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About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).

A day trip to Siena

If you are spending any time in Florence, a day trip to Siena is easy-peasy.  Both buses and trains make the trip — we recommend taking the bus there because if you take the train you will have to walk … Continue reading

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The best statues in Florence

If you visit Florence and you like sculpture at all (hell, even if you don’t like sculpture), you must must must see Michelangelo’s David.  It is one of the most impressive pieces of art we have ever seen.

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Day trip to Alberobello

If you are anywhere in the Puglia region of Italy, a day trip to the UNESCO world heritage site of Alberobello should be on your “must do” list.  Alberobello is known for its trulli — over 1500 white-washed conical-roofed houses … Continue reading

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A day trip to Polignano a Mare

If you are looking for a day trip from Monopoli, you can’t go wrong with Polignano a Mare.  Located on the Adriatic Sea, and only one train stop away from Monopoli, the town is stunningly beautiful.

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Five days in Monopoli

Monopoli in November?  Most people wouldn’t even consider it.  Good thing we aren’t most people, because Monopoli in November is lovely (even if many of the restaurants are closed and even if you have to avoid the rain showers). Monopoli … Continue reading

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The dead and dying in Naples

If you have any fascination with death whatsoever, Naples is totally the place for you. Naples has catacombs.  In fact, there are at least three different catacombs you can visit in Naples.  We chose to visit the catacombs of San … Continue reading

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The pizza you must eat in Naples

Note, I did not say the “best” pizza in Naples.  I would be a complete idiot to stake out that kind of ground.  Come on, pizza was supposedly invented in Naples.  There are pizzerias in Naples that are over 100 … Continue reading

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Exploring Pompeii

Our second full day in Naples was devoted to exploring Pompeii, yet another UNESCO world heritage site.  After our miserable train ride to Herculaneum, we tried a different tactic to get to Pompeii.  We still took the Circumvesuviana train, because … Continue reading

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Exploring Herculaneum

Everyone has heard of Pompeii, right?  I mean, I’m pretty sure it was even discussed in Highlights magazine (remember that blast from the past?) when I was a kid.  But did you know that Mount Vesuvius destroyed another city called … Continue reading

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Falling in love with Bordeaux

We should have known we would fall in love with Bordeaux.  Something like half of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site, and you know how we love those.  And, as it turned out, we absolutely adored Bordeaux.  Even … Continue reading

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