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May 29, 2014 - Florence via sweet Orvieto
On the move again, this time from Rome to Florence. Dee, a lovely young Polish girl, was the guide for this leg of the tour. Only six days into the job, she was a little nervous and counted us 3 times every time we stopped, just to be on the safe side. There are no toilets onboard the Busabout buses, but they stop regularly to give everyone a loo break, as well as a chance to grab some food. Our first stop of the day was in Orvieto, an ancient city about 1.5 hours from Rome, right on top of a hill (on the flat summit of the butte of...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2014 - Ciao Italy!
Our last day we climbed the 420+ winding tunnel staircase to the top of the duomo in Florence. The view was spectacular although the climb was quite a feat. Enjoyed the little cafe across the street one more time and the Uruguay waiter that had been so nice to us when we arrived. Finished the trip across the river - beautiful at night and up at 3:30 AM for the flight back to the US! Ciao, Italy!Jump to full entry
May 19, 2014 - Another day trip from Tuscany to Lucca
Today we ventured out on our own to Lucca, Italy. We took the Italian train from Florence to this old walled city founded by the Etruscans and colonized by the Romans in the second century BC. The old town is surrounded by walls and moat to protect the inhabitants. There is also a river of water inside. We visited the Basicalla San Fredando that houses the mummified body of St. Zita, polular St. of Lucca, and Lucca dates back to 795 AD ....absolutely amazing getaway from Florence.Jump to full entry
May 18, 2014 - Lazy Sunday in Florence
Today was a rest day in Florence, so we slept in only to be awakened by a parade of Italian drummers all in traditional costume walking past the apt. to the square! After a late night at the dance club, John and Kim took a walk to the market this afternoon and John and I went to see the leather artisans at the school here. John bought groceries and wine to cook in and went across the street later to the sports bar to watch the Florence vs. Torino soccer match. Lot's of people around on a Sunday afternoon and lot's wearing their favorite...Jump to full entry
May 18, 2014 - Folorence to Tuscany!
We took a Walkabout Tour to Tuscany. Went to Siena which is famous for it's contrades (17 districts of the city .... all named after different animals) and the horse race that they have every year, where each contrade is represented. Today there was a race of a different sort .... ferrari's driving along the horse race path all through the square - the million mile race. So it was quite loud and busy. We saw the most amazing Duomo's (Gothic Catherdral) that I have seen in Europe. Then we went to an organic farm and winery for a tour, wine...Jump to full entry
May 18, 2014 - Firenze
I am behind in my joural and my photos. It is beautiful in Florence...sunny and in the 70's during the day. We spent most of the day walking around and looking and at the markets today....looking at jewelry, scarves, leather jackets & bags. There are two main markets....one just by our apt. and one closer to Central Novella train and bus station and square.Jump to full entry
May 15, 2014 - Arrived Florence!
Arrived Florence! Weather sunny and in the 70's! Met MaryAnne and her dog (she is a pet sitter/dog walker!) at the cafe just oustide the apt. We have a nice large apt. here in Florence with tile floors and large fluffy towels. Also talked with the waiter at the cafe who is a friend of MaryAnnes. He is from Uruguay. Walked up the 102 steps (with bags!) to the 5th floor apt. overlooking the Villa Pellicceria, a few blocks from the Duomo. Walked across the river (gelatto on the way) to the rose garden, high above Florence, with a wonderful...Jump to full entry
Apr 26, 2014 - Fabulous Florence!
After an hour bus ride through rolling Tuscany hills, there we were, bonjourno Firenze! Florence is known for its leather goods and gold. So no surprises that our drop-off point was a leather shop and jeweller opposite the Santa Croce church. Misuri, the leather shop, is a well-established outfit that does a pretty good demo. By a guy that the kids thought looked remarkably like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Read: he managed to retain their attention during his spiel. And yes, the Grays got sucked in and are the proud owners of some...Jump to full entry
Apr 18, 2014 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun I arrived at the Rome airport, found my very cheap, very sketchy airport hotel and settled in for the night, kept awake by an Italian man standing outside his room next door, arguing loudly with someone on the phone for at least an hour. I have no idea what it was about, but I’m pretty sure the Italian word for bitch is either bestia or puttana, because these were used repeatedly, with emphasis. I picked up Helen and Becca, thrilled to see my girlfriends from home, and we started north toward Montepulciano, known...Jump to full entry
Apr 17, 2014 - I see you
Once upon a time during a real job in Fort Mac, I met a man named Jackson* not his real name ;) and there started to be some attraction growing and I was starting to really like what I saw in his eyes when he looked at me. He is smart and kind and willing to go out of his way for others. The only down sides were that he was a bit judgemental and would not hold the door of the car open for me. (Gary and Kevin spoil me) But all of this does not matter for something I said killed any feelings that he looked at me with. What did I say you...Jump to full entry
Apr 13, 2014 - Workshops
I come from a creative family. We are writers, poets, crafters, knitters, Painters, drawers, fashion designers (I used to make Barbie clothes out of felt when I was a kid) We don't usually give ourselves credit for these skills/passions but that stops here I want to spend more time enjoying the things I loved as a kid, arts/craft, being out doors, hiking, dancing they made me so happy. - It is not enough to be outside anymore, I must be with the trees and the leaves and the flowers and the bugs??? hahahaha when I was a kid I hiked all the...Jump to full entry
Apr 10, 2014 - Day 8 - Thursday 10 April - Walk through the Tucany Hills
Today we did an 11km walk from one Tuscany hill-top town to another. This was an incredible way to see and feel the beautiful surrounds of Tuscany. We started in Pienza and finished in Montepulciano. Through vineyards, down and up dirt tracks, crossed streams, past 100s of year old farm cottages. Trish and Sammy joined Megan and I for the first half with Harry meeting us with the car with fresh rolls for lunch, then Megan and I trekked out together to finish the last half. Some of the hill climbs were challenging but all was beautiful under...Jump to full entry