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3 Weeks-Chianti-Rome-Salerno - 2 Pairs of Underwear

Mar 6th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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3 Weeks-Chianti-Rome-Salerno - 2 Pairs of Underwear

Hello All!

While I've answered some postings in the past, this is my first posting to the Forum, so be gentle! Come to think of it, it's my first trip report EVER!

I really love reading everyone's trip reports (especially the talented MaiTaiTom) so I thought I'd reciprocate.

Background: I'm a travel agent and have been Certified as a Specialist by Tourism Boards in several countries. The first to initiate a Specialist program was the Australian Tourism Commission,in 1994, which is when I joined. Hence, my screen name which is what I originally registered with on Fodors.

I travel on business (which are called "familiarization" trips) to keep my knowledge of hotels, tours, etc, up to date; those are done either through a wholesaler or a tourist board and I'm with ohter travel agents. While they're all different, the main thrust is the same - we're there for a specified amount of time (a week, 10 days, in a rare occurance - 2 weeks) and you're doing about 20 hotel inspections, taking tours,etc. I usually take one trip a year.

Then there's also my personal travel. My husband and I take a "Big Trip" (3 weeks in length) every year, and it's sort of evolved into Australia or New Zealand one year, and somewhere in Europe the next. 2005 was Italy.

As you'll see by my report, even though I'm on "vacation" I can never really seem to quite stop working, so I'm always popping into an interesting hotel or checking out a tour as future reference for clients.

As said, this is my first trip report, and it's also the first time we've done a website! here's the address:

www.freewebs.com/mr2llman

It's divided into the 3 areas we visited; Chianti, Rome and Salerno. After each, there's a slide show - remember to turn on the sound - I hope you enjoy it!

Regards,

Melodie



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Mar 7th, 2006, 07:54 AM
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I really enjoyed your trip report. Quit a comedy of error's but it makes for a good laugh or story after the fact!!
You should enter this report in the www.slowtrav.com
yearly contest for best trip reports!!
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Mar 7th, 2006, 08:11 AM
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Hi Melodie,

Your trip report is so interesting (I visited Tuscany a few years ago). But your pictures with music are outstanding! Thank you for sharing.

Ginny
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Mar 7th, 2006, 12:17 PM
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Hello Melodie, well thanks to you I have not gotten done what I intended to today, LOL.

I so enjoyed your trip report, good grief, feet problem when travelling is terrible. And saw the bruise on your shoulder, that is a big "ouchy". And the "apartment problem" in Rome, more than irritating I would image. Wasn't the exposed wires wonderful, NOT. Hope your report reminds travellers that the stars given to hotels in Italy have nothing to do with the size of the room, the decor etc., but only what services the hotels offer.

Your photos are spectacular and the music certainly added to the drama. I felt like I was back in Italy. Thank you for sharing your trip!
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Mar 7th, 2006, 12:53 PM
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What a great trip report. It was so much fun that I wasted an hour just reading and looking at the slides when I should have been working! Oh well, I'm a "gov-ment employee" so I guess I won't worry. Thanks to all federal taxpayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mar 7th, 2006, 01:10 PM
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Melodie,

I have just finished watching your Tuscan slideshow.....HOW did you do that??? It brought goosebumps to look at all those scenes I love so well and...miss soooo much...Thank you!!
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Mar 7th, 2006, 03:49 PM
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Melodie,

Thank you so much for sharing your trip report! You did an amazing job with the website.

...and thank you for making me laugh.

Regards,
pnk

BTW, SharonG: get back to work! ;-)
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Mar 7th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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Melodie: What a delightful trip report! - and coupled with the best slide show I've ever seen of Rome, with music, yet! Mille grazie. How DO you do those photos?
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Mar 7th, 2006, 04:46 PM
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Yep....another "how did you do that slide show" question ! Well done !
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Mar 8th, 2006, 08:09 AM
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Hi,

Lvitaly: thank you for your kind words and the suggestion to enter it on Slow Trav. I have been to that site before but hadn't really thought of posting there, so thank you for the suggestion.

Thanks to Pnk and Ginny!

Sharon - get back to work!

LoveItaly -- hello Fellow Bay Area person! thanks for commiserating about my feet & bruise (travelling can be dangerous)! btw, are you and Sharon goofing off together I wonder?

Traviata, Betsey, Marko - re: the slide show. It's a system called Imagematics that we purchased online. The credit for that all goes to my husband Sam (I picked out the music). I want to learn how to do it though!

Regards,

Melodie
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Mar 8th, 2006, 10:36 AM
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Ok, I'm back at work but still lurking about in Fodors. I'm addicted.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 10:40 AM
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Bravo!
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Mar 8th, 2006, 03:23 PM
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Sharon,

we may need to put you on a 12 Step Lurking program!

Melodie
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Mar 8th, 2006, 04:39 PM
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Lurking, that is what I felt like I was doing yesterday Melodie, ignoring what needed to be done while I read your delightful trip report and enjoyed the fabulous photo show..so interesting. But I have an excuse, I am retired. Now about Sharon..well as a taxpayer ( just paid my taxes) I will go along with her enjoying your trip report and photos. Hi Sharon!!
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Mar 8th, 2006, 06:53 PM
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ttt
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Mar 8th, 2006, 10:49 PM
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I agree with everyone else; GREAT TRIP REPORT! Had to have my husband come and look at your slide presentation. Must try to find out how it is done!!!!

The internet cafe in Greve that is closed; Is it the one that is on the piazza and they serve food mainly outside in the piazza? I really enjoyed the fact that I could always get a computer there and that the internet was open for 12 hours a day.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 04:33 AM
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Thank you Melodie for a very entertaining trip report. Loved the music also.The pictures are excellent.Well done Sam!
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Mar 10th, 2006, 04:30 PM
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Traveler2,

yes, you are correct...that "was" the one that had internet access, and is no more (unless they've changed it since we were there)

Regards,

Melodie
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Mar 10th, 2006, 05:06 PM
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Melodie -- great report.

I also rented an apartment in Rome, through one of my brother's friends and I had visions of what happened to you happening to me! Thankfully it did not, since we had the kids with us.

For some reason the pictures do not open on your website for me. Anybody have any ideas why? Thanks

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Mar 10th, 2006, 06:49 PM
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Melodie, What a fantastic trip report. We had a similar apartment experience in Rome. The tuscany pictures are breathtaking. We are trying to move our vacation to France, but these pictures may change our minds. We haven't actually seen or experienced all we should in Italy. It is amazing how seeing the places we visited photographed so well. The music truly made my last hour. I jerked my husband away from the treadmill for an Italian break. But the question is "Can one ever see enough of a place that is loved so well?" Probably not!
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