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The Five Lands

I hope you get the chance to hike the Cinque Terre someday.  The Cinque Terre (“CHINK-kweh TAY-reh”) or “The Five Lands” refer to five (cinque) remote villages tucked into a remote section of the Italian Riviera on the Mediterranean coast. Until the last century, these towns were pretty much inaccessible, even to each others’ residents. Until 1545 they were regularly invaded by pirates.

Here's the group photo Rodney mentioned

The photo was taken on our last morning in Stresa, after breakfast.

Guest blog

After another great breakfast we gathered in the lobby of the Regina Palace Hotel on the marble staircase for a group photo.  Then it was to the bus and to Lago Orta, where we next visited Isola San Giulio.

Orta

 As I’m writing this we are streaming through the green rice fields and farmlands of northwestern Italy, the country’s breadbasket. This would all look familiar to you, except for the centuries-old stone farmhouses, white egrets, and brown buzzards perched along the highway like red-tailed hawks.  We’re crossing the Po River, headed south to the Italian Riviera.

Dear Rick Steves,

An open letter to Rick Steves:

The Frothy Swiss Thing

For me, the second day in the resort town of Stresa, Italy unfolded in flashes of detail; a tiny green fern growing out of a crack in the wall, a clear glass of grappa, two girls in bikinis playing with dogs on the beach. A train carried us through the mountains, across the border north into Locarno, Switzerland for lunch.

Stresa

The WXXI Travel Club landed in Milan Sunday morning, jazzed and tired after an overnight flight from New York.  A bus carried us through hills, vineyards, and quarries to the resort town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore, a few miles from the Swiss border.  Here was everything already loved and familiar; emerald woods, sapphire waters, hills, fragrant gardens.  I’ve heard the Finger Lak

Next stop, Italy . . .

Watch this space for pictures and highlights.

Guitar heroes

Hooray for Google!  By placing a virtual guitar at the fingertips of computer users, the powerful search engine inspired millions (billions?) of people to make music. Look below for three creative uploads from the two-day global music fest.  If you miss it, the Google Guitar has a permanent home here.  What can you play?

Luna moth

There’s a fine line between passion and compulsion. German composer Robert Schumann walked it.  

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