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... only had a tough Italian family upbringing during the Great Depression, served America in the military and honored his Italian heritage with his music.
This point of view from Rosie was invaluable to my research of Italian Americans. I could really feel her pride, both that she was Italian and that she was Italian American, as she shared with me her family history. I am so thankful that this project allowed me to seek Italian Americans out ...
... us and 10 suitcases to go, not counting Sean and Stephanie who were somewhere en route. The most they could possibly take in their tiny car was 3. By this time the car from the other hotel had returned and 2 of us got a lift from them. Then our hotel's car got us to the ferry, but Sean and Stephanie were still (duck) walking with about half a mile left, so she went back to get them. We all made it, but with barely a minute to spare, It was anti-climatic ...
... not food or drink), I spent:
Vancouver Urban Winery: $12 for a flight of wine (I consider this a sightsee thing)
Bike rental for Seawall: $7
Ferry tickets to and from Granville Island: $7
10 pack of bus tickets: $21
Visitor Center Look Out: $15 (worth it for the pics)
Car rental: Free (had a coupon)
Car rental gas: $16
Lynn Canyon, Kits Beach, Granville Island Public Market...Walking around...all free.
... the $5 bottles of wine that I buy at WalMart. Another interesting thing we learned other than wine making and castle building is that the growers plant rose bushes at the end of the rows of grapevines. The rose bushes tell the growers what the content of the soil is. Healthy roses, good soil; poor rose production, poor grape production. So build it, and they will come.....and we did. The day following our fabulous wine experience, we once ...
... and they were even able to shuttle the coach out to Shirrocco. The farm is beautiful and I really love going out there. (I've attached a few pics) When we are there we can watch the horses in the arena or in the large outdoor ring. The owner, Tammi, is very gracious and the rates for storage are very good. So all in all it was a wonderful day. But back to reality today. More packing and cleaning. I can't believe ...
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