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We see dead people and gators

First stop of the day – St. Louis Cemetery #1 No trip to New Orleans is worthwhile without at least one cemetery tour, so we decide to double the worth by making a second cemetery trip. This time it’s St. Louis Cemetery #1, the burial place... 

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Tour of the 9th Ward by car

Wednesday is rainy and cold, and since we are lucky enough to have a rental car, we drive all over New Orleans after our day’s activities to have a look around. Each neighborhood is distinct in character, and the colors and architectural styles... 

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Touring in the rain, but not deterred

We are well and truly in New Orleans, now. So the day must start with a visit to the venerable Cafe Du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait. Huge, crowded, and an institution, le cafe is battened down for the day against a hostile wind and a frigid drizzle.... 

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Hello, New Orleans!

Our first visit to a great city How could we all be this old and never have come to New Orleans before? Well, now we have, and there’s so much to explore. Turns out the American aviation system can deposit two people from Nevada and two people from... 

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Three bittersweet farewells in one day

Hard as it is to accept, our trip is really coming to an end. We’ve seen amazing sites on two separate land masses, have spoken a foreign tongue, have walked until our feet are swollen, have seen an active volcano, amazing antiquities, beautiful... 

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Bologna Thursday — Time to reflect and consider

The rooftop of the Hotel San Donato is the perfect place to sketch — and to appreciate the ancient towers, churches, red tiles rooftops, and iron crosses that stretch out in waves. We don’t have much time left in this beautiful city, so we... 

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Bologna Wednesday: Off to Florence

We plunk down our 50 Euros per person for a round trip on the high-speed train to Florence. This will give us a new experience — riding a train in Italy — and will get us back to our tourist-free Bologna streets by dinnertime. Looking forward... 

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A whole world under a library

We know it’s true that a library holds entire worlds, but few libraries hold an actual ancient civilization under the floorboards. Visit the Instituzione Biblioteche del Comune di Bologna, and you will definitely want to look in the basement. The... 

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Bologna Monday

Rick Steve’s is totally wrong. Bologna is very much worth a visit, and very much worth an extended stay. First off, breakfast at the Hotel San Donato is great. You can even make yourself a caprese salad. Or, choose yogurt and muesli, hard-boiled... 

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Santo Stefano: A Bologna landmark

As the detailed booklet we bought for five Euros tells us, “it was probably a pure, rich spring that began the wonderful history of Santo Stefano about 2,000 yeas ago.” About a five-block walk from the Hotel San Donato in Bologna’s central... 

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