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Sep 22, 2004 - Florence

Today we were on the road to Florence by 8.30am and after navagating the traffic jam we arrived at 10.00am for another big day of sight seeing culminating with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery which has the greatest collection of contemporary art in the world. When you enter this gallery you are confronted with numerous staircases to climb to get to the gallery proper, we actually sat for a while between stair cases for a rest before continuing. At the end the climb and our exhaustion was well rewarded with its fantastic artworks for us to...

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Sep 4, 2004 - The Uffizi Gallery and Leaving Florence

Nicole and I intended to wake up early, take our bags to the train station, have a leisurely breakfast and be at the Uffizi by 9am. Unfortunately, this didn't happen and we ended up running around everywhere with our bags. I had to buy an extra suitcase because my backpack, though not full, was so heavy I could only carry it for short distances (like across the room). At least my backpack wasn't as heavy while we were running around. We ended up having the typical Italian breakfast of coffee and a croissant. The building is huge, as it used...

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Sep 2, 2004 - French Riveria - Florence - Day 11

Today we travelled from Antibes to Florence. Amazing the hills in Italy and how many tunnels you go through... Really long tunnels too :-) We went through something like 180 on the way to Florence. We stopped at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. There where other amazing buildings here too and all the touristy markets and people begging for money. Hard to grasp people that have to sell utter shit and sit there begging to stay alive. We got to our camping ground in Florence which has really nice cabins at it and a swimming pool etc. Also all the...

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Laurel's 2004 OE

Sep 1, 2004 - Arriving in Firenze (Florence)

The first thing we did after arriving in Florence was to find our hostel. Our bags were impossibly heavy and I had to rest halfway, even though the hostel was only about 12 blocks away. The hostel itself left a little to be desired. There were no locks on our room and nowhere to lock anything up. It was a strange place, though the people staying there seemed fairly nice, and it was really cheap. The weather in Florence is hot and humid and it never cools off, because everything is made of stone, and it holds the heat all night. After an...

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Sep 1, 2004 - The tower really leans

I got on an early train to Florence today, and got to my hostel before lockout, so I was able to get check in before going out again. Since I had already validated my Eurail pass for the day (I get to use it 10 days out of 2 months) I figured I would get the most out of it and go out to Pisa for a little while. Its about an hour away. I got out there and found my way to the historic area where the Leaning Tower and the Cathedral are. Since I seem to be climbing anything possible on the trip, I decided to climb the tower too. They only let...

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Aug 22, 2004 - Feasting in Florence

Hi Everyone We moved to Florence on Sunday and after a very nice train trip we started exploring the city. The main food market was closed by there were plenty of piazza eateries open and ready to demonstrate the charms of Tuscan cooking. We had a selection of regional starters for first course and it was REALLY good, then followed this up with fresh calamari and scampi and I couldn't resist the home-made tiramisu. Then we waddled back to the hotel and had a sleep before setting off on an evening promenade past the fourth largest cathedral...

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Miezis World Tour

Aug 13, 2004 - the journey to Florence

After a hotel breakfast and packing in Venice, I was off with my luggage to the train station to catch my already reserved train to Florence. I was ecstatic to see we were taking Eurostar, as it the new new, sleek and clean train. All of the seats are sets of two, facing two more, with a table between. I was sandwiched in with a family from Boston. As I learned throughout our trip, the daughter, the sole representative of our generation, is in college and was ecstatic to have another young person to talk to. Unfortunately for her, and as...

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Jul 31, 2004 - Through Florence to Cinque Terre

Our overnight train from Vienna to Florence was awesome. We had our own cabin on the train, so no other stinky travelers with us. We ran from our train to catch the one to La Spezia then connected to Vernazza in Cinque Terre. It is so beautiful here. Shelly and I rented a litte boat this afternoon and went for a cruise up and down the coastline along the five cities of Cinque Terre. Vernazza is definately the prettiest of them. We anchored the boat several times and went swimming. The water here is crystal clear with plenty of fish to swim...

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Lost in Europe

Jul 8, 2004 - What a doozie!

So we board our train last night to find out that the agent reserved our seats for the 7th of AUGUST! Shelly was lucky enough to get some moody and quite mean french woman screaming at her on the train as we tried to get off. We managed to get onto another train and with a connection, we are here. We found a pretty nice place in the historical district, about 500 meters from where Sue will be arriving tomorrow. We saw her place... BIG EYEBALLS We are going to poke around town and get something to eat now. Shelly is drooling at the shopping...

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Lost in Europe

Jun 6, 2004 - Touchdown in Florence

After a couple plane rides we landed in Florence, Italy. The views from the airplane we spectacular. We flew over the Swiss Alps which had snow capped peaks and small villages in the green valleys. When we were flying over Tuscany all you could see were vinyards after vinyards on the hilly terrain. Florence is a busy city with a lot of traffic and pedestrians. Everything is so small here. The cars are small because the streets are small. Many people ride motorcycles and scooters and bicycles to fight the traffic. Our hotel is nice but the...

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Apr 7, 2004 - Nice/Pisa/Florence

Out of Nice by 8:30 and on to the Parfumerie. As I would have received an instant headache due the the overstimulation of my olfactory glands I sat outside, admired the view, and chatted with a guy on the tour who had done this particular activity a few years prior. On to Italy where we stopped for lunch at the nightmare that they call a service stop. Getting your food here is a real adventure: you have to go look at what you want, go to the counter and pay for it, then return to the food area where you pick it up. So very dumb. After lunch...

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Colin's World Tour

Mar 21, 2004 - Firenze (Florence), Tuscany

NOTE: TIME (AND MONEY - EUROPE IS EXPENSIVE!) DOES NOT PERMIT A LENGTHY WRITE-UP; APOLOGIES TO ALL. Florence is one of those cities that people the world over, whether or not they know anything about the place, long to see and experience. After spending some time there, we can see why - it is a beautiful place surrounded by stunning scenery (see the following entry). Its charm, like so many places in Tuscany, lies in it's narrow cobbled streets lined with lovely little stores. Adding to the town's charm was the fact that we stayed in a...

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World Trip 03/04

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