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Feb 5, 2018 - Florence

Collecting our rental car went way more smoothly than that in Verona and we actually were given what we had ordered 6 months ago. In fact we gained diesel at no extra charge. This was a good sign. We headed off in our nippy little Fiat Punto through hilly landscapes and small towns in the direction of the Mediterranean and our rented unit at Moneglia slightly north of the Cinque Terre. A little rain here and there was of no concern just like the road traffic, there was almost none. Stone quarries dominated many of the small villages and we...

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Feb 5, 2018 - on the road to Florence

Our departure from Verona started off well with an early bus from Piazza Bra. Sadly we overran our rail terminal destination and had to walk a few blocks back to the airport shuttle depot. Not a great start and things didn't get a whole lot better. Davey-o boarded the shuttle through the middle door which upset the ZZ Top look alike driver no end. He shut the door on Gilli-ette which didn't go down well. A driver change with a fresh attitude and all was good. Things were also good at the airport terminal where we picked up our hire car,...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Florence

Last day of trip today. Decided we would do the Renaissance walk as described in Rick Steve's book on Italy, Florence section. Started off by visiting the Duomo Museum. Incredible sculptures by Michaelangelo, Donatello and Bernini among others. Also quite a few paintings and artifacts from the Middle Ages. The two best were Michaelangelo's Pieta and Donatello's Mary Magdeline. The latter carved from white poplar and still in wonderful condition. After the museum we made our way to Palazza Vecchio to see the copy of Michaelangelo's David. I...

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Adriatic Cruise

Oct 15, 2017 - Florence

Up early to catch the 7:00 AM water shuttle from our hotel to the train station to catch our 9:00 AM train. Couldn't see a thing on the 20 minute ride due to very thick fog. Venetians say the fog is a sign that winter is coming. The train travelled at a pedestrian speed of 300 KMH and we arrived in Florence and our hotel around noon. We had an appointed time at 2:15 for admittance to the Accademia to view the statue of David. Lots of other sculptures and art here as well but obviously David was the draw. Being Oct 15 it was not busy and we...

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Adriatic Cruise

Oct 3, 2017 - Florence continued

Houses and history. The older part of Florence still looks quite affluent I made a list of the English writers poets and artists. Packed in my case! Elizabeth Browning was one. But from the cemetery and community of houses on the hillside, many more. ...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Back to Florence

Again there are things I would have liked to have done or seen. Queues for Michaelango and ??? were long. Around the corner of the block! Considered going to an opera in an English church, then realised my choice of two pants, chosen for comfort and quick drying, werent exactly opera standard of dress. Still even in overcast weather there is always the hop on hop off bus! And in this caevtwo routes. Lots of public art Florence is beautiful even on an overcast day that stopped the views. So i didnt climb up the famous hill...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Florence

An uneventful train trip, except i had a bit of a concern about accommodation. I had realised this morning that my careful booking had missed a day. Leave venice on 1st, booked into florence on 2nd and 3rd. Whoops! The hotel booked for the next 2 night had only a double room for tonight. Cost equal to the next two nights together. A helpful African Italian in the tourist bureau found me an alternative. A nearby 4 star hotel for less than half the price. It includes a proper breakfast. Helps the budget. Some fruit and one meal will do me...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Florence/Pisa

Again as we did yesterday we gathered and went as a group to meet the tour Sharon had booked. Our drive to Florence took about 90 minutes. Our first stop was Piazza Michelangelo, which is THE place where every van, bus and tourist stops in Florence to get that picturesque, postcard photo of scenic Florence… We hop back in the van and drive a short distance up the road, where see Galileo Galilei’s house. Then it's onward to the Academia, The Academia is an art gallery museum that is famous because it houses The David...the famed sculpture by...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Last day in Florence onto England

Up at 730 and ready for our next journey. Taxi to the airport and Then a good 2 hr wait only issue here is more people than chairs! Slept until we get to Rome. Walked miles until next flight. Very worried we would miss it as had a passport check. This was an unexpected delay. Plus the long distance to gate. Looks like a wonderful airport but no time when we touched down in England had to stand for 1.5 for another passport check and entry. Omg. Very hard to stand. Kids crying. Poorly done. Felt bad for all those moms. Now we have missed...

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KayJen Summer 2017

Aug 14, 2017 - Florence Saturday

This morning we had our breakfast on the terrace as another warm and sunny day. Kaylin fell back to sleep so will start later and end later. No problem as holidays are meant to be enjoyed and relaxing. If you race around you miss the excitement and important things around you Today we walked and walked. Saw many old building and found an old monk monetary converted into a museum. All in Italian but we figured the wall paintings were done by someone famous due to security. Dry neat to see how small and bare their rooms were Back walking as...

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KayJen Summer 2017

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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