My Week Near Arezzo

Sep 21st, 2013, 06:36 PM
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Well, I can't speak to the part about the son and long term parking. With Global Entry you go directly to the kiosks labeled “Global Entry” and swipe your passport. After swiping it, you answer a few questions on the screen, run your fingerprints & take a photo. You do not wait in the serpentine line for immigration that takes forever. Haven't actually had the experience of using it yet, so hopefully it's a smooth as they advertise. Your GE allows you into the TSA Precheck program which has a separate line and no shoes to taken off or computers etc to be pulled out. I'm thinking this may be the best $100 I have spent.
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Sep 21st, 2013, 07:20 PM
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Crutches, an ankle brace, and a wheelchair work wonders, too. ZOOM, you're on the plane! I actually kept my crutches from last year when my foot was broken, thinking I might just go that route again next trip!
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Sep 22nd, 2013, 08:14 AM
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I so enjoyed your trip report! It really brought back lots of wonderful memories. What a great first trip to Italy. I hope you are already planning your next one!

I did Context Rome's Antique Rome tour years ago which cost 90E then, admissions included. I thought it was excellent and appreciated the small group size.

PS - I was born in SM at St. John's
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Sep 22nd, 2013, 01:12 PM
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But yes, even with Global Re-entry you still gotta wait in those long serpentine lines to declare you have nothing to declare, don't you? You wait in line to undeclare, then you wait in another line to not have your luggage inspected. Then you wait at the curb for your son who couldn't find the cell phone waiting area but wound up in the long term parking lot instead. Re-entry issues.>>

don't you just love air-travel? As for knowing Italy so well, the more I go there the more I realise that there is so much more to see. Someone yesterday was telling me about a lovely trip they did to Sicily recently, but DH is talking about going to France in the spring, for a month! so bang goes Sicily - again. I love France too, but a month?
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Sep 23rd, 2013, 01:12 PM
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Glad you're back and had a super time.

JR and I went about 6 times--as with kybourbon, Italy just wouldn't let us go.

Hope to see you and DW soon.
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Sep 23rd, 2013, 01:46 PM
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Was this a de facto trip report?
Whatever, it's got my juices flowing to get back to Italy.
Thanks, santa!
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Sep 24th, 2013, 12:23 PM
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Yes, an ex post facto trip report. Here's a link to some photos from the trip. I'm the guy with the shoe on my head, DW is with the bike. Other touristy people are some of the friends with whom we shared the house in umbria near Monterchi but not so near Arezzo, contrary to the title of this trip report.

Other pictures are from other our recent family trips to NYC, Baltimore, and Puerto Rico. You may not be interested in those but I don't know how to show you just the Italy pictures. I'm sorry there are no captions.

Learning how to get photos from iphone to flickr and figuring out how to share it with you has been very difficult for me even though I'm sure it's all very easy once you do it several times. The main trouble is I have about 320 flickr accounts because I never remember the password or the email account I used or the first pet of my second nephew so I just start a new account.

This time I'm writing it down on my secure password protected encrypted little piece of paper I keep hidden under the bed.

I'd appreciate it if you could try and look at the pictures, even if you don't want to, and let me know if it works and if accidentally I have also sent the combination to my bike lock or my children's social security numbers or some other life threatening breach of security.

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Sep 24th, 2013, 12:31 PM
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Brazil and Argentina too.
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Sep 24th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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I saw your photos of Italy; the others are there too. Looks like a fun trip.
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Sep 24th, 2013, 12:50 PM
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Thanks HappyT and for your earlier suggestions too.
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Sep 24th, 2013, 12:56 PM
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No Brazil and Argentina after all. Just as well.
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Sep 25th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Yes the photos work to open.

I love them and that dinner table looks unbelievable. The Italians sure know how to do food in ways that are simple but artistic!!
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Sep 25th, 2013, 01:09 PM
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Thanks SW. Italy is a sweet, vibrant, warm and wonderful place. We miss it already. Time for some chianti, cantaloupe and prosciutto.
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Sep 25th, 2013, 01:21 PM
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Such fun shots. Know what you mean about keeping the categories separate. Let me know if you ever figure it out!
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