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TMB: A rest stop in Courmayeur.  23 July 2004.  Courmayeur Hike Italy TMB The Alps
Jul 23, 2004
  The Alps, Hike, Italy, Courmayeur, TMB  
TMB: The views from Bonatti.  25 July 2004.  Hike Italy TMB The Alps
Jul 25, 2004
  Italy, Hike, The Alps, TMB  
TMB: Bonatti to Ferret.  26 July 2004.  Hike Italy Switzerland TMB The Alps
Jul 26, 2004
  The Alps, Hike, Italy, Switzerland, TMB  
Barcelona to Milan to Belluno.  2 July 2006.  Barcelona Belluno Italy
Jul 2, 2006
  Belluno, Barcelona, Italy  
Dolomites map.  2 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy Maps The Alps
Jul 2, 2006
  Hike, Italy, Dolomites, Maps, The Alps  
Belluno to Fodara.  3 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 3, 2006
  Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Fodara to Fanes.  4 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 4, 2006
  Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Fanes to Scotini.  5 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 5, 2006
  Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Scotini to Cinqui Torri.  6 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 6, 2006
  Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Cinque Torri to Cortina.  7 July 2006.  Cortina d'Ampezzo Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 7, 2006
  Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, The Alps, Hike, Italy  
Cortina.  8 July 2006.  Cortina d'Ampezzo Dolomites Italy The Alps
Jul 8, 2006
  Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, The Alps, Italy  
Cortina to Staulanza.  9 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 9, 2006
  Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps  
Staulanza to Tissi.  10 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 10, 2006
  Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps  
Tissi to Sebastiano.  11 July 2006.  Dolomites Hike Italy The Alps
Jul 11, 2006
  Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps  
Sebastiano to Venice.  12 July 2006.  Italy Venice
Jul 12, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
Venice.  13 July 2006.  Italy Venice
Jul 13, 2006
  Italy, Venice  
A long way to go for pizza.  6 November 2014.  Italy Sorrento
Nov 6, 2014
  Italy, Sorrento  
Frozen in time.  7 November 2014.  Italy Pompeii
Nov 7, 2014
  Italy, Pompeii  
Sensory overload.  8 November 2014.  Amalfi Italy
Nov 8, 2014
  Amalfi, Italy  
The path of the gods, Amalfi coast.  8 November 2014.  Amalfi Italy
Nov 8, 2014
  Amalfi, Italy  
Louche life.  10 November 2014.  Capri Islands Italy
Nov 10, 2014
  Capri, Islands, Italy  
Herculaneum.  11 November 2014.  Herculaneum Italy
Nov 11, 2014
  Herculaneum, Italy  
And now for something completely different.  11 November 2014.  Italy Naples
Nov 11, 2014
  Italy, Naples  
Train to Taormina.  12 November 2014.  Italy Messina Sicily Taormina
Nov 12, 2014
  Sicily, Messina, Italy, Taormina  
Eye candy.  13 November 2014.  Italy Sicily Taormina
Nov 13, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Taormina  
Castelmola.  14 November 2014.  Italy Sicily Taormina
Nov 14, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Taormina  
He made us a meal we couldn't refuse.  15 November 2014.  Italy Sicily Siracusa
Nov 15, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Siracusa  
Castello Maniace.  16 November 2014.  Italy Sicily Siracusa
Nov 16, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Siracusa  
Travel's a gamble. I know that going in..  17 November 2014.  Italy Sicily Siracusa
Nov 17, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Siracusa  
La passeggiata.  18 November 2014.  Italy Sicily Siracusa
Nov 18, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Siracusa  
Churchapalooza.  19 November 2014.  Islands Italy Ragusa Sicily
Nov 19, 2014
  Italy, Islands, Ragusa, Sicily  
Breakfast with Angelo.  20 November 2014.  Islands Italy Ragusa Sicily
Nov 20, 2014
  Italy, Islands, Ragusa, Sicily  
Frack!.  21 November 2014.  Islands Italy Modica Sicily
Nov 21, 2014
  Italy, Islands, Modica, Sicily  
Stuck in Ragusa.  22 November 2014.  Islands Italy Ragusa Sicily
Nov 22, 2014
  Italy, Islands, Ragusa, Sicily  
Palermo.  23 November 2014.  Islands Italy Palermo Sicily
Nov 23, 2014
  Italy, Islands, Palermo, Sicily  
Quattro Canti.  24 November 2014.  Italy Palermo Sicily
Nov 24, 2014
  Palermo, Italy, Sicily  
Sicilian cornucopia.  26 November 2014.  Italy Palermo Sicily
Nov 26, 2014
  Palermo, Italy, Sicily  
The Palermitani are looking out for us.  26 November 2014.  Italy Palermo Sicily
Nov 26, 2014
  Sicily, Palermo, Italy  
Competition, success, and fairness.  2 December 2014.  Amalfi Italy
Dec 2, 2014
  Amalfi, Italy  
Travel guide.  4 December 2014.  Capri Italy Naples Sorrento
Dec 4, 2014
  Capri, Italy, Naples, Sorrento  
Serial justice.  7 December 2014.  Italy Sicily Taormina
Dec 7, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Taormina  
Don't know what I'm talking about.  8 December 2014.  Italy Sicily Taormina
Dec 8, 2014
  Sicily, Italy, Taormina  
Herculaneum and Palermo.  12 December 2014.  24-120/4 Herculaneum Italy Palermo Sicily
Dec 12, 2014
  24-120/4, Sicily, Palermo, Italy, Herculaneum  
Lampedusa .  13 June 2015.  Endless War Italy iPhone
Jun 13, 2015
  Italy, iPhone, Endless War  
The Malatrá Valley.  22 August 2018.  Italy Panorama TMB The Alps
Aug 22, 2018
  TMB, The Alps, Panorama, Italy  
Benvenuti in Sardegna.  14 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
Oct 14, 2019
  Cagliari, Italy, Sardinia  
Cagliari art and the medieval city.  15 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
Oct 15, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Cagliari  
Bellissima Cagliari.  16 October 2019.  Cagliari Italy Sardinia
Oct 16, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Cagliari  
The road to Ulassai.  17 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 17, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
A bit of hiking, a bit of art.  18 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 18, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
More hiking, more art.  19 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 19, 2019
  Ulassai, Sardinia, Italy  
More Ulassai.  19 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Oct 19, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Ulassai  
The Supramonte via Fiat.  20 October 2019.  Italy Sardinia
Oct 20, 2019
  Italy, Sardinia  
Orosei and Cala Gonone.  21 October 2019.  Cala Gonone Italy Orosei Sardinia
Oct 21, 2019
  Sardinia, Orosei, Italy, Cala Gonone  
Around Orosei.  22 October 2019.  Italy Orosei Sardinia
Oct 22, 2019
  Sardinia, Orosei, Italy  
Orosei to Alghero.  23 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
Oct 23, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Alghero  
Around Alghero.  24 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
Oct 24, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Alghero  
Bosa in the rain.  25 October 2019.  Bosa Italy Sardinia
Oct 25, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Bosa  
Hiking near Alghero.  26 October 2019.  Alghero Italy Sardinia
Oct 26, 2019
  Sardinia, Italy, Alghero  
Northeast to San Pantaleo.  27 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
Oct 27, 2019
  Sardinia, San Pantaleo, Italy  
Nuraghe La Prisgiona.  28 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
Oct 28, 2019
  Italy, San Pantaleo, Sardinia  
Isola Maddalena.  29 October 2019.  Isola Maddalena Italy Sardinia
Oct 29, 2019
  Italy, Isola Maddalena, Sardinia  
Hiking in San Pantaleo.  30 October 2019.  Italy San Pantaleo Sardinia
Oct 30, 2019
  Italy, San Pantaleo, Sardinia  
A rainy drive to Olbia.  31 October 2019.  Italy Olbia Sardinia
Oct 31, 2019
  Italy, Sardinia, Olbia  
A brief stop in Genoa.  1 November 2019.  Genoa Italy
Nov 1, 2019
  Italy, Genoa  
Arrival in Venice.  1 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 1, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Venice.  1 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 1, 2019
  Venice, Italy  
Art3.  2 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 2, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Two different ways of looking at life.  3 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 3, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Frari church panorama.  3 November 2019.  Italy Panorama Venice
Nov 3, 2019
  Panorama, Italy, Venice  
Peggy Guggenheim Collection.  4 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 4, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Around the canals.  4 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 4, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Something for everyone.  5 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 5, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Biennale day 2.  6 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 6, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Biennale day 3.  7 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 7, 2019
  Italy, Biennale, Venice  
Biennale basics.  7 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 7, 2019
  Biennale, Italy, Venice  
Arrivederci Italia.  8 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 8, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Home again.  10 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 10, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Zattere.  13 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 13, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Giudecca.  14 November 2019.  Italy Venice
Nov 14, 2019
  Italy, Venice  
Film at the Biennale.  15 November 2019.  Biennale Italy Venice
Nov 15, 2019
  Biennale, Italy, Venice  
Ulassai panorama.  20 November 2019.  Italy Sardinia Ulassai
Nov 20, 2019
  Italy, Sardinia, Ulassai  
 
 
 
TMB: A rest stop in Courmayeur  23 July 2004  Courmayeur  Hike  Italy  TMB  The Alps 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy ++      
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy ++      
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy ++      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1525
 
 
TMB: The views from Bonatti  25 July 2004  Hike  Italy  TMB  The Alps 
 
 
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Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc +++      
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc +++      
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc +++      
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti ++      
Regina, Paul, Linda, Emily (hidden), and Zammy
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti ++      
Regina, Paul, Linda, Emily (hidden), and Zammy
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti ++      
Regina, Paul, Linda, Emily (hidden), and Zammy
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy ++      
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy ++      
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy ++      
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1526
 
 
TMB: Bonatti to Ferret  26 July 2004  Hike  Italy  Switzerland  TMB  The Alps 
 
 
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Malatrá valley +      
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
Malatrá valley +      
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
Malatrá valley +      
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley +      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley +      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley +      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Malatrá valley ++      
 
Malatrá valley ++      
 
Malatrá valley ++      
 
Malatrá valley, Italy      
 
Malatrá valley, Italy      
 
Malatrá valley, Italy      
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley +      
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley +      
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley +      
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
Regina at the col      
 
Regina at the col      
 
Regina at the col      
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland      
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland      
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland      
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW +      
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW +      
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW +      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1527
 
 
Barcelona to Milan to Belluno  2 July 2006  Barcelona  Belluno  Italy 
 
 
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Barcelona airport      
 
Barcelona airport      
 
Barcelona airport      
 
Milan train station      
 
Milan train station      
 
Milan train station      
 
Milan train station      
 
Milan train station      
 
Milan train station      
 
Belluno      
 
Belluno      
 
Belluno      
 
Belluno, Italy      
 
Belluno, Italy      
 
Belluno, Italy      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1549
 
 
Dolomites map  2 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  Maps  The Alps 
 
 
 
Dolomite's trails map      
 
Dolomite's trails map      
 
Dolomite's trails map      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1059
 
 
Belluno to Fodara  3 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara      
 
Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara      
 
Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara      
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites      
 
Trail marker      
 
Trail marker      
 
Trail marker      
 
On our way      
 
On our way      
 
On our way      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1511
 
 
Fodara to Fanes  4 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Refugio Fodara ++      
 
Refugio Fodara ++      
 
Refugio Fodara ++      
 
Refugio Fodara +      
 
Refugio Fodara +      
 
Refugio Fodara +      
 
The Dolomites      
 
The Dolomites      
 
The Dolomites      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1514
 
 
Fanes to Scotini  5 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Paul heading down a trail ++      
 
Paul heading down a trail ++      
 
Paul heading down a trail ++      
 
Small chapel      
 
Small chapel      
 
Small chapel      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1513
 
 
Scotini to Cinqui Torri  6 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Paul at breakfast      
 
Paul at breakfast      
 
Paul at breakfast      
 
Paul hiking      
 
Paul hiking      
 
Paul hiking      
 
Parco Naturale +      
 
Parco Naturale +      
 
Parco Naturale +      
 
Colorful mountains ++      
 
Colorful mountains ++      
 
Colorful mountains ++      
 
War ruins +      
 
War ruins +      
 
War ruins +      
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains      
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains      
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi +      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi +      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi +      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1512
 
 
Cinque Torri to Cortina  7 July 2006  Cortina d'Ampezzo  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Rifugio Cinque Torri      
 
Rifugio Cinque Torri      
 
Rifugio Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Dolomites switchback ++      
 
Dolomites switchback ++      
 
Dolomites switchback ++      
 
Dolomites trail      
 
Dolomites trail      
 
Dolomites trail      
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail +      
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail +      
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail +      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Rif Passo Giau      
 
Rif Passo Giau      
 
Rif Passo Giau      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
Dolomites, Italy      
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
Dolomites, Italy      
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina bike race      
 
Cortina bike race      
 
Cortina bike race      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1547
 
 
Cortina  8 July 2006  Cortina d'Ampezzo  Dolomites  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Hotel Ambra      
 
Hotel Ambra      
 
Hotel Ambra      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1548
 
 
Cortina to Staulanza  9 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul in the Dolomites +      
 
Paul in the Dolomites +      
 
Paul in the Dolomites +      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites +      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites +      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites +      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1516
 
 
Staulanza to Tissi  10 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Rifugio Staulanza      
 
Rifugio Staulanza      
 
Rifugio Staulanza      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai +      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai +      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai +      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hiking nuns +++      
 
Hiking nuns +++      
 
Hiking nuns +++      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites ++      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites ++      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites ++      
 
Refugio Tissi ++      
 
Refugio Tissi ++      
 
Refugio Tissi ++      
 
Hiking to Tissi      
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
Hiking to Tissi      
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
Hiking to Tissi      
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
Hike to Tissi ++      
 
Hike to Tissi ++      
 
Hike to Tissi ++      
 
Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 
View from Tissi +++      
 
View from Tissi +++      
 
View from Tissi +++      
 
Tissi +      
 
Tissi +      
 
Tissi +      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1061
 
 
Tissi to Sebastiano  11 July 2006  Dolomites  Hike  Italy  The Alps 
 
 
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Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Dolomites      
 
Dolomites      
 
Dolomites      
 
Hiking trail      
 
Hiking trail      
 
Hiking trail      
 
Dolomites trail      
Around the middle of this photo you can see the trail skirting the rock and heading over the pass.
 
Dolomites trail      
Around the middle of this photo you can see the trail skirting the rock and heading over the pass.
 
Dolomites trail      
Around the middle of this photo you can see the trail skirting the rock and heading over the pass.
 
Dolomites hiking trail      
 
Dolomites hiking trail      
 
Dolomites hiking trail      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1517
 
 
Sebastiano to Venice  12 July 2006  Italy  Venice 
 
 
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Venice canal +      
 
Venice canal +      
 
Venice canal +      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
Ref Sebastiano      
 
 

 
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1515
 
 
Venice  13 July 2006  Italy  Venice 
 
 
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https://www.jamesgaston.ca/1108
 
 
A long way to go for pizza  6 November 2014  Italy  Sorrento 
 
 
 

The first thing we do upon arrival at Naples' airport is catch the bus to Sorrento (10€/person), which should take about ninety minutes. A short wait then we get on the bus. As the bus travels south what I see brings to mind South America with dreary apartment blocks and neglected construction projects. Through the clouds I see outlines of mountains, a promising break from the monotonous sprawl in the foreground. .

As the bus heads towards  Sorrento it hugs a rocky cliff. Here and there terraces hold olive trees with their nets strung between them. Homes seemingly drilled into cliffs perch periously over the Mediterranean. The scenery grows ever more spectacular with each hairpin curve of the road. 

I've read that Sorrento is a good place to stay and a good transit hub. 

I expect Sorrento will make a good base for exploring Naples, Pompeii and Amalfi.  It's a resort town, full of hotels and restaurants and tourists, but very charming. 

The hotel, the Marina Piccola 73, was once a coast guard station but now features nine modern rooms just steps from the water. I'm listening to the beat of ocean waves as I write. The only downside to the hotel is the long set of steps to get up to the town, but I figure the exercise is good.

The last thing we do this long first day of holiday is walk up to Sorrento to buy wine and eat pizza. The pizza - anchovies, tomato sauce, and basil - is wonderful but I expect that. Naples is the birthplace of pizza so they've had time to perfect it.

One picture was taken from the hotel room balcony looking out at Sorrento's small harbor. The other is the road to the harbor.

 
 
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Road to harbour +++      
 
Road to harbour +++      
 
Road to harbour +++      
 
https://www.jamesgaston.ca/190
 
 
Frozen in time  7 November 2014  Italy  Pompeii 
 
 
 

Today we catch the Circumvesuviana train in order to travel back in time to AD 79. No, we aren't becoming Dr. Who companions. Our destination is Pompeii, a city famous for being preserved in volcanic stone until it was discovered in 1594. Pompeii, in case you've forgotten your history, had the misfortune of being located a stone's throw from the active volcano Vesuvius. Today Vesuvius remains the only active volcano on the European mainland though there's another just offshore in Sicily.

Despite the discovery, excavation of Pompeii did not begin until 1748 and as of today only two-thirds is complete. Given the state of the Italian economy this last third may take awhile.

Walking through what remains of Pompeii is not unlike walking through Ephesus or Macchu Picchu. Lots of stone (what else would survive hundreds of years?) streets and walls in various states of decay. Comparing the three ruins I'd say Pompeii ranks between the two in terms of interest.

I'm no archaeologist but to me Ephesus is the least interesting of the three. It's a jumble of rocks and columns in a not-very-interesting part of Turkey. Machu Picchu, on the other hand, is a complete city composed of beautifully crafted and placed stone. Furthermore, Machu Picchu is built on a lush mountaintop and surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas.

Pompeii is more like Machu Picchu. Not quite as impressive but impressive nevertheless. It's a complete city which tells a story and offers plenty of interesting spaces for exploration.

Pompeii features stone streets that doubled as sewers, fountains, murals,mosaics, even counters with built-in holes to hold hot food (I thought the holes were toilets until the guidebook said otherwise).

Many of the artifacts discovered in Pompeii were removed from the site and placed in Naples' Museo Archeologico Nazionale.

The accompanying picture is a bit of Pompeii and not the most interesting bit at that, but it will have to do. I shoot with an iPhone to have something to accompany my posts, but the better shots will appear once I'm home and can download/process them from the dslr.

 
 
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Sensory overload  8 November 2014  Amalfi  Italy 
 
 
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Original title: I'm f@&!ing tired.

The weather today is perfect for hiking so after an early breakfast we head out to walk the Sentiero degli dei or path of the gods. The famous path hugs the cliffs along the Amalfi coast and is said to offer spectacular views of the rocky cliffs and the towns seemingly tumbling down the hillsides to the sea.

The 6km path starts near Bomerano and ends just short of Positano. Problem is, to get to Bomerano you need to pass through Amalfi (the town, not the coast) but the road to Amalfi is closed due to a landslide. So we take the bus to Praiano to hike to the trailhead. This allows us to skip Bomerano but it adds two kilometers in the form of a steep climb. 

The Amalfi coast bus ride reminds me of a roller coaster: imagine a full-sized bus speeding along a narrow hairpin-curvy mountain road, dodging parked cars, mopeds, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Add to this the fact that much of the road is hanging off a cliff high over the Mediterranean. It's spectacular - the views are picture postcard stunning - but the ride is scary. I keep telling myself the bus driver does this every day so don't worry. By the time we get off the bus I feel like I need a strong drink.

Once in Praiano we search for the trailhead. We walk up steep narrow streets. The local bus, smaller than the one we rode in on, is said to require 8-point turns along its route. The streets get smaller and smaller until they are merely passageways and stairs. Soon we are walking up one long staircase, with awkwardly high steps. We are on the stairs almost two hours because we take several breaks on the way up. Finally we reach the trailhead at about 600m elevation.

The path itself, the Sentiero degli dei, is an easy hike. Reasonably well marked with both text signs and the red/white paint stripes we are familiar with having hiked so many times in the Alps. The views are stunning: the blue sea, the rocky cliffs, the flowers and trees, and the cities of Praiano, Nocella, and Montepertuso. It is a treat for the eyes. Along the way we talk to fellow hikers and befriend a few dogs. One dog puts on a show by herding a small group of bell-ringing goats.

The trail ends in the small town of Montepertuso at which point we are back on stairs but at least we are heading down.

In Positano it's a short wait for the bus that will take us back to Sorrento. We are really looking forward to sitting down. The bus pulls up. It's full. I've read that the Amalfi coast busses are typically full but since it's off season and the road is closed before Amalfi we're surprised. Paul and I and several others stand the whole way back to Sorrento. We also soon find that the bus driver goes just as fast when full as not, and we spend the hour ride hanging on for dear life. 

It's been a perfect day - thrills, chills, and lots of pretty scenery. 

Two of the accompanying pictures were taken with my iPhone from the bus while we were in Positano. The rest (taken with the 24-120 at about 24) are of the Path of the Gods, which parallels the Amalfi coast. The water fountain isn't much to look at but when I saw it I felt such relief. I knew we were on the the path and were through climbing the steps out of Praiano. I've never climbed so many bloody steps than that day. 

 
 
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The path of the gods, Amalfi coast  8 November 2014  Amalfi  Italy 
 
 
 

 
 
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Louche life  10 November 2014  Capri  Islands  Italy 
 
 
 

Capri (pronounced CA-pri) brings to mind movie stars, jet setters, and risque behaviour. This isn’t something recent. The island’s louche reputation goes back to the time of Emperor Tiberius in 27 AD who is said to have thrown tiresome ex-lovers off the island’s steep cliffs.

The list of notable thrill-seekers who’ve been drawn to Capri is very long, including the Marquis de Sade, Oscar Wilde, and D.H.Lawrence.

Capri was also held to be home to the Sirens, whose song lured men to their doom, though other cities, even Sorrento, make the same claim.

We, too, can not resist the Sirens' song so we catch a ferry to Capri, which is a half-hour from Sorrento.

Capri is an intriguing island even viewed from afar. It rises almost vertically from the Mediterranean, a mix of rocky cliffs splashed with lush greenery.

The Caremar ferry (27€ return) makes me really appreciate BC ferries. This Italian ferry is a mess: rusty, dishevelled, almost scary in its apparent lack of maintenance. For the same price BC Ferries delivers an impeccable service. 

The ferry delivers us to the port of Capri town from where we catch the funicular (1.8€) to the town proper. 

Capri town is very pretty with car-free walkways and whitewash buildings beautifully appointed with greenery and flowers. Bougainvillea, lantana, and cyclamen are just a few of the plants flowering, and it's only November.

Of course, this being a playground for the rich and famous, Capri is well-stocked with spendy stores, restaurants, and hotels.

But I digress. On arrival in Capri town we take a small bus (1.8€) up a windy cliffside road to Anacapri, another pretty town that looks a lot like its lower-altitude and similarly-named twin. From here we hike to the highest point on the island, Monte Solaro (589m). The views from the peak are well worth the trek even though some clouds are moving in.

We hike back down to Anacapri where we visit Giardini di Augusto, founded by the Emperor Augustus. The garden’s high point is the view of the Isole Faraglioni, three limestone pinnacles that rise vertically from the sea, as well as a wall of rocky cliffs that rise up above.

From Anacapri we head back to Capri town to catch the ferry to Sorrento.

For such a small island there is lots to see, much more than we had time to do in one day. I’ll definitely keep Capri in mind for a return visit.

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