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Levanto, Portofino, and More Cinque Terre
2016-07-07 17:40:48

The Cinque Terre towns don't have a monopoly on beauty along the coast. To the south and west of where we were staying, the towns of Levanto and Portofino shined, too 













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Cinque Terre
2016-07-07 17:08:46

The mythical "five lands" were simultaneously different from one another, generally packed with tourists, stunningly beautiful at times, struggling to hold onto their identities, and worth the time to explore.

We managed to visit them all, except Corniglia. Vernazza was probably my favorite. No real reason; just the best vibe for me.












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Lavaggiorosso
2016-07-06 15:32:29

For our time in the Cinque Terre, we elected to use a tiny town in the hills above Levant, Lavaggiorosso, as a base.

This place featured little in the way of cell coverage, but it made up for it in charm and authenticity, with nothing but walking paths through the village and beautiful scenery on either side of the ridge we were perched.









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Turino
2016-07-06 15:08:16

Kath and I stopped overnight in Turino, just to take a look around. We encountered giant, magical creatures in the central square, plus a soaring tower just outside of downtown. It was the perfect break before the tourist crush of the Cinque Terre.











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Christo's Floating Piers
2016-07-05 15:50:40

The logistics were a nightmare, as they wouldn't let you park within 3 miles of the Floating Pier, and the buses were irregular to nonexistent, but the artwork itself was worth it, despite the crowds.









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Stone Age Rock Etchings
2016-07-04 09:44:50

On our way to go see Christo's Floating Piers artwork, we stopped by the Antiquarium del Parco Nazionale Incisioni Rupestri, the national park containing rock etchings, some of them thousands of years old. Most were hard to make out, but the size of the scenes were impressive.







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Bellagio
2016-07-04 03:48:45

We cruised around Lake Como, hopping from Varenna to Bellagio, then Bellagio to Menaggio, then back to Varenna. The weather couldn't have been better, with bright warm skies and a gentle breeze from the north across the bluest of water.













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Perledo
2016-07-04 03:32:16

We stayed in Perledo, up the hill from the better known town of Varenna, which is right on the lake. From our veranda, we could see the busy port, Perledo itself was a step back in time, with its tidy church and common washing house.









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Lake Como
2016-07-03 03:26:56

Kath and I have been touring northern Italy for nearly two weeks, and I haven't posted any photos here yet.

Here are scenes from the first place we went after renting a car: Lake Como. Our apartment had a gorgeous view of the lake from above Varenna.

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One Second Everyday - January, February, March 2016
2016-04-15 12:53:15

Yet another One Second of the Day video!



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truk and kath and friends What is truk.com? It covers the travels and thoughts of truk, this guy that lives in Midtown Memphis. More questions? Contact me...

2015 - Memphis
April Seattle with Kath
July St. Louis with the Douglas Clan
September Berlin and Munich for Oktoberfest
October Lia Goes to Washington

2014 - Memphis
January One Second Everyday Video from August to December 2013
March New Orleans
April January to March 2014 Daily Video | Mississippi River Ride with Antonio
May Southern France, Sicily, Barcelona - Carcassone | Castles of Southwestern France | Hill Towns of Provence | Avignon | Riams | Grand Canyon du Verdon | Les Baux | Arles | Cassis | Pont du Gard | Nimes | Aix-en-Provence | Cotes du Rhone | Roussillon | Rural Provence | Apt and L'Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue | Monaco | Nice
June Antibes | French Riviera | Salina | Panarea | Island Hopping | Gothic Barcelona | Beach to Bullring in Barcelona | Welcome, Sadie the Border Collie!
July
Hanging at the Parker's Lakehouse
August Sadie at 14 weeks
September St. Francis Forest Motorcycle Ride
October 8th Annual Memphis Walk | Scott and Lia Come to Memphis | Haw Creek Falls and Hot Springs

2013 - Memphis
January Tahoe with Aaron, Jeff, Larry, and Scott
May Memorial Day at the Parkers' Lakehouse
October 7th Annual Walk Across Memphis
November Farewell, Jake

2012 - Memphis
March Goodbye, Mazzy
May Pennington Family Visit
July Sicily - Mount Etna Up | Mount Etna Down | Cefalu | Tindari | Palermo | Northwest Sicily | Erice | Southwest Sicily | Enna | Villa Romana del Casale | Caltagirone to Scicli | Siracusa | Salina
August Median Sunflowers
September More Scenes of Sicily
December 6th Annual Walk Across Memphis

2011 - Memphis
April San Diego and Tijuana
May Memphis Flood, Rising, Rising
June Double Negative, Nevada Land Art
August Ireland - Dingle Peninsula | Dunbeg Fort | Kilmalkedar Church | Giants Causeway | Dunluce Castle | Derry | Dublin Museum | Trinity College

2010 - Still in Memphis
January
San Francisco Bay and Wineries
April Douglas Family Visit | End of the Road
July - West and Central US Badlands | Black Hills, SD | East Glacier National Park (1, 2) | Polebridge, MT | Northwest Glacier | Missoula Anniversary | Yellowstone (1, 2, 3, 4) | Grand Tetons | Spiral Jetty | Park City | Vegas | Grand Canyon | Hoover Dam
September Labor Day Motorcycle Ride
October 4th Annual Memphis Walk
November Circle Arkansas Ride

2009 - Still in Memphis
January
Sydney and New South Wales (pics)
May Douglas Visit
July - Italy (Amalfi Coast with text | Capri | Herculaneum | Southern Tuscany with text | Florence with text | Northern Tuscany | Rome | Vatican)
August Otha Turner Family Goat BBQ Picnic
October Ozark Trail Ride day 1 | day 2 | day 3
November Dave Gets a KLR 650 | Hot Springs Honeymoon | Rhodes Cajunfest 2009
December Memphis Walk North(east) | Savannah Off-Road Motorcycling | San Francisco with Jeff, Katy, Larry, and Michelle

2008 - Still in Memphis
April
Visiting Jeff and Katy
May - Spain and Morocco with Dave and Christina (Segovia | Casa | Central, Northern Spain | Picos de Europa | Bilbao and San Sebastian | La Roija Region | Madrid | Marrakech | Fez | Southern Spain)
October Memphis Walk South
December Sydney (pics)

2007 - Memphis
February
Snowboarding in Tahoe
May Memorial Day at the Parker's Lakehouse
June Larry and Michelle's Wedding on Shelter Island, NY
July Hawaii (Oahu | Big Island (plus kayaking at Captain Cook) | Kauai text 1 and text 2 | Hawaii (Mostly Budget) Accommodation Review)

2006 - Memphis
January
Las Vegas
April Jacob Born
July Douglas Visit in Rhode Island
September Iowa Visit
October Urban Wolf River Trip
November and December Costa Rica (Volcan Arenal | Monteverde | Montezuma | Uvita | Porto Jimenez | Corcovado | Aerial Photos)

2005 - Memphis
January
New Years at Dave and Christina's
May Kath's PhD Graduation from Duke University
June Kath's PhD Graduation Party at the Shack-Up Inn

December New Zealand and Australia (Tahiti and Wellington | Marlborough and Kaikoura | Abel Tasman and the West | Manapouri and Milford Sound | The Catlins | Dunedin and Christchurch | Sydney)

2004 - Memphis
January Jeni's Baby Shower | Birth of Emmett
February Snowboarding in Park City
May Memorial Day at the Parker's Lakehouse
July Yucatan Movie [QT 7] (Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Merida, Celestun) | Paris
October Visiting the Douglas's in Boston

2003 - Memphis
January New Years

February Aaron's Snowboarding Bachelor Party

June Jaymie's Bachelor Party

October Dave & Christina Wedding Shower

September Dave's Bachelor Party

October Dave & Christina's Wedding

truk and kath in australia

2002 - Australia - Memphis
January Tasmania - Port Arthur [1st] | Tasmania - East Coast [2nd]
April Queensland [1st to 15th]
June Sydney Opera House [11th] | Broken Hill [15th] | South Australia [20th] | Western Australia [26th]
July Darwin, Litchfield, Katherine Gorge [16th
] | Arnham Land [19th] | Kakadu National Park
September Prague Wedding Reception, People, More People, Buildings | Croatia Mainland, Vis
November Kath's Surprise Birthday Party
| Thanksgiving
December Christmas

2001 - Australia
September Peyton's Baptism [2nd] | Apartment [9th] | Cliffwalk [18th] | Footy Final [23rd]
October Koori Knockout [1st] | Vigoro [20th] | North Sydney Beaches [30th]
November Sports Awards [9th]
December Tasmania - Cataract Gorge [30th] | Tasmania - Cradle Mountain [30th] | Tasmania - West and South [31st]

1999 - Southern Africa
Cape Town | Garden Route | Jo'berg | Victoria Falls | Stellenbosch

1998 - Peru
Lima | Huancayo | Ayacucho | Cuzco | Machu Picchu/Puno | Lake Titicaca | La Paz | Arequipa | Colca Canyon | Nazca/Pisco/Lima

1997 - Prague, Greece, Turkey
Prague | Cesky Krumlov | Romania | Alexandropolis | Samothraki | Ruins | Prague

1996 - Australia
Sydney

1995 - Asia, Silk Route
Turkmenistan | Kyrgyzstan | Kashi/Urumqi | Iron Rooster | Beijing | Great Wall | Hong Kong | Philippines

1994-1995 - Prague

Other Trips - Greers Ferry Lake (2001)






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