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Venice, Italy arrival. We load ourselves and our carry-on luggage on to our water taxi, knowing that Perillo Tours will take care of our other bags. First impressions of Venice are off-the-scale impressive! But wait - we haven't seen the Hotel Europa and Regina yet! Perillo Tours choice of the Hotel Europa and Regina was a clear favorite in our group.
  • 1 Dec 2010
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Italy travel: Pompeii. Our Perillo Tours Familia arrives at one of the best preserved archaeological sites on the planet. So unique it even has a color: Pompeii Red is noticed at the start of our tour. It would have been great to record the explanation of our guide as the soundtrack to this segment. Fortunately, the visual record of our experiences in Pompeii stand on their own!
  • 1 Dec 2010
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Italy travel: Pompeii. Our Perillo Tours Familia arrives at one of the best preserved archaeological sites on the planet. So unique it even has a color: Pompeii Red is noticed at the start of our tour. It would have been great to record the explanation of our guide as the soundtrack to this segment. Fortunately, the visual record of our experiences in Pompeii stand on their own!
  • 1 Dec 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V502 Mons Meg is a HUGE canon, among Europe's oldest surviving medieval bombards. Fantastic views and the cemetery where officers have buried their pets since the 1840's. Some kids enjoying the echo of Mons Meg. A 22 inch barrel fired a 396 pound ball almost 2 miles, but only 8 to 10 times a day due to the heat generated by the blast. From this pearch, we had fantastic city views. Dalhousie Castle and Culzean Castle, where we stayed on this trip, each had their own canons, but obviously no where near as large as Mons Meg.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V495 Scotland travel: Dalhousie Castle has some big old beautiful trees on the grounds. Here we see different views of Dalhousie Castle as we walk around on the grounds. Hard to believe we're just 20 minutes away from Edinburgh.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V493 Scotland travel: Dalhousie Castle Library. Now that's a library! Secret bookcase and everything. All the modern amenities in a castle much as it was 500 years ago.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V493 Scotland travel: Dalhousie Castle Library. Now that's a library! Secret bookcase and everything. All the modern amenities in a castle much as it was 500 years ago.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V492 Scotland travel: Dalhousie Castle's Robert the Bruce room was where four of our party slept. Here we see a fantastic room, great views, and some tired kids. We're just 20 minutes south of the bustling city of Edinburgh, yet we're transported back in time 500 years.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V491 Scotland travel: Dalhousie Castle Wedding Chapel is also known as the gun room if reference is made to the room's historical use. Dalhousie Castle is south of Edinburgh, yet in very much a country setting.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V490 Scotland travel: Dalhousie Castle and a wee bit of Scottish history by Andrew, the Castle Steward. Also, a bit of history re Dalhousie Castle, located 20 minuted South of Edinburgh. Almost one wedding per day takes place here! Andrew gives an indication of the ghostly history of the castle.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V489 Scotland travel: A staged production by Andrew, the Castle Stewart, introducing us to Dalhousie Castle, located south of Edinburgh.
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V487 Scotland travel: From the Orangery restaurant at Dalhousie Castle, we see a demonstration of the art of falconry.
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V485 Italy travel: Rome. Slideshow video of St. Mary's (The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore), St. John's (The Basilica of St. John Lateran), the Roman Catacombs, our final Perillo Tours Familia dinner (with some *very* green walls in the background). Finally, some very tired kids on the way to the plane home. What a fantastic trip that was!
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V484 Italy travel: Rome, our last dinner together as a Perillo Tours Familia. Complete with live music, about which we couldn't do a thing. In fairness, the video shows that she should have been on stage at La Scala Opera House instead of in our restaurant.
  • 24 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V483 Italy travel: Rome, almost back to our hotel. The video shows the Italian High Court, and a view of St. Peter's Basilica from a bridge. We're practically back to our Perillo Tours hotel, so you can see we were very nicely located. However, Rome is not a walking town. Too big. We circle around the courthouse, which is only about 95 years old. Our 48 passenger bus navigated these streets very well!
  • 23 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V482 Italy travel: Rome, back on the tour bus. Our Perillo Tours Familia is delighted to be sitting again. The video shows a bridge, in use continuously since 62 BC. Nice views of Rome and modern day Roman traffic. It's just as tough for an ambulance to get thru traffic here as it is in New York City! The Tiber River is present also, only more polluted than it was 2,000 years ago.
  • 23 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V479 Italy travel: Rome, St. John's, also known as the Basilica of St. John Lateran. This is video of the 'official' home of the Pope, even though he spends more time in the Vatican. Our Perillo Tours Familia enjoys the incredible details on the church walls, where every picture tells a story. This Basilica is Officially Archibasilica Sanctissimi Salvatoris (Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior), it is the oldest and ranks first (being the cathedral of Rome) among the four major basilicas of Rome, and holds the title of Mother church. Thank you, Wikipedia: As the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, containing the papal throne (Cathedra Romana), it ranks above all other churches in the Catholic Church, even above St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
  • 23 Nov 2010
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*******ourvideosite****/View/V478 Italy travel: Rome. According to tradition, the Scala Santa steps were walked by Christ. St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, brought these 28 steps from Jerusalem. Pope Sixtus V had them placed in their present position. Not all of our Perillo Tours Familia had a chance to see these steps. The steps are covered in wood so that no foot can touch them, and this is the reason why the faithful climb up them on their knees; the video shows them saying prayers on each step. There's a statue of Pontius Pilate holding a bag of 30 coins, his compensation for his betrayal. Then a view of the outside of St. John's, the official home of the Pope, even if he does spend most of his time in the Vatican. St. John's is Vatican property again, so our Perillo Tours Familia is no longer officially in Italy!
  • 23 Nov 2010
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