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Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel - Connecting the World Through Storytelling
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Construction on Il Ponte di Tiberio (Tiberius Bridge) in Rimini, #Italy, was begun in A.D. 14, when Augustus was the Roman Emperor. It was completed in A.D. 21, during the reign of Tiberius, and it is for him that the bridge was named. Julius Caesar crossed the Marecchia River on it and entered Rimini on his way to sack Rome. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2017/07/20/augustus-tiberius-bridge-rimini-italy/
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The city center of Rimini, #Italy is rife with history and ancient Roman ruins. Among the structures that have survived through the centuries is Montanara Gate, which once marked one end of the town’s Roman Forum. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2017/07/18/photo-roman-montanara-gate-in-rimini-italy/
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A Different Kind of Italian Experience - The Artisans and Traditions of #LeMarche, #Italy. There is a place in Italy where things are still done the old way. Where value is measured by the preservation of ancient traditions. Where life is often difficult, but luxuriously slow and overflowing with simple joys. That place is the region of Le Marche. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2017#/07/16/different-kind-of-italian-experience-le-marche-italy/ #ExperienceItalia 
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7/17/17
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The main Piazza of Mercatello sul Metauro, in the #LeMarche region of #Italy.The best view of the Piazza was from the third floor window of the 16th century Palazzo Donati, where I had come to enjoy cooking classes and visits to the rich artisan traditions still practiced in the relatively undiscovered part of Italy. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2017/07/13/piazza-of-mercatello-sul-metauro/ #ExperienceItalia
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Ancient stone buildings mingle with brightly painted facades in the village of Mercatello sul Metauro in the #LeMarche province of #Italy. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2017/07/11/photo-village-of-mercatello-sul-metauro-italy/ Palazzo Donati #ExperienceItalia 
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Sweeping view over #Luxembourg City. The Grund Quarter is in the valley, while the Old Town perches atop the limestone cliffs in the distance. In between the Corniche, said to be the most beautiful balcony in all of Europe, runs atop the old Casement walls that once served as fortifications. Interesting city! Kinda wish I had more than two days to spend here.

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The virtually unknown #LeMarche region of #Italy offers splendid scenery that rivals anything found in the more popular province of Tuscany. I found this picture-postcard view in the Metauro River Valley. #ExperienceItalia To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2017/07/06/metauro-river-valley-le-marche-italy/
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One of the highlights of my Italian holiday in #LeMarche, #Italy included lessons on how to make Tagliatelle pasta from scratch. The demonstration took place in Palazzo Donati, the magnificent 16th century restored palace where I was staying. Lina often prepares meals for groups staying at the palace. She made the whole process look easy, but it was obvious that there was a lot of work involved. #ExperienceItalia To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2017/07/04/italian-experience-in-le-marche-italy/
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The cold and grey weather in Dole, #France, finally cleared on my last day in this cute little town. With sunny skies I was finally able to get some decent photos. The town's claim to fame, aside from being very charming, is that it was the birthplace of Louis Pasteur.

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7/4/17
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+La Petite Echelle in Rochejean, France is located just 200 meters from the Swiss border and a kilometer from the highest point in #France, in the spectacular Doubs department in the Franche-Comté region. During my #Comté cheese tour we spent a couple of hours here enjoying a fondue made from Comté, followed by a fabulous lunch in the alpine air.
The following day our cheese experience got even more creative with a platter of several different age Comtés, prepared in a special display by cheesemonger Marc Janin, owner of Frommagerie Janin in Champagnole, France. Janin is one of only 22 people who work with artisan cheeses to be awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France. The title translates loosely to best worker in France, and was set up to honor those who work with their hands. +Comté Cheese UK

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7/3/17
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