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Great Sailing Vacation in Tuscany

These days, more charter companies have opened up making it easy for people to see various destinations by sea. If you are planning to go to Europe, why don’t you see what a Tuscany sailing vacation has to offer?


Tuscany is a region in Italy. It has an area of 22,990 km and a population of about 3.6 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence. Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Six Tuscan localities have been UNESCO protected sites : the historical center of Florence, the historical center of Siena, the square of the Cathedral of Pisa, the historical center of San Gimignano, the historical center of Pienza and Val d’Orcia.


A Tuscany sailing vacation will take you to 7 different islands that will let you see ancient ports, beautiful coastlines and vast sceneries. The Mediterranean waters are rich in marine life and one of the biggest in Europe.


The largest island is the Tuscan archipelago of Elba which at one time was the site where Napoleon was exiled. Next to this is the island of Gilio that has both fine sand and pebbled beaches for those who want to set foot on dry land.


One of the things you should not forget to visit is the island of Monte Cristo. You better get there as fast as you can because it is limited to 100 visitors on any given day.


If you have scheduled a guide tour, you will be able to visit Gorgona. For those who don’t mind walking 200 steep steps, you will be rewarded by the breathtaking beach of Cala Palombaia as well as the magnificent sea-grotto with deep blue stones called sassi turchini.


Your next stop will be Portoazzuro on the Elba Island that has beautiful crystal clear waters matched with picturesque bays, islets and coves. Next, you will cruise onto the magnificent sandy beaches of Portoferrio and Fetovaia, Calanova, Biodola and Costa del Sole.


You will enjoy a day excursion to Marciana Marina, an old colorful village with a vibrant nightlife giving you time to drink and party with the locals.


For those who want to go scuba diving, you can do so by sailing to Capraia Island near Portoferrio. Afterwards, you can head down over to Saint Florent, an extremely attractive small town with its beautiful ancient citadel.


Other places you will get to see on your Tuscany sailing vacation includes the port of Marina di Carrara where visitors will enjoy the magnificent views of Corniglia, Manarolia and picturesque Riomaggiore before heading further up the idyllic coast to Vernazza.


You will once again walk on land and be able to explore the historic township and local traditions and culture of Portovenere.


There are different charter companies to choose from should you decide to go on a Tuscany sailing vacation. You can choose to use bareboat yacht charters, yacht rentals, skippered, catamarans, sail boat charters and luxury super yacht charters.


When you book with any of them, this already includes the insurance deposit, gas, water, meals, outboard motor, inventory, end cleaning, local taxes, ports, linen and towels. Refreshments are not included in the package so you have to bring your own.


More information that will help you decide which one to choose can be found in magazines and the internet. You can also book for your trip online.But before you do make any booking, find out how much it costs, how long will the voyage last and what else is included in the package. After all, you want your Tuscany sailing vacation to be perfect and memorable.

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Central Holidays Helps Stretch Travel Dollars on Vacations to Europe



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Central Holidays is helping stretch travel dollars on travel to Europe with a full array of inclusive motorcoach escorted tours and cruise packages that are designed to save travelers time and money.

“Central Holidays’ Motorcoach Escorted Tours and Cruise Packages are a terrific value. We offer a variety of programs that are worry-free and easy, and can meet your budget,” said Fred Berardo, President and CEO of Central Holidays. “Why book hotel, sightseeing, and other vacation components separately when you can save money and time with a Central Holidays vacation package? We want travelers to know that our escorted tour programs will provide them with the best value for their money when visiting all the wonders of Italy and Europe.”

The Company offers dozens of Motorcoach Escorted Tour and Cruise options throughout Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and the Mediterranean! In fact, Central Holidays provides the largest selection of cruise packages in Italy, Greece and throughout the Mediterranean than any other specialty operator. Central Holidays’ Escorted Tour programs will save travelers 20-40% off the price of traveling the same itinerary on their own.

Here’s a look at some of the ways Central Holidays Escorted Tours stretch travelers’ dollars and offer an ideal, hassle-free way of exploring Europe:

1. All rates guaranteed when paid in full – guarding travelers against dollar fluctuations. Booking with Central Holidays allows consumers to budget accurately before embarking on their travels with no surprise fees or taxes imposed upon arrival on vacation

2. Most meals plus wine, coffee and mineral water at lunch and dinner are included in the tour price = a huge savings! Premier Motorcoach Escorted Tours include most meals (breakfast daily – plus many lunches and dinners) served in hotels and local restaurants. The Signature Central Holidays Dining Plan also includes: Wine, mineral water and coffee are complimentary with all lunches and dinners (which itself can save hundreds of dollars per person).

3. Sightseeing (as detailed in each itinerary) is included in the tour package price as well as bonus touring – with Central Holidays travelers visit the famous sites they’ve longed to see as well as hidden treasures, such as centuries-old wineries and carefully selected restaurants serving exquisite old-world cuisine.

4. Convenience in exploring Europe’s beauty lead by one of the company’s knowledgeable, English-speaking tour directors – with travelers throughout the escorted tour, traveling by professionally chauffeured, deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach for maximum comfort and convenience. Plus, there is time offered at leisure to explore on your own too.

5. All-inclusive Mediterranean cruise programs and shore excursions are quoted in US Dollars.

6. Specialty Lodging options take travelers to live like a local on selected programs – For example, On the Northern Highlights, Magnificent North, Grand Tour of Italy and Best of Italy programs, travelers have the opportunity to stay in a villa in the medieval town of San Gimignano, instead of hotel in Florence, where they will enjoy all of the tour’s traditional features, plus a five course welcome dinner and other special extras. A Siena sightseeing excursion is also included with the evening at leisure to explore San Gimignano.

7. All Central Holidays Escorted Tours in Italy feature the “Hear Clear” personal audio system, allowing travelers to hear all the details about the places they visit, even when standing 60 feet away from their knowledgeable local guide – all at additional cost while traveling.

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Villas in Italy Tuscany Villas Italy Vacation Rentals

 

A better way to immerse yourself in the character of villa in Italy,Tuscany The iconic image of Italy villas and Tuscany villa take a different form in everyone’s mind. Find the Italian holiday of your dream villas in italy, tuscany villa with very special collection of holiday accommodation in Italy.

 

Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, Cilento National Park: we love these places! This is where we live, where we spend our own vacations and where we want you to come. Let us show you the beauty of our land and the friendliness of our people. Let us make you feel Italian, at least a little bit.

 

And if you are looking for a different Italian destination, we have now made available a selection of italy villas and apartments in Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Venice and Lake Como that have been recommended to us by friends and by past guests themselves.

 

Tuscany :

Famous for its Chianti wines, its magnificent historic towns, such as Florence, Siena, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Cortona, Lucca and Volterra, and its peaceful nature, tuscany villas reveals its very soul with placid hills, wide pastures and neatly harvested vineyards and offers travelers a continuous sequence of stimulating highlights.

 

Amalfi Coast :

This spectacular coastline, which embraces the charming towns of Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello, invites you to imagine yourself back in the sunny carefree days of the sixties – for here the beauty and romance of those times have not changed.

 

Sorrento Coast :

Sorrento is one of the best known resorts in villas italy , situated on a tract of coastline of unrivalled beauty, on the northern slope of the Sorrentine Peninsula, in a sheltered spot, surrounded by luxuriant hills where vines, olives and above all high quality citrus fruits are grown. The site of patrician villas during Roman times, it has been a highly prestigious retreat since 700.

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Eating Out in Florence

Florence does not simply regard itself as home to the greatest of Italy’s regional culinary traditions, but as the birthplace of all Western cookery. Florentines will tell you that it was the sixteenth-century Catherine de Medici who taught the French to cook by taking with her a team of Tuscan chefs when she married the Duke of Orleans, later to become King Henry II of France.

While it is hard to tell if the above is true or false, there is no doubt Florence can reward the wise traveler in search for good local food, especially if he/she manages to get off the beaten track. The key is to find a place that looks as though it’s popular with locals. If you find such a place, you’re probably onto a winner, both price and taste wise.

As in most cities, the cheapest eating places can be found in the area surrounding the main railway station, with the more upmarket restaurants being located in the central area. Some excellent, moderately priced establishments are located in Oltrarno, the traditionally less respectable south side of the river.

As it is always the case in Italy, it’s preferable to order dishes that are traditional to the region, not least because this helps ensure the freshest ingredients. Tuscan cuisine, and Florentine in particular, continues to adhere to many peasant traditions, combing basic ingredients and simple cooking methods. Nevertheless, the finished result is nothing if not impressive..

The Florentine steak (‘bistecca allla fiorentina’), believed to date back to the Etruscans, is a perfect example. Many in the English-speaking world would call this a Porterhouse or a T-Bone and wonder what the fuss is all about. In reality, a ‘Florentine steak’ is cut closer to the center of the steer than a North American T-bone, so it includes a full circle of the tenderloin. Apart from the cut, much of the secret is the breed of cattle: the best steaks come from the Chianina breed, which is known as the oldest breed of cattle in the world, and they are thick cut, weighting at least 800g. Cooked on the grill, served rare and, on occasion, with a wedge of lemon on the side, a Fiorentina can easily satisfy two people, but there are those brave enough who will attempt to eat one all by themselves!

The soups are well worth trying as they are derived from peasant traditions as well. The most delicious, famous Florentine soup is ‘ribollita’, made with a mixture of stale bread, beans, ‘cavolo nero’ (a black cabbage grown in Tuscany, similar to kale or Swiss Chard) and other typical Tuscan vegetables. As with many leftovers, ribollita always tastes better the day after! Other delicious soups are ‘pappa con il pomodoro’ (a tomato-based soup that’s thickened with bread) and ‘minestra di farro’ (spelt or barley soup with beans, tomatoes, celery and carrot). While some of these soups might not sound terribly appealing to your palate, they are absolutely delicious, simple and hearty.

Extra-virgin olive oil is held in pride of place in Florence, and it is never missing from the Florentine table. Olive oil is used as a dip for foods such as celery, artichokes and ‘pinzimonio’ (a selection of fresh vegetables). It is also used in cooking, and as a dressing for salads and delicious ‘bruschetta’ (grilled slices of unsalted bread topped in a variety of ways). The one made with red cabbage and beans is a local favourite and must be tasted to be believed!

Other Florentine and Tuscan specialities to look out for are ‘crostini’ (a smaller variety of bruschetta topped with pate’ or diced tomatoes), ‘panzanella’ (a cold mixed summer salad with breadcrumbs), ‘pappardelle sulla lepre’ (ribbon pasta with hare), ‘pappardelle al cinghiale’ (pappardelle with wild boar sauce) and ‘fagioli all’uccelletto’ (beans in tomato sauce usually served as a side dish).

If you have a sweet tooth, try to get your hands on a slice of ‘schiacciata alla fiorentina’. It is an orange-flavored sponge cake, covered with confectioner’s sugar and filled with pastry or whipped cream. Although typically served around Carnival, it can be found at Florence’s pastry shops year round. ‘Cantuccini di Prato’ are dry almond biscuits that are dipped in ‘Vin Santo’, a sweet, aromatic dessert wine.

Tuscany produces some of the finest wines in Italy, the most famous of which is probably Chianti. ‘Chianto Classico’ is produced in the area to the south of Florence – one of several production zones for Chianti. ‘Vernaccia di San Gimignano’, a white wine which was a favourite of Lorenzo de’ Medici, is another good local wine to try. If you are serious about your wines, pay a visit to an enoteca, where you can taste, enjoy and buy a range of quality wines.

Finally, if a quick snack is what you are looking for, head to a ‘friggitoria’, to have some ‘polenta fritta’ or ‘crocchette’ – or to one of the tripe stands which can be found all around the city. These traditional Florentine stands usually serve sandwiches filled with ‘lampredotto’ (stuffed cow’s stomach). They may not sound too appealing to your taste, but to paraphrase an old adage ‘When in Florence…’

This article is part of a series covering the most important italian travel destinations and regional cuisines. You can find similar articles about eating out in Rome, Naples, Milan and Venice.

Born in New York City, but now happily ensconced in the Tuscan Archipelago, Bob McCormack is a freelance writer with a very special passion for food and wine. His
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**REPRINT** Gardner, Edmund Garratt, 1869-1935. The story of Siena and San Gimignano, by Edmund G. Gardner; illus. by Helen M. James, and many reproductions from the works of painters and sculptors. London, J.M. Dent & co., 1902.**REPRINT** Reviews

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Luang Prabang – Laos’ Saffron City

Laos’ Saffron City

The town’s main attraction is its breath-taking cultural heritage. Increasingly popular as a base for exploring the surrounding area, Luang Prabang is also an equally good spot, after changing down a couple of gears, to totally unwind by the mighty Mekong and just watch life glide by.

The 1995 UNESCO report which declared Luang Prabang a World Heritage site described the town as the best-preserved traditional town in SE Asia. It was also recently voted the world’s top destination for the third successive year by Wanderlust magazine, whilst Laos was judged the best destination country by The New York Times.

Aside from smelly drains, Luang Prabang, whose name means ‘Golden Buddha Capital’, exhibits few flaws. Tourists are usually reluctant to leave the bicycle-paced cradle of Lao culture and often tarry longer than planned. The attraction stems partly from the terrain, as the one-time royal seat of Laos sits at the junction of the Mekong with one of its tributaries and is encircled by an amphitheatre of limestone peaks. It even has its very own mountain right in the town, which rises steeply up behind the main street. The town is occasionally busy but rarely frantic and, thanks to strict planning regulations, is devoid of eyesores.

Time seems to have stood still in this special and serene place. In this respect it resembles the unique Italian city of San Gimignano, whose tightly-packed sixteenth century stone skyscrapers were left untouched for four hundred years when all the inhabitants died of the Black Death. Due to its isolation, Luang Prabang has preserved an older and slower way of life: old Asia, Asia without the crowds, Asia without the traffic, Asia where people have enough time for each other, enough time for themselves.

Luang Prabang seems almost camouflaged by palm trees and dense tropical foliage: from above, only golden-spired stupa roofs are visible, shimmering above the greenery. First-time visitors to this treasure trove of Laos culture are advised to devote at least the first day to taking in the stunning architectural display, with French-colonial chic married to Buddhist splendour to elegant effect.

At dawn scores of saffron-robed, alms-hungry monks file from the monasteries into the streets in a ritual that has become emblematic of the city’s identity. The orange in the monks’ robes is accentuated by the soft morning light in a scene framed by russet monastery roofs, palm trees and whitewashed colonial housing. Within an hour, the monks have completed their rounds and melted back into their monasteries. Although this daily ritual can be seen all over southeast Asia, it’s particularly striking in Luang Prabang because of the density of temples and the concentration of monks: out of a population of 15,000 residents, there are over 500 monks.

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Holiday Rentals – a Tuscan Escape

There’s something very special about Tuscany. Not only does the region abound with incredible history, delicious local produce and no less than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it also exudes a very special charm. A sort of intangible elixir – a sense of well-being. One deep breath of Tuscan air and it feels like you’ve arrived home. Holiday rentals here are the real deal.

That feeling pervades in the historical cities themselves – Florence, Siena and Pisa. It’s difficult not to get caught up in the architecture of the region – from the austerity of the Duomo di Siena with its chastising papal gargoyles, to the Gothic lines of Florence’s central edifices. It’s living history – find holiday rentals in the depths of the cities and you will get a true taste.

For the real magic to work though, you need to leave the bustling centres for the tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside. It’s here that you’ll find the pearls of the region such as San Gimignano and the Val D’orcia. It’s here that you’ll stumble across holiday rentals in secluded olive groves and abandoned monasteries. It’s here that you’ll forget about the real world.

And it’s not that difficult to discover this little bit of Eden for yourself. There are many holiday rentals available to hire in the region – whether you want a hilltop olive farm with stunning views across Tuscan countryside or a romantic stone cottage backing onto fields of sunflowers – you can find your perfect holiday rentals hideaway. Once you’ve found it though, you just might not want to come back…

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San Gimignano is a small medieval town, built on top of a hill like so many other Tuscan towns in Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers which may be seen from several kilometres outside the town. The “town of the tall towers” is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Tuscany. In the 13th century, the town had unbelievable 76 (!) towers, from which 13 are still preserved until today. The towers were used as part of the fortification of the town, but they were also built as status symbol from wealthy inhabitants before the 13th century. Please see also the videos taken from “Torre Grossa”: www.youtube.com www.youtube.com

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The Gelato Odyssey — not Just Ice-cream, But an Adventure

I look at it against the sunlight, just enough to give that little bit of extra taste, then swirl it around in my mouth and close my eyes with an mmmmm. No, I’m not gulping back some Grange Hermitage—rather, enjoying the delight of what is a world championship winning gelato, in Italy.

There’s something about letting flavour coat itself on your tongue like a velvet carpet, to close one’s eyes and pick out the bursts and subtle undertones of a finely made gelato. We can all appreciate tastes that evoke an emotional response such as satisfaction, contentment and excitement. The sweet and frozen treat—gelato—has the ability to transcend mood, depending on quality, and where and how you eat it.

What is gelato?

Isn’t it just some fancy word for ice-cream?
Well, sort of. If the term ice-cream is like saying ‘wine’, then gelato is a variety, like shiraz. With its distinct ingredients, preparation and storage methods, there are main differences to ice cream such as:

More flavour due to less air, meaning denser concentration of ingredients

Less fat due to using milk or skim milk rather than cream (and a type of gelato called Sorbetto/sorbet, doesn’t use any dairy at all)

Melts faster because the ingredients are not homogenized (which is a method of milk processing, to prevent or delay natural separation of cream from the rest of the emulsion.) So? This means less chance of ice-cream headache and sore teeth!

High quality gelato is made daily, with fresh and quality ingredients. Maintaining the consistency, it is stored in a gelato freezer, which is not as cold as an ice-cream freezer, and thus gives a smoother effect.

Who invented gelato, and when?

Like most things foodie, there’s conjecture about who invented it and when. Some sources state it’s 3000 years old from China, other say it’s from 16th century Italy at the time of Catherine de Medici of Florence. Whatever the origins, over the past 200 years the process has refined to move beyond snow stored in cellars to streamlined modern techniques involving custom machinery and special freezers.
Right, so gelato really is different to ice-cream, but is it better?

That’s where a little experiment comes in. Just as there are tours for wine lovers, I had the opportunity to indulge in gelato while walking and cycling in Europe. The mission: try a different type a day in three different countries. Overall, I tried 13 flavours. Which one was the best gelato experience and why?
The answer is not purely whatever tasted best, but many factors.

How to have an excellent gelato adventure: factors to consider

Price: the closer you get to a tourist node like the Colosseum in Rome, the higher the price and not necessarily the better the quality. The cheapest I paid for one scoop (size of woman’s bunched fist) was 70 centimes and the most was 3 euro.
Quality: While major brands like Peters and Movenpick are good, they’re not as good as the ‘professional’ homemade stuff. Try to go for a gelateria on its own; not a gelateria/photobooth/creperie/internet café. Similar gourmet strategy to, ‘would you buy cheese from the farmer, or Kraft cheese sticks from a supermarket?’
How to mix: if you get more than one flavour, keep to the food groups. ie. Don’t mix lemon with triple nutella. Come on, would you pour chocolate ice magic into a lemonade? And I can guarantee that mixing orange with spearmint with induce a gag reflex a la orange juice after brushing teeth.
The three basic gelato food groups are:
• The sorbets: usually fruit-based, minimal/no dairy added, relies on the whipping for creaminess: eg citrus, berries, melons
• The creamy-dreamies: usually more than one flavour but complementary, eg cookies and cream, rum and raisin
• The sweetie dearest: one spoonful is enough calorie intake to climb the stairs up Sacre Coeur ten times. These are the chocolate, nuttella, butterscotch blends.
It’s alright to mix the last two food groups together, though one scoop is more than enough to feel like your teeth will fall out. One I tried was a Nutella and Marscapone concoction with streaks of the hazelnut condiment layered through liquid sugar and cream.
Cone or cup? I prefer the cup as you don’t have to rush the eating from a melting cone with sticky stream of melted gelato streaming down one’s arm. It’s easier to keep flavours separate too. And if you think it makes any difference whatsoever, hey, you miss out on the calories of the cone. More surface area support means less risk of a super lick dislodging the contents from the cone and ending in tears. Even from a grown man.
—How to eat? Try to sit down and enjoy the taste. Watch the tourist rabble instead walking in crowds where an errant elbow may jut its way into your triple chocolate. Don’t eat when you’re in a hurry, walking up a hill or in the sun on a super hot day. Yep I know, but the stickiness and sweetness will only leave you thirsty. Have a bottle of water instead.
—Presentation: In Paris, the gelaterists have a nifty way of presenting multiple flavours, like a rose bud unflowering that looks too pretty to eat. But go ahead anyway.
Taste: What makes a good gelato?
—Texture: Absence of ice. More tiny bubble to flavour ratio. The best example of this was in Switzerland, at a café near Lake Como. Each spoonful of the peach sorbet felt like silken bubbles coated with real peach, rather than crunchy ‘ow my teeth!’
—Reality of flavour. You know when you chew strawberry flavoured bubblegum and it doesn’t taste like strawberry? Well, when the gelato has the little seedy bits in it, and tastes like you just plucked it from a ripe bush, then that’s the stuff.
—Originality: while avocado and tomato may not be everyone’s cup of tea, certain combinations can be eye-closingly gorgeous like saffron cream, which had pine nuts in it.
France or Italy?
The answer is a tricky one. In Italy was the world champion in San Gimignano near Florence for the above-mentioned saffron cream. Was it good? Yes. Worth every centime. Mind you, the view over a Tuscan vineyard on a sunny day didn’t hurt either. And the peach scoop on the lakeshore of Lake Como after riding some ks tasted pretty good too.
The worst one I had was in a restaurant in Domodossola, Italy a coffee flavour which was icy, hard and unauthentic.
Basically, the nationality of the gelato is a minor consequence. What matters is the quality, ambience and overall gelato eating strategy.

Odyssey in Australia

Being such a multicultural mish-mash, Australia is lucky to have immigrants from Italy who have brought gelato to the land of the ‘Spider’. While the thought of dropping high-grade vanilla gelato into creaming soda seems like smashing Dom Perignon to bless new ships, Australians can enjoy decent gelato.
Follow the same tips above. While it may be trickier to find the taste factor, many gourmet stores stock locally made gelato, made with care by true professionals. In Canberra there is even one man who can make any flavour you want for a minimum litreage order.
One thing Aussies do have in scoops is the vibe. There are plenty of places to sit back and watch the world while licking in ponderance, like Circular Quay in Sydney.
In these summer months, gelato is the gourmet experience to bring contentment—with a few hints it really is more than just ice-cream.

I am a freelance writer and editor from Australia specialising in article and review format. I generate story ideas, conduct research and interviews then complete the piece in line with house style and expected deadlines. The underlying philosophy to any writing I do is ‘information through engagement’.


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San Gimignano with Sheep by Eithne Donne – 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches – Fine Art Print / Poster

San Gimignano with Sheep by Eithne Donne – 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches – Fine Art Print / Poster

  • Title: San Gimignano with Sheep
  • Artist: Eithne Donne
  • Size: 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 – inches
  • Perfect for framing or hanging
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Fine art poster print

List Price: $ 8.00

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