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Oct 13, 2012 - First day in Florence

Hi All Caught the train from Milan to Florence - only took about 1 and a half hours at speed up to 300 kph! Very comfortable train too! Taxi to apartment and greeted by owner, Francesco! He was very helpful and gave us a map of all the things we might want to see here plus good restaurants we should visit. The apartment is great and the location is fantastic! At the end of our via there is a little square with a couple of restaurants/bars/cafes. There are people everywhere- first impression is that it is a beautiful city. Found a great...

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Oct 11, 2012 - Florence and a hospital wait....

Thursday October 11 Early in the morning Robert phoned his bank to cancel his credit card that was in his suitcase. When he talked with his bank he discovered that someone had already phoned and cancelled his card for him (the carry-on bag that was taken by mistake was not locked). His bank also provided a telephone number for him to contact the folks who still had his bag with them. Unfortunately, they were staying in a hotel in Milan and we are at least 40 kilometres south of Florence. We decided the best strategy would be to call them...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Florence

Wednesday, October 10. Florence Having skipped Rome, we decided that we had to do one famous city and on Wednesday, we ventured in to Florence, an hour by train. As beautiful as it is, Florence wasn't as beautiful as the memories from my first visit in 1964 or of my return with Alex in 1980. The Duomo, cathedral, with it's white, green and pink marble facade needs a power wash. Inside, one still marvels at the feat of engineering: they left a hole in the roof when they built it, confident that an architect would appear who could design a...

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Oct 10, 2012 - A trip to Florence to greet Robert at the train station...

Wednesday October 10 We spent another early morning at home before heading into Castelfranco di Sopra to buy milk and bread, after which we took a side trip up to the village of Reggello. The bottle of olive oil provided at the villa was produced in Reggello and we did not realise that the village was so close. Olive groves and vineyards lined the roadside along the way. It was after 1:30 and most of the small stores are closed -- a usual lunch time (12:30 or 13:00 to 15:00 or 16:00) occurrence, so consequently, the village was quite...

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Oct 8, 2012 - Florence

We started the day with a drive to the next town Certaldo to catch a train to Florence. The drive didn't take long even with the fog we are begining to expect each morning, at least it was a little cooler for a change. It was interesting working out how to use the long term parking when nothing was in english but we eventually got it right and in time for the train. It only took 45 - 50 mins and we were back in Florence. Armed with a tourist map we headed out in the direction we hoped we wanted to head. First stop was the Cathedral Santa...

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Oct 7, 2012 - Exploring nearby towns and villages for supplies

Sunday October 7 It was forecast rain for today and it was just as well that we had planned a quiet day of rest, shopping, laundry and uploading our trip journal. Nevertheless, we left our villa after breakfast to explore Castelfranco di Sopra -- our nearest small town. The town is quite nice. Although nearly everything was closed, being a Sunday, we popped into a bread and pastry shop and bought a loaf, some butter and a packet of tortellini just in case we were too late for other shops (we were told that everything closed at 12:30 and it...

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Oct 6, 2012 - To the Tuscany villa south of Florence, near Castelfranco di Sopra

Saturday October 6 We breakfasted again at our hotel (did we mention that this buffet breakfast was particularly good grea coffee, cereals, brioches, toast and jams, fruit of all kinds, boiled eggs, and the usual Parma ham and cheeses ) and went to retrieve our car from Cittadella. As an aside: the parking lot was great -- the floors were tile, all very clean; each parking bay had a light overhead on the roof to indicate if it was free (green if empty, red if full), so one could easily find a vacant spot by looking along the rows as you...

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Sep 26, 2012 - Europe Day 11: Florence

Copy and paste link to photos: Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Pisa https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152154570210707.909990.746395706&type=3 Wednesday, 26th September. Day 11 To Florence (Firenze), 515km Ciro is back as our driver today. We had a 7.30 start to avoid the traffic, but that didn’t work too well as we got caught in a traffic jam for around 40 minutes near Naples. Our morning tea stop is at Cassino, the Abbey of Monte Cassino is on the hilltop above us. During WWII the monastery was part of a German defensive line. In...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Day 7.....sigh

Friday, August 31......sigh, the last day of riding We slept well, in spite of the concrete mattress and mdf pillows.....sleeping pills for Coco finally did the trick! We arose at about 6:30 to begin our day, packed up our stuff and headed to breakfast at 7:00. Breakfast was included as part of our stay at each hotel, and the menu varied from fresh pastries with filling (Nutella is popular here), to cereals, sliced meat and cheese, milk, juice and bottled water. The Hotel Il Sole had typical fare, with excellent croissants! We chatted with...

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Aug 28, 2012 - Back to Firenza, aka Florence

After chatting with Simona last night, she thinks a day trip to Florence would be nice. I'm like, sounds good to me. So, up at 7am after about 6hours of sleep, I'm out the door and Simona said she could drop me off at the station. That works. An hour later, I'm back in Florence around 930am. Let the exploration of Florence commence. Main goal of today was to see the Statue of David atop the hillside. Simona suggested I go check out the Boboli Gardens so I did that first. Figured I'd be there for awhile. Huge complex of Statues, museums,...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Day 3 - Florence (Firenze)

Ciao from Firenze (Florence)......The Wild Hogs were joined by the rest of our tour group at the Hotel Novotel on Sunday evening. Our guide, Hermann Reuther, also known as "Hermann the German" and "Hermie", and Oliver "Ollie" Heller, (junior tour guide, traffic blocker and driver of the van with our luggage) caught up with us in the bar. We were joined shortly thereafter by two South African brothers - John and Peter Rimbault - brothers from a different mother, or so they said. We were then greeted by Lorenzo and Pat DiGirolamo from...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Day 3, part 2......Piazzale Michelangelo

Monday, August 27....on top of a hill in Florence We rode through busy but beautiful hills to a high spot overlooking Florence for our first foray on the Harleys. We reached Piazzale Michelangelo around 10:30, parked in the parking lot with throngs of people and proceeded to view the first of many stunning views, no doubt. In the parking lot area was a large replica of Michelangelo's most famous work - a statue of David. Stunning views of Florence were to be had from every angle and we took advantage of each and every one of them.

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