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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 19th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Je commence par répondre à la question, pour communiquer te sers tu google?. De temps en temps pour traduire un mot que je ne connais pas en anglais, où comme ici en italien, mais le plus souvent je me tais, par manque d'envie de communiquer avec des gens qui ne me plaisent pas, et c'est souvent la cas. Depuis une semaine, pas de tv, pas d'infos, sauf les grands titres, en ouvrant le portail internet. Je me disais, hier dans la voiture, que je pourrais peut-être modifier mon programme et que plus tôt que d'aller en Albanie, Grèce etc etc , je pourrais aller tout au sud de l'Italie en Sicile, revenir par la Sardaigne et ensuite soit par Gêne ou la Corse. Ce serais peut-être plus sage. Comme ça se passe pas ... read more
Michel-Ange de David de nuit
Chiesa di  Frediano
logia dei Frescobaldi

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 18th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Hier au soir j'ai enfin trouvé le restaurant conseillé par Denis. Lui m'avait indiqué via????mais c'était vialle ???. Excellente adresse, pour manger, mais 45 minutes pour garer le voiture, j'étais sur le bord de renoncer, quand enfin une place. Au resto, le patron me dit en français, c'est samedi, on refuse en permanence, oui, mais c'est Denis qui m'envoie chez vous, alors patienté 2 minutes, qui se sont transformées en 20-25. J'ai patienté car je voyais défilé des plats qui me tentaient beaucoup, et ma nectarine du midi était loin. Enfin assis, j'attendais qu'on prenne la commande, lorsqu'il est revenu, avec un gars, un vieux, peut être plus jeune que moi, c'est un ami, je le mets avec toi. Ce gars connaissait la table d'à côté. Finalité, comme j'étais français, j'ai eu 6 ... read more
Baptistère Saint Jean
Piazza della  Signoria
Cathédrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 9th 2021

During the last three visits to the Questura in Florence I've seen the same British people at the Questura, and whilst waiting for our appointments we have long conversations about our individual situations and the impact Brexit is having on our lives. The couple I see often are now having to drive their British car back to Britain to sell it as it is now illegal to drive a British car in Italy without Italian license plates and nobody here will buy a right hand drive. But the Italian government unlike other European governments haven't finished the administration for it. The couple will need to buy an Italian car. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 2nd 2021

After an evening walking around, we stopped and had drinks just outside the Duomo. It was fun to bask in the moonlight at a small outdoor café. Before hitting Florence, we thought we’d spend a couple of hours in Pisa. Pisa was only an addition when we knew we’d have grandkids along. Dale and I were above the tourist trap thing. From our apartment in Florence, we were able to walk to the train station in about 5 – 10 min. We hopped the train and an hour later we were in Pisa. We tried to follow the Rick Steves walk but kept getting lost. Finally, we made it to the Leaning Tower missing most of what we were supposed to see. What a tower, it really leans, like it looks like it is going to ... read more
The Leaning tower
Inside the leaning tower
A view of the Field of Miracles from the roof

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 9th 2021 8th February - Palazzo Vecchio & Ponte Vecchio Another visit to Florence, this time we started our tour at Piazza Della Signoria an L-shaped square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio (Town Hall)and the gateway to the Uffizi Gallery. The last time I was here was back a few years ago and we sat with friends in the square and enjoyed strawberries and cream in the sunshine. The Town Hall is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany, overlooking the square with its copy of Michaelangelo’s David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia with its open-air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art. Another feature is the beautiful fountain of Neptune, the statue is also known as the Biancone (great white) on account of the brilliance of its marble. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 5th 2021

Hello everyone, this was part of a 3 month trip through Europe. We started in Venice and ended up in London. We started these blogs after we had already been to Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. We couldn't upload photos very well (if at all) and mostly just wanted to be able to remember all of our trips. Everyone once in a while someone calls me and asks questions about our travels and I'm always excited to relive them and share our experiences in hopes it will make their trip better. When we first started on these long trips we didn't interact with locals as much as I wish we had. As we got more comfortable being gone 1-2-3-4 months at a time, we also slowed down and savored visiting and sharing a lot more. ... read more
Hotel Caravaggio- room
Hotel Caravaggio Breakfast Terrace

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence February 5th 2021 5th February- Florence We started our virtual tour today in a place I recognised from all those years ago when I used to visit Florence on business. Although I remember the statue I remember just as much the market where I would often purchase a nice leather handbag or some beautiful gloves which I still gave today. Il Porcellino, as the Italians call him, means “the little pig”. However the bronze statue sitting at the side of the New Market (Mercato Nuovo) is really a wild boar, or cinghiale in Italian. He supposedly brings good luck when visitors rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth. If the water washes the coin from the pig’s mouth and it falls into the grate below, you will have good luck and you will be sure ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence January 19th 2021

Florence was beautiful without tourists and it was really nice to be able to pick out the florentines as they were the only visible group of people in Florence, as there were no tourists. I could also admire the buildings and take clearer photos than I had been able to over the last 3 years, before the general lockdown came into force and flights from Asia and the US arriving into Italy were banned, which saw a huge drop in tourism to Florence. I arrived in Santa Maria Novella station, walked past the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, then towards Piazza del Duomo, then towards Piazza Della Signoria and on to Ponte Vecchio, where I took several photos of the river Arno. The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella is probably the church I passed by most ... read more
Cosimo dei Medici
River Arno
Banks of the River Arno

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence October 27th 2019

It is an hour and a half train ride into Florence, ITALY where the language spoken is Florentine. This city is where opera started in the 16th Century. It is also the birthplace of fashion, which you can still see exists today in the shops. Ponte Vecchio allows for beautiful views. It is the only bridge that was not demolished during WWII. Being Sunday, the area is packed with people, most who are enjoying the delicious food available from many of the markets. Wanting to see Siena, ITALY, it is back on the train for a short ride. The countryside is just like in the movies with rows of vineyards, cypress and stone pine trees, and medieval towns built on hill tops. On arriving in Siena, we purchase two bus tickets, get on a bus, and ... read more
The Baptistery of St John
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Brooklyn Bridge! (Just checking to see if you are reading the captions!)

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence October 24th 2019

Supposed to rain today...back packs all sorted last night...out by 9.30am to Santa Maria Novella Stazione to beat the rain. 161,000 people a day move through the station. Our high speed train at 10:52 took 90mins to Rome....travelling at times 251kms per hour! 😯😲 didn't feel a thing!! Arriving into Roma Termini Stazione we were armed with our prepurchased metro tickets from our last visit so we were straight onto the A Line metro, 4 stops to San Giovanni's 'Re di Roma'. About 8 roads to choose from to find Via was of course the only one unamed! Our host was waiting for us. Alessandro greeted us & showed us around. We chatted for about half an hour (he spoke very good English). A great restful night in a quiet neighbourhood. Friday there is a ... read more
Santa Maria Novella
High speed train
251km per hour!!

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