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May 23, 2017 - Florence
A very big day spent looking around the city, standing in lines but so well worth it. I am in awe of the marvellous architecture and art work. It really is breathtaking. ..and talk about taking your breath away, we climbed Giotti's Bell tower by La Duomo..some 84.7 m high with 463 winding and narrow steps to the top. Another great workout for the day! David in La Accademia was also exquisite. How Michelangelo created tjus amazing statue is beyond belief. it can not have been easy as other unfinished works in the museum show. A spell binding...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2017 - FLORENCE
On arrival into Florence, we headed to the rental company to return Fifi. I'm happy to report that we returned her safe and sound. She was a great car with lots of room, just a terrible steering lock for trying to get out of tight spaces. We grabbed a taxi and headed to our central apartment room. We are pretty sure that he took us on the scenic route but we finally arrived. We are on the 4th floor of a building very close to all the main attractions. An old place which hasn't been renovated like many of our other places but a great...Jump to full entry
May 17, 2017 - Firenze (Florence )- Italy. My dream destination.
Didn't sleep as well as I would have thought, body clock still out of kilter. Woke up feeling ok though and as Toni had a little more work to finish off at home I decided to explore her neighborhood. Not far from her flat was a shopping centre so off I went. Plus Tonez had told me of a great coffee kiosk by the train station so I needed no more incentive than that! 2 hours later plus an excellent flat white inhaled and I was back repacking my gear into a smaller bag to geaf to Florence. Toni and booked us with carry on luggage so it meant...Jump to full entry
May 15, 2017 - Firenze - Morgan & Boyan's arrival
Firenze - May 15-19 After spending a week in Catania, and almost a month on the road, getting packed up to get onto an aircraft wasn't a whole lot of fun. Amazing how things somehow expanded and our suitcases are bulging. The prospect of being in Florence and sharing the next leg of our adventure with Morgan and Boyan made all of it worthwhile. The arrival of Morgan and Boyan in Florence was the continuation of our Family Roots Tour of Italy and Bulgaria. They added the additional joy of eating and sharing cooking especially with Boyan's...Jump to full entry
May 9, 2017 - Florence
Took the fast train to Firenze (Florence) today, with bad weather reported for the day again. Had intentions of visiting the famous Ufizzi Gallery which was free on Sundays but after standing in line for 1 hour and least another to go we decided against it. We did see some beautiful churches and palaces and wandered the enchanting narrow laneways away from the busy centre.Jump to full entry
Best, obviously because we are in Florence which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It always amazes me that the entire Renaissance sprung from this small city, that they produced both Michelangelo and Galileo and the first dome (Brunellesci's Duomo) that was later copied for St. Peter's. Beautiful. The worst of times because my ankle is an absolute mess and it's screwing up everything. Tuesday night when I went to bed, it was about the size of a cantelope. Wednesday morning, a grapefruit. Every step is fraught with drama and...Jump to full entry
Mar 14, 2017 - Bologna is not just for sandwiches
Got up this morning and wandered over to the train station and hopped on a train to Bologna. We had never been and it is a beautiful little city. We got there around lunch time and wandered around a little bit before we came onto a restaurant that was off the beaten track. We had Caprese salad and fried artichoke hearts for starters and then each had their specialtys. The risotto with white truffles and the tortellini with black truffle were both presented by putting the hot rice/pasta on top of a huge round of parmesan cheese and scraping...Jump to full entry
Mar 13, 2017 - Wine wine wine wine wine wine wine...............
What a nice day. A long day. But a nice day. Headed to the train station early and met our guide and about 13 other people. Got on a bus and headed out to the center of the Chianti region. Today is all about Chianti. Chianti Classico to be exact. Went to the Principese Cossini villa for a tour and tasting. They are an ancient Italian family that are still actually royalty. Massive place that does wine and olive oil. We did a neat tour where they explained how the wine and the olive oil are made. We've been on lots of these wine making...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2017 - Florence/Fiesole
David and I travel well together because we're pretty reliable about wanting to do the same things. We get up early, hit the ground running, get into every museum, every church, every historical site we can find. Not so much this trip. Yesterday we were going to be up by 7, 8 at the latest and we had a list of things we wanted to see. I rolled out of bed at 11:30 and if I hadn't gotten David up, he would still probably be asleep. We puttered until 2 and then went to lunch. We went to Eataly which is a group of Italian markets/restaurants...Jump to full entry
Mar 11, 2017 - And..................we're here.
Travelling is hard, y'all. We had a lovely flight from SFO to FRA. First class in the 747, we sat in 1AB, so right in the nose. Could have pinched the pilot's butt, except for the roof separating us. Stupid roof. We ate well and often. A smoked salmon appetizer (David ate mine), some really good carrot ginger soup, a salad with soba noodles that I like a lot more than I thought I would, a really good short rib with veggies and rice and an ice cream sundae for dessert. We could have had lobster mac and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich...Jump to full entry
Nov 9, 2016 - Florence
Tuesday night: I arrived in Florence but couldn't get my phone apps to help me find a way to my hotel even though it looked like it was close. I checked at the bus ticket office which is inside the train station but the guy didn't speak any English. He tried to explain but I wasn't understanding him so he just said taxi and pointed out front which sounded good to me since I was tired and not really looking for a big adventure at night. It turned out that it is less then a mile to the hotel and it cost me 7,50 euros but it was worth it that...Jump to full entry
Sep 16, 2016 - Florence - Venice
Goodbye Florence hello Venice.... It was raining this morning so after packing up our cases and tidying up the apartment we rang for a taxi to take us to the train station. With two hours to wait, we had a coffee at the cafe and then just sat and watched the board until our train came up so we knew which platform to go to. The don't give you a lot of time to get there, get on and find your seats and load up your luggage. We arrived in Venice a little late but it was still raining so we bought a map and tickets for the vaparetto to get us to...Jump to full entry