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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence April 16th 2022

Friday, April 15, 2022 Port of Civitavecchia, Rome We HATE travel days. Neither of us sleeps the night before; afraid we’ll miss the alarm. The seas were calm, my back is getting better (with medicine) daily. Nevertheless – we awoke EXHAUSTED which is never a good thing. Everything is packed, our luggage is off the ship and we have a “few” bags to carry out…. meaning we have a TON of stuff! Does it multiply when we sleep? Why is nothing fitting into the suitcase? UGH…I’m SO OVER IT. Christopher arranged with Black Lane to pick us up at 9:30am at the port. We were off the ship at 8:15am. Oh well, better to wait than to be late, right? Well, that’s how WE feel. Time, Christopher, and I wait for no-one; and we don’t expect ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence April 16th 2022

NEWSFLASH Remember that shirt I have spoken of that eluded us throughout Spain?, in Firenze at Massimo Dutti Christopher bought the LAST one in his size! He is over the moon (frankly, so am I). Finally found that darned shirt. EVVIVA.... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence January 21st 2022

Here we are for our next romantic stop, I name Florence. We spent a last night in Venice...out of the bus from Cortina late afternoon, and next morning on the train to Florence. So last easy local dinner in Venice before our next stop. The train ride is short of three hours and we were staying next to the train station for our last night in Venice. So here we are in sunny and much warmer Florence. Last time I took the train from Venice to Florence was back in 1996 and it took forever. Very different story this time, they even come around with some complimentary snacks....but no bubbles! Our new crib is the super classy St Regis. Let's not comment too much on the super suite upgrade. We have the place to ourselves and ... read more
Another beautiful day in Italy...
On top of the Duomo
Lovely breakfast at the St Regis...

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence August 12th 2021

Wednesday Eric and I took off on Air France with a brief stop in Paris on our way to Florence, Italy. Five minutes into the drive to the airport, I got an alert on my phone saying our flight was delayed 4 hours, so we went back home. We were going to miss the second leg of our trip, so I nervously waited for everything to be rearranged and rebooked, and fortunately it was all smoothed out in time. The flight and stop were uneventful, though Paris CDG airport was under construction and we felt very rushed going through security a second time and making our way to the other concourse. The Thursday midday landing in Florence was extremely abrupt, and I overheard the flight attendant mention to a mother with small children that the runway ... read more
Street art

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

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