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  • Day44

    Florence and Tuscany

    October 16, 2016 in Italy

    So as you can see we're getting a little slower at posting on the blog...it's about week 7 right now so as you can imagine we've been pretty busy! But of course we want to keep you all in the loop so here is a brief post on Florence.

    We really enjoyed the city and it helped that Rupal had been there before. What we found most fun about Florence were the streets at night. Deserted after the tourists had gone to bed was when we could really appreciate what the city had to offer. The amazing architecture and culture of renaissance art are still preserved in the city which make you feel like you have some how gone back in time.

    We also took a little time to explore Tuscany, the region in which Florence is based. This of course included a wine tour to taste some Chianti Classico. Not only did we enjoy learning about the wine made in the region but we also learnt a lot about olive oil and balsamic which was neat.

    We'll be back Florence, you're a pretty magical city!
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  • Day32

    Firenze

    September 27, 2017 in Italy

    Taking into account all wisdom published on the internet about NOT parking in Florence, we headed off to what was supposed to be the super-dooper new parking lot off the A1 built at the end of the tram line, which was not expensive and features a quick ride on the tram into Florence. Reality = if you didn't approach the super-dooper new parking lot from the A1 autostrade (which we didn't) then you can't actually access it. So what we witnessed was a gigantic brand new parking lot with almost no cars parked in it which we could circumnavigate, but not get into. Frustrating! After driving around for way longer than desired, we parked in some industrial estate hoping we wouldn't be towed/clamped, walked to the tram and scooted into Florence.

    We wandered to the obligatory attractions of Florence, but I have to say that the entire experience was not all that enjoyable and the only thing you could (sort of) get from the experience was a) it would be horrible to be a native to Firenze and have to live in the city positively heaving with tourists and b) Florence is a victim of it's own fame. We heard one American guy stating that it just seemed to be one gigantic shopping mall for tourists. Pretty much summed it up... [I realise this is probably a case of committing culture-lovers' blasphemy. I am sure the city is perfectly lovely if you take all the people out of it.]

    Just as we were waiting for the tram to come home Kate and I wandered into a nearby shopping mall in search of a loo and witnessed two ladies taking their dogs shopping with them, who did "their business" in the middle of the mall (think of this in the middle of Garden City and you could imagine our horror at the sight!) and then just walk off. Gobsmacking.
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  • Day32

    The quest for a football jersey

    September 27, 2017 in Italy

    Finn has been desperate to buy a soccer jersey for EVER! Today as we wandered through Florence we came across a store totally dedicated to soccer gear AND they have gear for Real Madrid AND they customised the jerseys as you watched which, admittedly, was pretty cool.

    Using the money he has been saving up since his birthday and Christmas last year Finn bought the "away jersey" for Real Madrid, got the #7 jersey for Cristiano Ronaldo, and could also get his name on it. One happy boy at the end of it all!

    He realised later he didn't have the shorts, so I guess that gives us something to look out for during the rest of the holiday!
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  • Day12

    ‍At around 3 am John's phone rang and it was the aides from Merica House where Matt lives called to let us know that Matt was running a fever. John suggested they give him aspirin or Tylenol. He also told them that we were in Italy and 6 hours ahead of them, but to call us if the situation got worse (not that we thought it would.

    After breakfast, we enjoyed a wonderful lecture on At and History by Elaine Ruffolo, an Art History expert. Her specialty was Economic Art History and she teaches at the Syracuse University in Florence.

    After the lecture, we met our guides and walked to the Accademia to see Michael Angelo's sculpture of David (among other statues).  After seeing the David statue, our guide took us to the Duomo and then to the Piazza della Repubblica.  Then we had free time to explore on our own.  We decided to get lunch first and we went to the Yellow Bar.   Prior to being seated, they showed us where their homemade pasta is made.  I had their pasta stuffed with ricotta and spinach. It was wonderful.  And I had my first Italian beer - Toscana.  John had a pizza with ham and Tonic water.

    Our plan was to visit the Galileo Museum and the Cathedral Museum after lunch.  However, both Museums were closed on Tuesdays.  So instead we wandered around for a while and then gathered up our dirty laundry and found a nearby self-serve laundromat.  To kill some time and to get change, I found a little shop where I could get fresh squeezed orange juice (squeezed while I watched).  Once our clothes were did, we returned to the hotel to shower and change for dinner.

    Dinner was at Restaurant Paoli, a medieval restaurant, where we enjoyed a typical Tuscan dinner.  We could again select three courses.  I decided to forego pasta since I had had it for lunch and instead chose a "vegetable pie" that was more like spinach torte with no crust for my first course.   For my second course, I selected the beef filet with a balsamic and mustard sauce.  It was delicious and very tender.  For the third course I selected dessert from the dessert cart.  The best part of the dessert was that I could get small pieces of more than one of the dessert.  I selected the chocolate balls that were like round Nepolians in a chocolate sauce and I selected a custard torte.  Both were wonderful.   And of course there was plenty of wine (everyone at our table had the white one - although all of us had either beef or pork).  

    We returned to our hotel around 9:30 pm. I read for a while and then turned in.
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  • Day13

    ‍When I returned to the room after breakfast, John was on the phone.  It turned out that during the evening Matt's fever Rose to 104 and the aides called 911 and Matt was transport to Alexandria Hospital.  He was admitted to the ICU there (John didn't mention that Matt was in the ICU until later in the afternoon when I asked him about the phone call).  John spoke to the nurse who told him that they thought the fever was because of a urinary tract infection.  John provided or health insurance information and said he would call them later in the day to get an update.

    We had the day to ourselves to explore, but talking with the hospital resulted in us getting out later than planned.  We decided to go to the Cathedral Museum first.  We learned a lot about the contribution of the Duomo.  As we were leaving the museum John noticed the skies are darkening, so we returned to the hotel to pick up our umbrella and the rain ponchos we had been given in Rome.  While we were in the hotel we heard a lot of thunder. 

    We decided to get lunch before going to the next museum.  We selected two restaurants near the hotel, but in the direction we would be heading to the museum.  We found the first restaurant on our list easily enough and were seated right away.  We were given menus and began selecting what we wanted to eat and drink.  But no one came to our table to take off order.  Then I noticed a table that had been empty when we were seated who had drinks and bread.  We waited a few minutes longer and then left.  Our second choice restaurant seated us; provided menus and told us about the specials; and came back and took our order.  Meanwhile, it began to rain pretty hard.  Our meal was good and we finished when it looked like the rain had subsided.  Unfortunately, it was just a false sense of security, because it started pouring within a about a block.  We tried sharing an umbrella, but I just got soaked, so we both stopped and put on our rain ponchos. 

    At the Galileo Museum we stuffed our backpack, ponchos and umbrella in a locker, and purchased our tickets.  We were able to download the Museum app and because I had my Bluetooth headphones with me I could listen to commentary on each of the rooms.  John was only able to read text.  However, most of the display cases include information in English.  We toured the museum long enough for my sandals to dry out (no need for the hair dryer).

    We completed the tour and returned to the hotel to shower and meet the group at 5:30 for a tour of the Ufitzi Gallery.  The Ufitzi was very impressive and I got to see several paintings I have seen in books.

    After the tour, John and I walked to the river and crossed the bridge with all the gold shops just to look.  We considered having dinner on the other side of the river, but since we weren't very hungry, we decided to get soup or something light near too the hotel and to get some gelato at the shop or guide recommended (Perché no!). So we went back to the Yellow Bar.  I had vegetable soup and John had bread soup.  Both were closer to stews than soup.  I enjoyed mine, but there were too many green vegetables in his four hours liking.  I also had a bottle of the Toscana beer.  Then we had for the Gelato store where I got black cherry and hazelnut and John got black cherry and a cream.  I liked mine a lot, John thought his was just okay, since he prefers Lemon and they didn't have that.  We returned to the hotel and John called the hospital to get an update on Matt.  Matt's fever had gone up again and they still didn't know what the bacteria was, yet.  Matt was asleep, so we didn't get to speak with him.  Then it was time to pack so we could leave for Venice in the morning.  Looking forward to Venice.
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  • Day27

    Florence

    June 5, 2015 in Italy

    Florence was beautiful, I enjoyed exploring with Jessie and Jayden for most of the day because everyone split off after our walking tour. We went to Zaza for lunch, a place that our walking tour guide recommended - it was delicious.
    During the day we managed to see the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, The Baptistery & Piazza Della Singnoria! We were also taken to a Florentine leather craft demonstration which was interesting!Read more

  • Day26

    Red Garter

    June 4, 2015 in Italy

    Tonight we went to Red Garter for drinks and a little bit of karaoke! The cocktails were huge and everyone was getting a bit tipsy. Highlight of the night was when Will got up on stage and sung 'Sweet Home Alabama', he was awesome - everyone was on their feet singing and dancing!

  • Day139

    Florence

    August 7, 2015 in Italy

    With James and Steph in tow we set off for Florence. Its a long travel day so we happily check into our airbnb and settle in for the night watching Gladiator (after being inspired by the Colloseum visit!) on the home cinema (ipad).

    We spend 3 nights in Florence, hitting all the sights (still as beautiful as ever), take lots of photos and buy lots of leather (mainly Steph although Suki got a new handbag too!).

    Inbetween all the photo taking we eat a lot of cheese, ham and olives, drink lots of wine and cook lots of Italian themed dishes. Its actually just really nice chilling out and relaxing with friends after being on the road for a while now.. over 4 months and counting!
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  • Day106

    Florence, Italy

    August 20, 2017 in Italy

    What a beautiful city Florence is!! I didn't know what to expect coming here but having no expectations has meant I haven't been disappointed. It is a very old city, similar to Rome, but the place is so alive with heaps of locals and tourists which automatically makes you love the place. We were able to visit all the main sites in one day but the highlights of Florence include the best spinach and ricotta ravioli in Italy, the best spaghetti and meatballs in Italy, and the best gelato in Italy! Finally we've found some decent Italian food and gelato, I was beginning to wonder what all the fuss was about. Our hotel was up five flights of stairs so a bit of a challenge each day for Nana but the three of us sure did work for our twice a day gelato. The snickers, Nutella and lemon gelatos were amazing!! Florence is interesting in that there wasn't one particular thing that made me love it and as I look back on photos there's nothing spectacular but the vibe of the place was so enjoyable and alive that it is definitely a memorable city.Read more

  • Day15

    Florenz

    June 4, 2017 in Italy

    Wir fuhren wie zuvor angedacht nach Florenz und suchten uns eine Strecke, die größtenteils über die Landstraße führte. So führte unser Weg noch einmal mitten durch die typische Toskana-Landschaft.

    In Florenz steuerten wir dann als erstes die Piazzale Michelangelo an. Von hier aus hat man einen tollen Blick über die gesamte Stadt. 🖒 Direkt nebenan entdeckten wir dann auch einen Campingplatz, der leider nur für Zelte ausgelegt ist und und nicht aufnahm.

    So irrten wir eine Weile in Florenz umher, um einen geeigneten Stell- oder Campingplatz zu finden. Gelandet sind wir dann letztlich auf einem Campingplatz, der gerade neu ist und noch ausgebaut wird. Der Pool ist leider noch nicht fertig.😐 Der Platz liegt 5 km außerhalb des Stadtzentrums, ist aber in der Nähe einer Bushaltestelle gelegen. Der Bus fährt in knapp 15 Minuten direkt bis in die Innenstadt und so fuhren wir am frühen Abend mit dem Bus.🚌 Leider war es in der Stadt sehr voll. Selbst mit entsprechender Langzeitbelichtung sind nicht alle Personen von den Bildern zu bekommen gewesen. Als wir dann nach 23 Uhr zurück am Campingplatz waren, war ich nur noch müde. Leider bin ich noch immer nicht ganz fit und das macht sich zeitweise bemerkbar. Aber wir machen das Beste draus... 😊
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Piazza della Signoria, Площад Синьория, Plaza de la Señoría, כיכר הסיניוריה, シニョリーア広場, 시뇨리아 광장, Piazza della Signoria we Florencji, Площадь Синьории, Signoria Meydanı, 领主广场

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