it is best to head there, wait for pictures and decide if you want to tour the tower or just do the “required” photos. We opted for the later and stopped off to take pictures and stretch for a bit.

 

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Now I am sure Pisa is a great town but we saw what we needed to see and headed back on the bus to the train station and continued on our journey to see the Cinque Terre.

 

Favorite Part: Seeing the engineering marvel

 

Not So Favorite Part: Being surrounded by tour groups, it was packed and hard to move around the tower.

 

Coming Up Next Week: Cinque Terre

 

Looking for more Travel Thursday:

 

Other Travel Thursday Posts:

Sienna, Italy

Vignamaggio

Florence, Italy

Madison, WI

Costa Rica

Luxor, Egypt

Hurghada, Egypt

Cairo

Paris Food

Paris Sights

Barcelona

Peru

Mexico City

Nicaragua

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Empty The Fridge

November 17, 2010

Tonight has been the first night we have been home to have dinner all week and we needed to use up some items in the fridge and pantry before we leave. I came across a print out of a Roasted Cinnamon Pear Bruschetta from Jessica’s blog and figured I have pairs to use and could make my own version.

 

I chopped up two on their last leg pairs and added them to a skillet with cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. After cooking for about 12 minutes I added in the balsamic and cooked for another minutes. I served the pairs on top of whole wheat crackers spread with a bit of bison gouda cheese. The crunch from the crackers and a nice warm pairs over the cheese was so delicious.

 

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On the side a few peanut butter and jelly halves on wheat bread with raspberry jam and dark chocolate peanut butter.

 

 

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The fridge is looking very bare with just a few beverages. condiments and the usual cheese drawer.

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9 Days 1 Bag

November 17, 2010

Packing light is a necessity when going on a nine day trip that will involve at least 4 cities and lots of moving around. There is nothing fun about checking a bag and have it not show up, lugging a heavy suitcase on public transportation and having to walk down an old street with a wheeled bag that doesn’t wheel very well on those streets.

 

I spent about 40 minutes finding good travel clothes from our bin in the basement, grabbing the shoes I would need and prepping my bag. I started with making piles of the clothes I though I would need for our 9 day trip. The weather will be in the 50’s and 60’s so I needed layering clothes and mostly pants. For 9 days I grabbed 9 base shirts, 2 layering options, 4 pairs of pants, 1 skirt, 1 pair of jeans and two additional pairs of shoes other than what I will be wearing on the plane.

 

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I laid all the clothing out, eliminated a few pieces and got to work rolling each item and using a rubber band to compress. I placed all the tops in one compression sack while all the pants were placed in the second one.

 

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After placing all the apparel items in the sacks and got to work on compressing them down. Using the straps on the opposite sides to start compression and alternating between sides to get the items as small as possible.

 

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Each sack was placed in the backpack with my pj’s and undergarments in the front pocket, my rain jacket rolled and placed on top of the two compression sacks.

 

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We will be carrying on our backpacks, camera bags and one lighter vest for the cool evenings. I don’t usually wear my big backpack but rather carry it by the handle and have my camera bag on my back.

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Trip Planning Q&A

November 16, 2010

Seeing that travel is a bit part of our lives, we often get asked questions about how we decide where to go, how we book and how we plan these trips. I figured a Travel Q&A would be helpful and is also something I was doing for a freelance project.   How do you figure […]

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Trip Planning Q&A

November 16, 2010

Seeing that travel is a bit part of our lives, we often get asked questions about how we decide where to go, how we book and how we plan these trips. I figured a Travel Q&A would be helpful and is also something I was doing for a freelance project.   How do you figure […]

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Mickey’s Dairy Bar

November 15, 2010

Since the 1940’s Mickey’s Dairy Bar has been an breakfast institution in Madison, every day the restaurant is filled to capacity with students, locals, tourist and Wisconsin Alumni looking for a great meal. The menu is simple, the food is classic dinner and Mickey’s knows how to pack in a crowd. We arrived at around […]

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Mickey’s Dairy Bar

November 15, 2010

Since the 1940’s Mickey’s Dairy Bar has been an breakfast institution in Madison, every day the restaurant is filled to capacity with students, locals, tourist and Wisconsin Alumni looking for a great meal. The menu is simple, the food is classic dinner and Mickey’s knows how to pack in a crowd. We arrived at around […]

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Turkey Tacos

November 14, 2010

We stopped at Target on the way home from Madison to pick up some fruits and vegetables so we have some healthy options for the week. When we were grabbing some soup for the week I saw a packet of taco seasoning and figured it would be a great Sunday dinner.   I made it […]

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Favorite Photos

November 14, 2010

Over the last 6 months I have taken A LOT of photos. It all started with my new camera and taking the time to really focus on getting quality photos of all the recipes made.   Since I let my memory card auto number I checked to see just how many photos were taken: 1,400 […]

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