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Sep 12, 2018 - Florence Day 2

Today was our big tour day in Florence. Cathy had pre-arranged for a six hour walking tour. Our tour guide Eliza, was delightful. She gave us an overview of the city, and showed us some of the significant historical places. The Florence Cathedral, with over 4 million bricks, weighing over 40,000 tons, almost the size of half a football field across at the base, and standing over 10 stories high, it is the largest masonry structure in the world. It took 140 years to complete the building in the 1400s. It took that long because no one had...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Florence Day 1

Woke up this morning to another beautiful day. Every Tuesday is my arthritis meds day. I take methotrexate. When I go to get my pills, I realize I brought the wrong bottle. I have two bottles of prednisone and no methotrexate. Instantly panic sets in! Glenna and I visit a pharmacy down the street. We explain our situation. Luckily the pharmacist spoke English. He sent us to a FirstAid clinic in Saint Marcos Square. Using a computer to translate, the doctor prescribed me my methotrexate. For a total amount of € 11.00, I am back in...

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Sep 5, 2018 - Arrived in Italy....Fiiiiinallllly...!

We departed Newcastle Tues 4 Sept. 2 trains - 2 planes - 1 airport bus on tarmac - 1 shuttle and 1 fast train later, We arrived at our hotel in Florence, Wednesday 5 Sept about 12pm. Literally dropped our bags in our room & headed out to sight see. Gorgeous weather - sunburnt already. Jet lagged due to economy travel. Something we are seriously reviewing for further travels. Thursday we depart Florence for our art retreat. Again this will be another 2 trains & a car trip. We are both needing a holiday just to get over the travelling lol.

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Aug 26, 2018 - August 23 & 24

Dear all, Well as promised this has a few photos from Florence and Pisa. We had a lovely time in Florence looking at beautiful buildings and the Statue of David but chose the river and the hotel for the pictures. The tower of Pisa, about 1 hour30 mins from Florence is not visible from the road as the whole area has a wall around it but when you come to the gate and turn and walk in the gate the wow factor is truly there. It is like a decorated wedding cake all white and shiny with beautiful green grass around it. It is truly magnificent to...

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Our Big Trip

Jul 26, 2018 - Day 11 Michelangelo

Academy of Fine Arts has a wonderful collection of Michelangelo sculptures including his most famous one David. The statue was commissioned for the tower of the church but the Pope disapproved of the naked David so he was put inthe town square. Because of the damage caused my weather, pollution and the pidgeons, the original David was moved into the museum and a replica was placed in the square. There were 4 unfinished statues started by Michelangelo. He died before they were completed. The museum named them the Prisoners because they look...

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Our Travels 18

Jul 25, 2018 - Day 11 Florence

When Florence was a city-state, it was run by the Medici Family. They very rich and very powerful because they were the bankers for the Vatican during the Renaissance. Their palace is in the town square. Many of the buildings in the town square still had their decorations. The buildings were made of brick then covered with plaster and painted. The richer you were the more elaborate the paintings on the front of your home. From there, we walked down a narrow street to the Ponte Vecchio. That bridge has been used for the last 4 centuries.

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Our Travels 18

May 4, 2018 - Exploring the towns of Lucca and Arezzo

During my one week stay in Florence, I have so far made two day trips by train: the first to Lucca, a walled city in western Tuscany near Pisa, and the second to Arezzo, an ancient Etruscan (before the Romans) city in western Tuscany. The photos probably make Lucca seem more appealing (the one day with blue skies in an otherwise rainy week), but I was totally enchanted by the brooding, medieval atmosphere of Arezzo. Unlike many Tuscan hilltop towns, Lucca is completely flat and surrounded by an elevated 4km city wall. Many visitors walk or...

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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 earlier. 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 rental 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...

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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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Nov 2, 2017 - Florence

Florence is known as an open-air museum, home to the de'Medicis, Michaelangeo, Bottecelli and da Vinci. I was anxious to get out to experience Florence in all its glory, knowing I only had 3 days to see everything I wanted to see. I found a charming and inexpensive pension in the old section of town near the famous Duomo and then set out to explore on foot. Florence has the feeling of small medieval town with narrow, winding cobblestone streets and fabulous Renaissance buildings. It is surprisingly busy given that this is a pretty small...

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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

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