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Jul 6, 2012 - Pisa! (Florence- Day 3)

Ciao from Florence.. Again! Today we made a day trip to Pisa! We left Florence at around 8:30 and took a train to Pisa. We arrived in the city about an hour later, and took a taxi to Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). There, the Baptistery and Duomo (I know, again with that word, but Pisa has a Duomo too:) ), a large cemetery, and of course, the Leaning Tower are located. As the Tower came into view from behind the Duomo, I was amazed. The tower really does tilt! We took tons of pictures and watched as other tourists took the popular...

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Jul 5, 2012 - Florence- Day 2

Ciao from Florence once more! Today we had a very busy day walking the streets of Florence to see all there is to see in the city. Our first stop on the walk was the Accademia Museum to see the famous sculpture, the David, by Michelangelo. This seventeen-foot-tall statue shows the hero of the biblical story, 'David and Goliath'. The story tells that a young boy by the name of David killed the horrible beast Goliath with only his slingshot, when the most powerful army in the land couldn't defeat it. The sculpture is breath-takingly amazing...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Florence- Day 1

Ciao from Florence! This morning we took a high-speed train from Venice to Florence, and it wasn't just my first time, but my grandparent"s first time too! It was a very different experience. There is no security to get on the train, which was a little unnerving, but still alright. You don't know exactly where and when the trains will arrive, which you can imagine was very confusing. But we did manage to make it to FLorence in one piece! When we arrived, we walked to our hotel. Our hotel has a pool (a very rare thing to find in a European...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Florence 2 - 'Youre Not Pregnant Gypsy!'

Florence was even busier today, add in with that gypsies. They were the first I've seen, and one faked a pregnancy and tried to grab my pocket. Every time I saw her I was getting mad, apparently the are given 30 euros a day by the government and still beg. I spent the day with the 2 girls from Calgary on our trip, we mostly staggered around to shadows since it was so hot. We climbed up the duomo bell tower, what a view! It took 500 steps tho so our legs were shaking at the end. In general florence and its streets were beautiful, every...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Jun 24, 2012 - Florence 1 - Scorching Italy

Things have hit breakneck pace. Here we go. Sunday morning I woke up to find out I missed wake up, I had 60 seconds to pack and get up or I was finding my own way to Florence...I made it. We went to Pisa first to see the tower. It was good but i almost feel the bigger sight was endless ridiculous tourists posing for the tower. NOOnE was actually appreciating the tower itself just getting their cheesy picture an leaving. That stuff bothers me. We got to Florence where more of the same awaited. It was absurdly hot there. We got a bypass to...

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Alex en Europa 2012

Jun 22, 2012 - Montepulciano, Italy

Montepulciano was the end of my 5 day tour of North Italy. This was a great way to end the trip. The medieval village was very quiet, no other tour buses there. The day was cooler and the village was very quaint. There were wine tasting shops everywhere, but by the time we finished a very leisurely lunch I only had time to dash into a shop and buy a bottle of their well recommended red wine, Belle Nova of Montepulciano. Sorry, not shipped to the USA.

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Jun 20, 2012 - Another enjoyable day in Florence

We head into the city again. This time to the post office to send some stuff home – are now thinking about the weight of hand luggage etc. After some time we finally manage to complete all the necessary forms – why did I mention a CD, that means an additional form. All the employees very casually dressed. Did expect them to be in some type of uniform but mostly in jeans and tops/shirts. Megan heads off to do some of her own sightseeing. We board another red bus. Florence is very beautiful – some of the areas on the other side of the river...

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Jun 20, 2012 - rome and florence

So napels was interesting. It was beautiful don't get me wrong, but the people were just differyo At our hostel, the owner kept being creepy and asking us questions, and apparently to 2 different people we sound like we are aussies. Don't ask me why. I don't think we sound austrailian At all. Anyways after napels we went to Rome. On our first night there, we explored the city, and got some awesome gelato. It was Sooo good. On our second and last day in Rome, we basically did everything in Rome in one day. We did the Trevi fountain, the...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Florence and Pisa, Italy

It is so very hot everyone on this tour is suffering. This kind of tour lets you see a lot in a short time. But you miss so much worth seeing, too because there isn't enough time. It is a big decision which to do. I hate being herded in and out along with thousands. It is like a 10 cruise ship day in St. Thomas. I'm looking forward to more time, and a chance to see everything at a slower pace once I get to Abruzzo.

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Jun 19, 2012 - Florence

Today we have the pleasure of returning the car in Florence. The GPS doesn’t come up with the street shown on our car documentation so we go for the nearest interpretation and hope for the best. Initially we are taken through a really old area – very narrow roads, only one direction of traffic at a time – all courtesy of traffic lights. A little worrying where ‘Ken’ (the Aussie version of the GPS) is taking us but we are quickly in the suburbs of Florence. When we finally get to our destination, much to our delight, we find there is a...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Italy - Florence

6th June 2012 (Bed 44) Ok, we have been keeping a secret from you. We actually had more car trouble; the air conditioner in the car didn’t work. It was difficult to be sure when we were in the UK as it was so cold. Anyway, long story short, with the help of the receptionist at the hotel, we found a Ford dealer that would fix it for us. Thank goodness they were within walking distance of our hotel. We left the car with them and crossed our fingers that it would get fixed within the 4 days we had in Florence. It was getting late so we...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Florence for a last night

Apologies for the radio silence. No wi Fi in San Gimignano and then quite limited access in Florence has kept this journal a little quiet (ie non existent). We have also been rather busy with our holiday! :-) Our last day in Siena was as quiet as the first copley, with more wandering around and a bit of perusing the shops. We took the bus to San Gimignano and happily were able to get into our bandB room there by about 11am; and fabulous it was too. Overlooking the main thoroughfare with very tall ceilings of solid painted timber, great...

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