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Jun 10, 2017 - Firenze, Italy

We arrived in Florence to a spacious apartment just a half a block from the Duomo. While a duomo is by name a cathedral, it takes on more significance in Florence as it is the center of the historic city. In addition to the cathedral engineered by Brunelleschi, there are the equally admirable Campanile (bell tower) and Baptistry. One could look at the doors of the Baptistry (referred to as the Gates of Paradise) for hours. But there is much more in Florence. There are several beautiful piazzas each typically having a riduculously beautiful...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Florence and Pisa

It's Friday it must be Pisa and Florence. Having a great time and enjoying everything here. The weather has been great so far, sunny and warm but not too hot. Yesterday we spent the day exploring Genoa, a really great looking city and worth another visit. Sorry, Internet so slow can't upload any photos.

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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...

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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...

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May 22, 2017 - Final Day

Hello Family and Friends, This will be our last update as we will be on board the big bird back to Australia tomorrow Tuesday 23rd. We had another day in Florence before we left Arezzo it was a trip just to wander to some of the beautiful sights and just take it all in. Tuesday of last week was my birthday and we were taken out to lunch by Tina our land lady, to a beautiful restaurant up in the hills overlooking Arezzo, it was absolutely beautiful. Then on Tuesday night David took me out to dinner which was also beautiful we had a lovely...

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May 19, 2017 - Siena

Siena is a beautiful town. It has lovely cathedrals and a famous La Plaza where a horse race takes place in August. All the locals cheer for their riders who ride bareback around the concrete oval. Many historical views and sites to see. Toni and I walked over 25500 steps today and my feet knew it lol. We finished the day by having wine and antipasto on the top of the fortress whilst runners and walkers past us by.

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May 18, 2017 - Siena

Well my first day of driving is over and it all went pretty well. Had a little fun with a toll gate early in day but other than that we all survived thanks to my wonderful navigator and sound advice from Adam..keep right always!! It really does work­»ść We found our lively bnb and Lawrence our host and his father were waiting for us. Having found a close park Fifi was unpacked and safely left for the next two nights while we explore the city of Siena.

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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...

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May 16, 2017 - Nearly Over

Hello Family and Friends, Our trip is nearly over only a week to go, how time flys when you are having fun. We have had another trip up to Florence this time we wandered through Piazza Santa Maria Novella and then walked around to San Marco Piazza to catch the bus up to Fiesole. Fiesole is on one of the hills overlooking Florence and was used in the early times as a getaway for the rich to escape the heat and humidity of Florence. It also has some Roman ruins which we walked around very fascinating and in great shape they are being looked...

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2013 Italian Odyssey

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...

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May 14, 2017 - Day trip to Lucca

Took a day trip to the small Tuscan town of Lucca today. It still has a complete wall around the town that is still intact. The walls were built to protect Lucca againsts attacks and sieges by Florence and Tuscany. We walked the entirety which was an easy 4.5 km. Stopped for lunch at local trattorie, gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts for me and antipasta for Loralie. Back to La specia for rest, planning and then dinner. Don't tell anyone but we were looking for a bit of spice and headed for the local Indian. Loralie had Chicken Tandori...

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May 11, 2017 - Siena

Last day in Siena and feeling like locals we opted to purchase some antipasta items from the local deli. That was an experince! and yummy. Finally time for Loralie to enjoy the Xmas present I bought for her. Chianti Sunset dinner at Casafrassi Farm and Winery. Picked up at our accommodation by the pleasant Stephan we got to visit another walled castle town, Monteriggioni. Where parts of Gladiator were filmed. Unfortunately ther wasn't much of a sunset to be seen but it wasn't raining. Dropped home about 10 30 after a great evening for our...

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