Pisa – Exactly What You Expect

“Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.”  Frank Lloyd Wright I rolled into Pisa late in the afternoon and made the walk to my hostel.  I checked in, unloaded my bag, and grabbed my camera. Pisa is a really nice city.  And yes, the tower really…

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June 27, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Meagan - Yeah! that was fun. Next time we’ll have more than one pint.

Florence, Part Two – Late Night Concerts And Huge Steaks

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson On my second day in Florence, I woke up early and headed to see Michael Angelo’s David.  There are certain things in this world that live up to their billing and others that do not.  I was afraid…

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Florence, Part One – Beautiful Days And Operatic Nights

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”  Charles Mingus I arrived in Florence about noon and took a leisurely stroll towards the hostel.  A stand at a local market provided a great stop for some delicious cheese, and so I stopped for a while to do some people…

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June 18, 2012 - 5:24 pm

john - jake, I really enjoy keeping up with your journey. Beautiful stuff.

Siena – Crazy Dishes And Delicious Cookies

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein Siena is a hidden gem of a city.  There are some really great things to do and see here. I’ll admit that while not totally motivated by it, I had tried some cookies from Siena while I was WWOOFing that were so good that I would…

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WWOOFing – Why I Chose To Work On My Vacation

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”  Elise Boulding Months…

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Orvieto – One Stop You Should Absolutely Make

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter … to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”…

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