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Cooltours 10-02-2008 01:28 PM

Tuscany! My loveaffair...
 
....but first let's do the porncheck: Would THIS be porn rated here?
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...38_e2cRN-L.jpg

MikJogg 10-02-2008 01:33 PM

:huh ,but wait for more...:nod

GB 10-02-2008 01:50 PM

Beautiful art! let's see Tuscany :thumb I wouldn't rate this as porn, but topless women on a beach wouldn't be permitted here, unfortunately. :(:

:lurk

Cooltours 10-03-2008 02:44 AM

Well than, I might have a little Ride Report for you. This ride report is about almost everything my handle,

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is standing for. What it is…? That’s not in short to explain. Here’s a try: <o:p></o:p>
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  • “Cooltour”, pronounced in English sounds like the German word “Kultur” which simply means “culture”. <o:p></o:p>
  • “tours” means and sounds the same in English and in German.<o:p></o:p>
  • “Coo” sounds like the German word “Kuh” which means cow. The synonym Kuh is used for a BMW Motorcycle around german speaking nations., pleas don’t ask me to explain why…<o:p></o:p>
  • “Cool” doesn’t have to be translated as it also means the same around here and there.<o:p></o:p>
  • “Coolt” sounds like the German word “Kult” which means “cult” in English. It is often used colloquial as an adjective like “kultig” and describes things or incidents which the speaker wants to underline and distinguish.<o:p></o:p>
Now, when I say that we are back from another Cooltours, it’s never more true than after this last trip with...

...the cow.
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...66_4tgUY-M.jpg

A 10 days trip to the Italian Tuscany<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">!</st1:place></st1:State>! There's realy not many cooler places…
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...64_smzge-M.jpg

…and not many more cool people than in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Tuscany</st1:State></st1:place>.
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...50_bKdFh-M.jpg http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...90_zKGHs-M.jpg

If it comes to culture, it’s tough to beat places like <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Pisa</st1:City></st1:place>…<o:p></o:p>
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...56_UxXWv-M.jpg

…<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Lucca</st1:City></st1:place>…
http://www.toskana-pur.de/toskana-pur/lucca-550.jpg

…and most especially: <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florence</st1:place></st1:City>! Travelling to Florence is just hype and especially it seems to be quiet "kultig" for US-Citiciens to spend there some days.
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Arts is everywhere in Florence!
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...99_PuajQ-M.jpg

One doesn't get tired to look at the dome from all kind of sides and angles….
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...81_jUwRj-M.jpg

…and if you find your way around all the other excited (scared to get lost in the crowd) people….
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...01_wakRG-M.jpg

…one can look very close to worldclass artwork and craftsmanship.
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...60_LEuLr-M.jpg

Sorry, must go for my 2nd cappuccino today now. More to come soon;-)

marty hill 10-03-2008 02:51 AM

Wonderful. Waiting for more.:clap

GB 10-03-2008 03:48 AM

It's a must visit place for those who've never been... thanks for the tour...

:lurk:lurk

Cooltours 10-03-2008 06:42 AM

Italians have a brilliant taste. They are not shy mixing old and new.
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Their taste also reflects still in their shops, eventhough it's just a shop to buy your parka for upcoming cold season.
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While connecting all these highlights together you are discovering lots of different roads and landscape…
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…while at some point of the day you knock on some doors…
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…to ask if they might have a nice room with a balcony.
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On the next day you get up early in the morning again….<o:p></o:p>
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…because there’s still lots of things to do and see…
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...82_wvGVr-L.jpg

…food to eat and vine to drink!
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...35_hXuDW-M.jpg

Time for cappuccino #3 now. To be continued soon.

smontic 10-03-2008 07:11 AM

I Love Florence. I'm from Milano but my girlfriend live in Tuscany!
There are also many off-road tours near Siena! :freaky

funhouse 10-03-2008 08:28 AM

or this?
 
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same display hall......gotta love Italian art

GB 10-03-2008 12:08 PM

Ouch!! :eek1

La dolce vita......... :lurk

Cooltours 10-03-2008 12:11 PM

Italians are very much into the nice things of live as you could see. Still hundreds of years ago, they showed kind of class, still in small details. This is just a waterfountain where people pick up water since hundreds of years. It’s not just a pipe out of pumphouse as I find;-)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Who could resent them not finishing everything at the first attempt! Things just take time!<o:p></o:p>
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Beside coffee, arts, wine and pasta, there’s one more VERY VERY VERY important thing in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Italy</st1:place></st1:country-region>: Shoes!<o:p></o:p>
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At this time of the year, the streets are often empty and the cues infront of the interesting places are not as long as between June and August.
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...57_UPj25-M.jpg

Love is everywhere in these towns, from the foreground to the very back.
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...98_Kvrha-M.jpg

the venturer 10-03-2008 12:34 PM

Tuscany, in Italy = Romance and Art, in Italy.:raabia

Thx for sharing with us.

Cooltours 10-03-2008 01:21 PM

But, well, OK….. I can hear all you FF’s already complaining already; This supposes to be a Ridereport, not a special about nicely carved or artistic stapled rocks....

Well than, let’s first do what the Italians do:
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Have a chat…
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...12_7hvmj-L.jpg

…eat something…
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….and after a short siesta, off you are into this…<o:p></o:p>
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…or this…
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...or maybe this:
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tagesk 10-03-2008 02:03 PM

Your photos are excellent!

[TaSK]

Cooltours 10-04-2008 02:01 AM

Where ever you ride, take your time to stand and look.
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...74_hrofy-M.jpg


Some of the places are built on wonderfull places...
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...63_Xnwx8-M.jpg

...others are more interesting because of architectural reasons:
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...67_itoA4-M.jpg

This is Puerta Nova from the village of Colle di Val d'Elsa. I'm considering crossposting this picture to the "...old structure"-thread as the wall is built somewhen around 11th century and still is "in use".
http://cooltours.smugmug.com/photos/...44_QfhsF-M.jpg


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