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2019 OCTOBER 19, 20 & 21, INDONESIA, BALI, Sanur Beach

the relax continues, then we change islands

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SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 120

Hotel pool day, only heading out for cocktails and food.

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SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 121

Same today as yesterday.

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MONDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2019, DAY 122

Time for another change of scenery. We depart Bali Island today to fly to Lombok Island. As our flight was late afternoon, we spent the day at a Nusa Dua Beach.

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Our flight was delayed so we spent a bit of time at the airport trying to amuse ourselves.

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By the time we arrived in Lombok and were transferred to our hotel, it was time to head across the road for a pizza dinner.

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2019 OCTOBER 18, INDONESIA, BALI, Sanur Beach

A day trip to mix it up

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FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 119

Today we threw in a day tour to mix things up a bit, couple of beach stops, ending with sunset on Kuta Beach.

PANDAWA BEACH - we went for a swim but there was a strong undertow.

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DREAMLAND BEACH - water looked beautiful, but way too rough to swim in the ocean. we had lunch in a nice little warung near the beach.

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NUSA DUA BEACH
- much nicer, we spent a few hours here and dipped in the water several times.

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KUTA BEACH - sunset beers with the masses.

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2019 OCTOBER 16 & 17, INDONESIA, Sanur Beach

couple of days by Sanur Beach


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WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 117

A change of scenery, but the next couple of days were much of the same. Beach/pool time, lemon beers/cocktails and great food!

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THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 118

More of the same today, ending with a fun cocktail session at sunset.

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2019 OCTOBER 15, INDONESIA, Ubud day trip

Day trip out of Ubud

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TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 116

We had a full day out today.

First stop, ALAS HARUM where we tried LUWAK COFFEE.

Kopi luwak or civet coffee is a coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. Not-really-digested, then pooped out, collected up, cleaned, roasted and ground for our drinking pleasure. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

We were not sure how much of the shit was removed from the coffee, cause we all - bar Wendy - thought the coffee tasted like shit! These animals are nocturnal and they are only in the cages during the day while they sleep. They are let out at night into the wild and have be trained to return at dawn to a big feed of red coffee berries, which they love. So during the day they poop out the undigested coffee beans which are then collected to make the Luwak Coffee.

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Second stop, TEMPAK SIRING - THE HOLY SPRING WATER TEMPLE - where Miss April and I entered the water and were cleansed under the springs.

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Third stop, TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE, the valley of the rice terraces where we stopped to enjoy the view and have a great lunch. Lyn and I ventured down into the rice fields.

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Fourth stop, TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL, where Lyn, Miss A and I were the only ones to brave the steps down and swim in the water below.

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GREAT DAY OUT!

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2019 OCTOBER 14 , INDONESIA, Ubud

We love you Ubud, oh yes we do!

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MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 115

It's a hot day in Ubud again today.

Lyn, Oskar and I went for a walk around the centre of Ubud, past the monkey forest. No need to pay to go inside the monkey forest, there are enough of the cheeky buggers out on the street. Regular refreshments were necessary.

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Regular refreshments were necessary - coffee happy hour.

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Bruin beer o'clock:
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And this was the day Wendy had her fall and trip to the doctor.

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2019 OCTOBER 12 & 13 INDONESIA, Ubud

Time for some R & R

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SATURDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 113

Out and about around town. Lotus Garden. Radlers. Pool. Massages.

It's hot again so some pool time after breakfast at our hotel.

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We did brave the heat and went for a walk to the Ubud Lotus Garden in the main street.

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Then a few beers to cool off.

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SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 114

A walk through the Subak Juwak Manis rice fields, stopped for a drink.

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Another quick look at the lotus garden, more flowers out today than yesterday.

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Happy hour coffee at Mingle Cafe.

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The night ended with cocktails and dinner at Mingle Café.

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2019 OCTOBER 08 to 11, INDONESIA, Java

Java Road Trip day 6, 7 & 8

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TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER, DAY 109

Another hot day, we visited another temple complex.

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Borobudur
Borobudur, or Barabudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang Regency, not far from the town of Muntilan, in Central Java, Indonesia.
It is the world's largest Buddhist temple.
The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome.
It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.

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After a quick look around the shopping street in Yogykarta (we didn't buy anything) we headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool and a relaxing afternoon.

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WEDNESDAY 9TH OCTOBER, DAY 110

Today we had a massive driving day all the way across Java. A very early start and a late finish, we spent the day in the van.

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THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER, DAY 111

To recover from yesterdays long drive, we crossed over back onto the island of Bali and had a relax day back at Pemuteran Beach.

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FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER, DAY 112

Our last day on our Java tour, on our way to Ubud, we stopped at the Twin Lakes lookout to watch the monkeys.

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We stopped for BABI GULING lunch!

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2019 OCTOBER 05 TO 07, INDONESIA, JAVA

Java Road Trip day 3, 4 & 5

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SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2019 DAY 106

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Today we had a big drive to get into the mountains near at Mt Bromo National Park. We checked into our hotel and chillaxed for the rest of the day.

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It was a lot colder up at this altitude and we all bought beanies to wear tonight, but mostly for tomorrow. As tomorrow we are heading up Mt Bromo to watch the sunrise!

SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 107

Up at 2.30am to drive up to the top of Mt Bromo to watch the sunrise. Us and 500 other Toyota Land Cruisers full of tourists (mainly Indonesians).

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There were huge crowds at the top of the mountain which was a little surprising to me. Sure it was a great sunrise, but just great. And it's not like it was a reward after trekking up to top of the mountain, everyone there had arrived in a motor vehicle that waited in line to get to the top and then searched for a non existing car park. Not quite sure why this sunrise attracts so many viewers.

It was cold and very dusty, hence the face masks. Before returning to attempt to find our vehicles for the winding trip back down the mountain, we stopped at one of the little refreshment shacks to have a warming drink.

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We waited roadside for our lifts to find us, then joined the still existing line up down the hill.

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It was cold, but not freezing as we expected. Personally, I prefer SUNSET to sunrise, the timing and all! But this was quite an experience. After the sunrise we stopped in the SAVANNAH VALLEY for a couple of photos.

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, known locally as Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru (TNBTS) is a national park located in East Java, Indonesia.
It is the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a sand sea,[2] the Tengger Sand Sea (Indonesian: Laut Pasir Tengger), across which is the caldera of an ancient volcano (Tengger) from which four new volcanic cones have emerged. This unique feature covers a total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100 meters (6,900 ft).[2] The massif also contains the highest mountain in Java,[3] Mount Semeru (3,676 meters (12,060 ft)), four lakes and 50 rivers. It is named after the Tengger tribe. An erg (also sand sea or dune sea, or sand sheet if it lacks dunes) is a broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand with little or no vegetative cover.

The Tengger Sand Sea has been protected since 1919. The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park was declared a national park in 1982.

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MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 108

Another big drive day today, we left Bromo and headed to Yogyakarta, via a stop off at Prambanan Temple.

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Prambanan Temple Compound
Prambanan or Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimūrti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Transformer. The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

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2019 OCTOBER 03 to 04, INDONESIA, Pemuteran Beach, Java

Java road trip day 1 and 2.

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THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2019 DAY 104

So today we are leaving the island and my friend Wayan (who Dolly and I met here in Bali last year) is taking us on a 7 day tour to his home island of Java. I have left the itinerary totally in his hands. We will be all travelling altogether in a minivan and Wayan is organizing the accomodation, tours and has the task of finding us places to eat.

A very early start today as we left the beautiful relaxing Nusa Lembongan to start our JAVA TOUR. Wayan and our driver was waiting to collect us at the port when we arrived.
As we were the first boat trip of the day, there was a lovely lady who put offerings on the boats motors for morning blessing.

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We headed north up into the hills, driving up the middle of the island of Bali to the northern coast. Lots of monkeys on the side of the road who did not seem to be scared of man or machine.

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We stopped for lunch at a place overlooking the lakes, it was a bit chilly up there and we all opted for BAKSO - a kind of soup for lunch. Very tasty, as well as the coffee and lemon tea, which warmed us all up.

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After 4 hours travel we reached the north coast and our stop for tonight. We are staying @ Doubleyou Homestay in Pemuteran Beach. Lovely rooms with outdoor shower room. And the pool was set in a beautiful garden. Lucky the temperature at sea level was much warmer and we all had a swim in the lovely hotel pool.

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We crossed the busy road and headed to the beach to watch an amazing sunset. There was some kind of festival on at the beach and there were lots of locals out eating and enjoying the entertainment. We found an assortment of food outlets that managed to satisfy all of us.

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FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2019 DAY 105

This morning we went snorkeling off Menjangan Island. The sun was out and the water was just amazing and we saw lots and lots and lots of colourful fish.

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We stopped at 2 different locations, and had lunch in between.

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After lunch we had another snorkeling stop.

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And now some really good underwater pic our guide took with Dolly's underwater camera.

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After our snorkeling trip return to the beach, Wayan was waiting there for us to take off straight away. We drove the short distance to the nearby port to wait for a motor vehicle ferry that would carry us from the island of Bali to the island of Java. We had a short wait and then the crossing took about an hour, plus we had to wait our turn to berth on the Java side.

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Once on Java we drove straight to our accomodation for the night as it was already late afternoon. Tonight we stayed in bungalows @ Mirah Hotel and after a full day out we all took time out to have a relax before dinner. I found the hotel pool and went for a swim.

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We walked just a short distance up the street and found an restaurant with outdoor seating to have dinner. Wayan had to act as interpreter as the restaurant staff did not speak English. I'm proud of the Bali Seven as none of them complained about the location of our eating establishment. Some of our party have not travelled very much and especially not in Asia so I was a little worried they might be a bit fussy about where we eat. But everyone seemed happy with tonight's (and last night's choices).

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2019 SEPT 30 to OCT 02 INDONESIA, Bali, Lembongan Island

Island paradise day 3 & 4 & 5

sunny 30 °C
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MONDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 101

Lazy day by the beautiful pool of our hotel.

We went out only to eat.

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TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2019 DAY 102

Today we did a day trip to Nusa Penida, the bigger island right next to this one.

We were picked up and transferred to boat near the mangroves. Speed boated across to Penida Island where we bumped around the unkept roads to a couple of lovely sights.

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KELINGKING BEACH - spectacular from above, none of us fancied the climb down or back up.

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Lunch stop before we head to the beach.

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CRYSTAL BAY BEACH - another lovely spot, but a bit rough for us all to go for a swim. I braved the cool water but had to watch for the strong pull out to sea. Punters on the beach opted for a nap in the shade with the sound of the waves hitting the beach.

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We returned to Nusa Lembongan and walked down the street for cocktails, then dinner.

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WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2019 DAY 103

After a lazy morning we took a taxi to the Yellow Bridge that joins Nusa Ceningan to Nusa Lembongan.

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We found a nice place to have lunch - OCEAN BROTHERS HOTEL & RESTAURANT that let us use the pool also. It was a very relaxing day and we stayed there watching the sunset. Just on dark we walked back across the Yellow Bridge and ate in a very local place, then struggled to get a taxi back to hotel.

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2019 SEPTEMBER 28 to 30 INDONESIA, Bali, Lembongan Island

Island paradise day 1 & 2

sunny 27 °C
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SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 99

Moving day today, we checked out of the Grand Kumala Hotel in Legian and were transferred to Sanur Harbour to catch a fast boat to Lembongan Island.

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We watched as everyone's luggage was carried down the beach to the waters edge and deposited on our boat. Then it was our turn to wade into knee deep water and climb in the back of the boat.

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Boat journey was less than an hour, then we waited for our luggage to be unloaded then were transferred to our accommodation. Transfer to our accomodation was included in the ticket for the ferry. The Cozy Villas will be our home for the next 5 nights, and first impressions were good. Great pool, and our villas are great too.

We ventured just to the closest warung for an early dinner as we did not have any lunch. Think we all gunna like this island stay.

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SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 100

We spent the morning lazing in and around the pool. Testing our snorkel masks and underwater camera and generally doing nothing. Wonderful.

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Starting to get hungry we walked down towards the beach to see what we could find.

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DREAM BEACH & DEVIL'S TEAR BAY

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We stopped for a late lunch which turned out to be even later as we waited almost an hour for our food.

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Then had to rush home for a quick swim before our 5pm pick up to return to Dream Beach for cocktail happy hour to watch the sunset. Happy hour cocktails were 2 for price of 1 @ IDR100,000 .

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We got the free transport back to our accommodation and returned to the place next door for dinner again.

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2019 SEPTEMBER 26 to 27 INDONESIA, Bali, Legian

Hello to the Bali Seven!

sunny 30 °C
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THURSDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 97

Our flight from Rome to Bali was via Bangkok, where we had to change planes. We met Dolly at Bangkok airport and shared a flight with her to Denpasar.
My good friend Wayan was at the airport to collect us and deliver us to our hotel in Legian. There waiting for us, having arrived earlier in the day, was Miss April, Wendy, Jo &Oskar. Welcome to the Bali Seven, let the Indo Adventure begin.

After catching up with everyone, and sorting out the hotels rooms and who was sharing with who, we went to a restaurant just down the street for our first 'group dinner'.

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FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 98

So, the Indo Adventure has begun! We had a relax day around Legian today just to get our bearings and to recover from any jetlag - (hey some of us had flown from Europe remember). Weather is beautiful of course and after breakfast we decided to go for a stroll around the nearby streets, do a little shopping.

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Then we headed down to the beach for a drink and a bit of lunch.

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Back to the hotel for an afternoon swim and some relaxing.

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Dinner was had at the Souvlaki Greek restaurant that Dolly and I frequented last year when we were here.

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2019 SEPTEMBER 22 to 25, ITALY, Vitrochiano and more

Seeing more places off the map.

overcast 23 °C
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SUNDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 93

Relaxing day in today. It rained most of the day so it was nice to have a day off sight seeing and what better day than Sunday.

MONDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 94

Still overcast, but not raining today, so we decided to go out for a drive to the Decathlon store we passed a few days ago. As always could not resists a few purchases.

Our Airbnb
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We stopped for a cafe latte.

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Then on to the town of BAGNAIA. Walked around the old village.

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Next place was just a random pick on the map, but SORIANO NEL CIMINO turned out to be a little gem.

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Time for a gelato.

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TUESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 95

Our last full day in Italy, sun was shining so we ventured out to Bomarzo to visit the Park of Monsters, this was an interesting place.
Then on to ORTE for a walk around our last medieval town.

History: SACRO BOSCO DI BOMARZO. Bomarzo, a village in Lazio at the foot of Mount Cimino, possesses a unique work, the Villa of Marvels, also called the Sacred Wood or Park of Monsters. lt was designed by Prince Vicino Orsini and the great architect Pirro Ligorio in 1552. The park is unique, even if it belongs to the erudite architectural-naturalistic culture of the second half of the sixteenth century. Refined ltalian style gardens follow geometric and perspective rationality with embellishments such as wide terraces, fountains with water games and mannerist sculptures. On the contrary the learned Prince of Bomarzo dedicated himself to creating an eccentric "wood" having the blocks of peperino emerging from the ground sculpted into enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons, mythological subjects and exotic animals, a crooked house, a funerary temple, fountains, seats and obelisks with carved mottoes and inscriptions. The Sacred Wood is an unusual solution which does not follow sixteenth century usage; the different elements have no perspective relationship between each other and have no coherence or common proportions. Everything is invented with iconological criteria which escape even the most impassioned scholars, a labyrinth of symbols which envelopes anyone who enters. They inspired many artists at the time including Annibal Caro, Bitussi and Cardinal Madruzzo. After the death of Vicino Orsini nobody took charge of the place and it only began to be appreciated by intellectuals and artists such as Claude Lorrain, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Salvador Dali, Mario Praz and Maurizio Calvesi after centuries of neglect.

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Picnic lunch.

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Orte.

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Time for gelato!

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WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 96

I drove from Vitrochiano to Fiumicino Airport this morning, no hassles.

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Returned hire car, then checked in for our flight to Bangkok. We were 10kg overweight with our luggage, but the bags were sent through without a mention. Bit of drama about Indo visa but all sorted in the end. Lyn and I had a quick snack at airport before our long 11 hour flight.

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2019 SEPTEMBER 20 to 21 ITALY, Vitrochiano and surrounds

Exploring the unknown places.

sunny 27 °C
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FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 91

Lyn feeling better today so we headed out to explore the area a little. First stop was the MEDIEVIL village of VITORCHIANO, where we are staying just outside of.

Vitrochiano is a small town about 95km north of Rome, near the local provincial capital of Viterbo. It is built above an Etruscan settlement and like other such sites in the region, it clings to a peperino rock bluff perched above two deep gorges, an impregnable position. The town is surrounded by 13th-century walls and the beautifully preserved historical center can be accessed from the main gate, Porta Romana. Several panoramic viewpoints look over the gorges below.

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View of village from across the valley.

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Next stop was the ruined village of CELLANO, where we had an ice cream.

Celleno is located in the eastern part of the Tuscia area of Viterbo and is set in the countryside dotted with cherry trees. The old hamlet is by now uninhabited and it is located on the top of the hill, a little far from the new Celleno. The old hamlet consists mainly of small red tuff houses, without plaster, for the most part in ruins, because they were abandoned after the disastrous earthquakes that caused great damage to the village. Some finds testify the presence of the first settlements dating back to the 13th century B.C., but probably the area was already inhabited in the Neolitic age as it is proved by the finding of stone weapons dating back to that period. Celleno is located in a strategic position and being on the road for Viterbo , it was invaded by the Romans that seized it in 264 B.C. throwing the Etruscans out. Later it was attacked and sacked by the Goths, the Longobards and the Byzantines.

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Quick stop for lunch with a view.

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Our third stop was LUBRIANO which offered amazing views over the valley where Civita di Bagnoregio stands.

Lubriano overlooks the Valle dei Calanchi, the deep jagged ochre clay gullies that make this part of Tuscia so characteristic, just in front of Civita di Bagnoregio, a little more than 100 km from Rome.

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Civita di Bagnoregio

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We returned home after stopping at a supermarket for supplies. Enough for today, Lyn had done very well up and about.
I cooked pasta with pesto and pork.

SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 92

Another day out exploring. Today we went for a drive around Lake Bolsena.

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We stopped and visited 3 villages/towns. MARTA CAPODIMONTE BOLSENA

Lake Bolsena is sometimes called Italy’s belly button from its shape and location in the middle of the peninsula. It is located about 100 km north of Rome and is surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of Northern Lazio. Lake Bolsena is the largest lake in the region of northern Lazio, but it is the largest volcanic lake in all of Europe. It was formed about 370,000 years ago, when the multiple volcanoes of the region spewed forth so much that the underlying rock in the area of the lake, the caldera, collapsed into a deep bowl. This bowl was gradually filled by rain water and underwater sources. The volcanoes continued underwater, forming the two islands in the middle of the lake, L’Isola Bisentina and L’Isola Martana. The lake covers an area of 115 sq km (44 sq miles) and has a circumference of 43km or 28 miles. It is a deep lake as well, reaching a maximum depth of 151 meters or 500 feet. Unlike most lakes, Lake Bolsena displays tidelike movements, called “sessa” with the difference between low and high tides being as much as 50cm or 20 inches.

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Marta.

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Capodimonte

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Always time to stop for gelato.

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Bolsena

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Picnic lunch by the lake, then I went in for a refreshing swim.

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Another big day out exploring the area. It's so nice here, no big well know cities or destinations, it's like discovering unknow Italy.

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2019 SEPTEMBER 16 to 19 ITALY, Civita di Bagnoregio

North to some beautiful villages.

sunny 25 °C
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MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 87

We picked up a hire car from near the train station in Rome today. The process took over an hour of waiting as it was very busy and we were finally on the road just after 1pm. Car hire desk was very busy. With Lyn driving and me navigating, we managed to escape Rome without any problems.
Then switching to small roads heading north to our destination for the next 2 nights Civita di Bagnoregio (thank you Andreia for the recommendation).

Unfortunately less than halfway we had to stop and change drivers as Lyn was feeling sick and could no longer drive. Just in time she had pulled into a shopping center and threw up in the car park. Hopefully it's not anything serious.

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Civita di Bagnoregio was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. The Civita (or City) was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen off the edge of the cliff. By the 16th century, Civita di Bagnoregio was beginning to decline, becoming eclipsed by its former suburb Bagnoregio. At the end of the 17th century, the bishop and the municipal government were forced to move to Bagnoregio because of a major earthquake that accelerated the old town's decline. At that time, the area was part of the Papal States. In the 19th century, Civita di Bagnoregio's location was turning into an island and the pace of the erosion quickened as the layer of clay below the stone was reached in the area where today's bridge is situated. Bagnoregio continues as a small but prosperous town, while the older site became known in Italian as La città che muore ("The Dying Town"). Civita di Bagnoregio has only recently been experiencing a tourist revival.

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I drove the car into the storage car park, as obviously there was no way we could take a car up to the village..
Lyn was still not feeling any better so I took our bags and walked up the causeway to check in to our hotel which was a big splurge @ 80 euro per night, while she remained in the car.

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After returning from my second trip up the causeway and back, it was obvious that Lyn was not well at all and could not even walk. Just lifting her head was making her extremely nauseous. As luck would have it there was a Red Cross person who had a buggy which after a little persuasion and language translation he agreed to drive Lyn and myself up the causeway into the hilltop village.

At the hotel Lyn literally crawled up the steps to our first floor room and went direct to lay down on the bed. I went for a walk around the village as the sun was setting. There was no one around, if perhaps this place is busy with tourists during the day, it is dead quiet after they have all left.

Unfortunately there was nothing open either and I had to make do with the meager supplies we had left to scrape together something for myself for dinner. The accomodation we are staying in is also a restaurant, but it like everywhere else here was not open. Lyn said she didn't want anything, trying to sleep off whatever was ailing her.

I walked around this magical village just as the sun was setting, taking photos of the empty alleyways.

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This place is just so special, I really hope Lyn is feeling better tomorrow so she can appreciate our amazing surroundings.

TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 88

Another beautiful day in this beautiful hilltop village. Unfortunately, Lyn is still ill and spent the whole laying down in bed. She is still suffering from a blocked ear and vertigo. Our landlord when to the pharmacy today and collected some ear drops so we hope they take effect overnight and she wakes up being able to move without throwing up.

So I spent the day wandering around the village by myself. I also walked into the nearby town to buy some food. Our accomodation did supply breakfast with our accomodation, but that was just half a cup of coffee and a small pastry, so I needed to go and have something more substantial.
Lyn was still not eating and only had a cup of tea and some crackers to keep her going.

This place really is beautiful and amazing and I walked around with very few tourists enjoying the old village, taking lots of photos. There was actually more resident cats than tourists visiting today.

Chiesa di San Donato (St Donato Church) was on the same main square as our hotel.

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I went for another walk as the sun was setting to get some photos of the causeway and hilltop village in the golden light. It was dark by the time I returned again.

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WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 89

Today we had to leave the beautiful Civita Di Bagnoregio as we only had 2 nights booked there! Lyn is feeling a little better, enough to be able to walk to the car slowly, but we are going to find a doctor for her today because she cannot continue travelling in her present state. Managed to get a quick selfie with Lyn on the way down. Excuse her 'bed hair' as she has been in bed for the last 2 days. I'm sure we will return here on another trip to Italy.

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So we called into the nearest doctors office in Bagnoregio as advised by our hotel owner, but they were not able to help Lyn. Said we needed to go to a hospital. Mr Google advised there was a hospital in the town of Montefiascone which was sort of on the way to our next accommodation location. We arrived there and Lyn was taken in straight away while I parked the car. Doctor confirmed ear infection and gave us prescription for some antibiotics which we purchased from a pharmacy down the road.

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In the emergency room of the Montefiascone hospital.

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Short drive to our B & B in Vitrochiano, a lovely house in the country. Looks like a great place to get well. We stopped on the way at a supermarket to load up on supplies for the next few days in case we are unable to go out. We fly out of Italy in about a week and Lyn's ear really needs to be a lot better before then.

On the road to recovery.

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THURSDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2019 DAY 90

Recovery day at our B & B. Our lovely hosts bought us lunch, spaghetti with clams and bruschetta with salmon and lemon. OMG so yummy, how nice are they!

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About 2pm the rain started, lots of sounds of rolling thunder and its quite fresh outside. Good day to be chilling out indoors.

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Lyn is definitely on the mend. She is eating so that is a good sign. The antibiotics seem to be working.

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