Tuscan Hill Towns

    Day 1

    DAY 01 - May 5, 2005 - Depart U.S.

    We woke up to a beautiful morning with a Colorado Blue sky. Gennie and I were able to leave the house about 1:15 PM and took a picture of Pikes Peak in its snowy glory. We made our way to Denver,...

    Day 2

    DAY 02 - May 06, 2005 - Arrive Florence, Italy & Reception

    Daylight began to seep around the window shades around 5 AM as we were crossing over Iceland. The plane was quiet by this time as the flight crew were having a little rest and the passengers in the...

    Day 3

    DAY 03 - May 07, 2005 - Discover Florence

    We woke up this morning to a beautiful sun shining day with the church bells ringing and we were down to breakfast by 8:15. Eduardo was at the door to bring us a cell phone so we can keep in touch...

    Day 4

    DAY 04 - May 08, 2005 - Visit Uffizi Gallery/Explore Florence

    We were able to sleep in this morning as we did not have to meet Giulia until 10 AM. We had a nice breakfast and found that almost all of our group were there again together. We talked to...

    Day 5

    DAY 05 - May 09, 2005 - Explore Lucca and Overland to Pisa - Evening Surprise

    From Gennie: Yesterday was a perfect Mother's Day, we were able to be with Eduardo and his friends in the Renaissance City of Florence!!! Our afternoon and evening were fantastic - just being together...

    Day 6

    DAY 06 - May 10, 2005 - Overland to the "Wine Road"/Home-Hosted Lunch - Siena

    Our wake-up call was at 7 AM but both of us were awake and thinking about getting organized for our travel day. We put our luggage out at 8:00, had breakfast, paid our phone bill,...

    Day 7

    DAY 07 - May 11, 2005 - Cooking class & Visit to Colle di Val d'Elsa Siena

    We woke up to gray skies but no rain. It was cool last night so we slept well with the windows open as there is no A/C. We had breakfast with our group...

    Day 8

    DAY 08 - May 12, 2005 - Explore Siena

    We woke this morning to beautiful Colorado blue skies and lots of sunshine. It was less humid today so we were able to get great views and photographs of the surrounding hills.

    We were early for breakfast so we walked around...

    Day 9

    DAY 09 - May 13, 2005 - Guided Tour Pienza, Gregorian Chants, Montalcino

    Although the skies were gray this morning, it is warmer here in Pienza as we head south through the Italian country side. We smelled the coffee and fresh pastries early so we were up again before our...

    Day 10

    DAY 10 - May 14, 2005 - Discover Montepulciano & Monticchiello

    Another beautiful day in paradise! We had our breakfast and then got our computer out in the lobby to send the Journal and check our mail. We tried to clean out our accounts and then helped other members of...

    Day 11

    DAY 11 - May 15, 2005 - Etruscan Tombs of Sovana

    The early morning Tuscan sun was bright and hot today. Our wake up call was at 7 AM again this morning. This trip has been very easy with no early morning activities. I went to the ATM machine to...

    Day 12

    DAY 12 - May 16, 2005 - Explore Orvieto

    A sunny day greeted us as we woke up at 7:00 and then went down to our hotel's continental breakfast with our group. Again, we had cheese, meats, rolls, and there were several varieties of cereals. I had my usual bread,...

    Day 13

    DAY 13 - May 17, 2005 - Civita di Bagnoregio/Overland to Rome

    We woke up to a cloudy morning and Giulia reminded us to bring our umbrellas as the forecast was for rain today. We put our luggage out before 8 AM and went down to breakfast a little early....

    Day 14

    DAY 14 - May 18, 2005 - Denmark

    We were awake by 7:30 as many of our group had gone out early to catch their flights. We showered, packed our bags and then went out to visit with some of our group who were having coffee and pastries in the...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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