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    • Day 15

      Dag 15 Verplaatsing

      June 5, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Eindelijk richting Firenze, Ik heb TomTom weer een motor route laten uitzoeken, het was weer schitterend. Van mensen op de camping in Caldonazzo een adres van een camping in de buurt van Florence gekregen en daar zijn we heen gereden.Read more

    • Day 21

      Il Duomo

      May 30, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Welcome to Florence ⛲️🖤
      So we caught the train in the morning and got to our hostel, dropped our bags in their room because it wasn’t check in time yet and then went to get some lunch. We got focaccia’s and baby carrots from the Pam and ate them at a piazza.
      We checked into our hostel which we may or may not have accidentally booked for the 29th and 30th nights instead of our actual dates; the 30th and 31st. Oops. But it ended up being okay because the lady was really nice. We did book it while we were very jet-lagged so will try to not do that again.
      Then we walked really fast to the Duomo because that made us a bit late and we walked up the 400 and something stairs pretty fast and I mustered up the courage to ask the security guard to take a photo of us, who then told us he would take few so we could change poses 💅
      We then saw him later the next day when we went to get dinner. I hope he gets paid good.
      Sara took a few of me too but some came out a bit blurry. Maybe it was the stairs. The view was very pretty though. And the art inside the dome was very cool. The longer you stared at it the more weird some of the demons looked.
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    • Day 34

      The Baptistery of St. John in Florence

      June 11, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      The Baptistery of St. John... You know St. John the Baptist. Italians actually call him San Giovanni, not sure I ever knew they were the same person.

      The octagonal Baptistery constructed between 1059 and 1128 l, which actually predates the nearby Cathedral of Florence.Read more

    • Day 36

      Scenes of Florence

      June 13, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Home of the Renaissance, Florence did not disappoint. So far it has to be Emily and David's favorite major city we've visited. A Piazza around every corner, and a matching Church along with it.

      If you ever get to go, the Piazzale Michelangelo is a must see. It did show up on our research, but we only went because we stumbled upon it by accident while doing a river walk. It's across the Arno River and offers a stunning skyline view of Florence for free. You can drive or get there by foot from the main Cathedral in maybe 40 minutes (only because its up hill).

      It's a gorgeous city.
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    • Day 23

      Last of Florence

      June 1, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      We stayed with very sweet hostel friends. One was from Argentina and one from Toulouse in France where I am going in July! We stayed up late talking and then had to go to sleep because Sara and I had an early train to Venice.
      Next is a view of our hostel roof where we had a coffee, then a FaceTime with Scout where I am clearly getting some good gossip from home (kidding ) and then a gelato and then we had butter chicken for dinner which was so so good. Don’t judge this cuisine choice I know we are in Italy xx
      I have also captured a replica of David at his fountain and Sara and I have definitely learnt that he got his glute muscles purely from the amount of stairs in Italy. There was also a water fountain that had sparkling water but it was quite acidic.
      There is more photos from the Uffizi too. I like the disco move.
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    • Day 9

      Drinking wine in a Tuscan villa

      April 19, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Tenuta di Capezzana. We drove up winding narrow roads through little villages to the top of a mountain with views back to Florence to taste some red wines in one of the oldest wineries in the region. It was picturesque and a fantastic way to start our road trip today. A winery cat and winery dog were there too to annoy the owner and excite the kids. Keyala was not too keen on her first wine tasting experience.Read more

    • Day 18

      Toskana recap

      February 27, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Heute ein kleiner Rückblick unserer letzten Woche, die wir größtenteils auf dem Sofa verbracht haben. Uns hat's nämlich erwischt... Auf den Fotos sieht man unsere schöne Unterkunft bei Florenz, Bilder der Stadt selbst und Eindrücke unserer Route. Hier 4 Stunden Umweg zu fahren um Mautgebühren zu sparen war die beste Entscheidung! Auf Bildern wirkt es wie immer nicht halb so schön. Wir sind von der Region Florenz über Sienna und Chianti durch die Berge nach Grosseto, Saturnia (Schwefelquellen) gefahren...Read more

    • Day 33

      Cinque Fotografie-Tuscany Day 5

      May 16, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      The day started early as we got up to watch the lunar eclipse around 5 a.m. It was fascinating to watch the emerging eclipse from lounge chairs by the pool as the area birds sang their songs. Although the moon slipped behind the hilly horizon, we did enjoy witnessing this experience, and we were grateful for clear skies.

      After returning to bed for a few more hours, we got up and enjoyed an ample breakfast. We then made our way to Siena, a town situated about 40 minutes south of San Gimignano.

      Siena was one of the most important thriving cities in Medieval Europe and it had a firece rivalry with Firenze (Florence). As we first arrived in the city we headed over to IL Campo (field), the connecting plaza for Siena's 17 neighborhoods. One of the traditions that occurs in this plaza is a 90-second horse race competition that draws about 60,000 spectators twice each summer. While, the plaza is quite large, the thought of that many people evoked my first of two "Oh Hell, No" exclamations about this locale. The second "Oh Hell, No moment was the opportunity to climb 400 stairs up the 300 ft Torre del Mangia, the second tallest tower in Italy adjacent to the town hall "Palazzo Pubblico". The Palazzo is guarded by she-wolves, a creature I previously only associated with Romulus and Remus folklore. Apparently, Siena adapted a Texas style "Don't Mess With Siena" brand evidenced several times throughout the city.

      Jim C and his sister Sharon opted to brave the claustrophobic climb up the tower of terror later that afternoon while Nancy and I toured the nearby phobic-free botanical gardens.

      We enjoyed wandering through the neighborhoods with the various mascots symbolized by statues and plaques at intersections. The mascots ranged from fairly benign symbols of forests and caterpillars to panthers and dragons.dragon's.

      Early in the afternoon, we visited the Duomo. It was an unusually adorned cathedral with striped pillars. I dubbed it "Our Lady of the Zebra". I found the stripes a bit incongruous with the other artwork and statues. The frescoes abs stained glass windows were stunning. I enjoyed seeing a sculpture of St. Peter that was created by a 25-year old Michelangelo.

      Within the Duomo, we visited the Piccolomolini Library which honors one of their famed family Mendes members who eventually became Pope Pius II. The room was decorated with many scenes of his life and lower panels displayed massive illustrated chant hymnal.

      After the Duomo tour we had lunch of pasta and pizza. I sampled the tagliatele with black truffles. I know that truffles are considered a rare delicacy, but I savored the fresh pasta more than the truffles which were a bit bland and resembled thin wood chips.

      We headed to our separate tower and garden adventures, and we celebrated our rendezvous with an obligatory gelato break.

      We decided that six hours of touring Siena was sufficient, and chauffeur Jim C got us back to our Agritururismo in time for naps and pool time.

      We had another wonderful dinner on the patio, and we called it a night after celebrating great wine, great food and family time. Ciao!
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    • Day 30

      Cinque Fotografie-Tuscany Day 2

      May 13, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      After an amazing breakfast, we took a two-hour drive to the town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. The drive was so beautiful as we traversed rolling hills of green- olive trees and vineyards with mountains serving as a backdrop.

      I've had many reflections on taking this trip as a former Catholic who traveled among others who were clearly making a pilgrimage to this beautiful hilltop town and Basilica.

      Ever since I was a kid, I loved the story of St Francis. I knew that he held reverence for all living things and held respect for diversity. He abandoned a wealthy life and chose poverty and service. In doing so he defied his father and chose his own path at a young age.

      Today I also learned about Claire who followed Francis and chose a life of poverty and service as well. They both created a movement with a significant following.

      I was today years old when I learned that St. Francis was never ordained, yet the Franciscan movement was endorsed by the Pope at the time.

      I was really moved when we sat in the lower Basilica and witnessing St. Francis's tomb about above the altar. As we walked around the altar, we witnessed the burial sites of his four closest friends as well as a woman who wanted to visit Francis on his deathbed. Initially, she wasn't allowed, but Francis invited her as one of his last acts, and her remains also rest nearby. The thought of being with those you love when your life ends is beautiful and comforting. In all of his suffering in his short life of 44 years, Francis was rich in his love for all beings and the return of the love by his friends and followers.

      I have always loved singing the Prayer of St. Francis. I had no idea that he didn't write this prayer and it was instead penned anonymously seven hundred years later (1912) by a French clerical magazine. Regardless. I have always loved the thought of that it was more important to "seek to understand than to be understood...",an important element of any healthy relationship in work and in personal matters. Stephen Covey lifted it as one of his "Seven Habits..."

      I learned that St. Francis did write his own gratitude prayer "Canticle of the Sun". In the prayer, Francis gives broad thanks for all creation. When he was nearing the end of his life he amended the prayer to include and celebrate "Sister Death" and his belief in the afterlife.…!

      We returned late afternoon and reflected on the day as we relaxed by the pool and later took an evening walk in the tranquility hilltop village of San Gimignano under the watchful eye of "sister moon".

      I finish the day grateful for friends and family and the motivation to find new ways to be of service to others when we return home.

      Buona Notte. 🌙 🌚 🌔 🌕 🌖 🌛 🌙 💗
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    • Day 14

      Zehnte Etappe

      March 9, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Im Ort wunderten wir uns dann, dass uns die Rad-Route plötzlich in einen Tunnel navigierte. Umso mehr waren wir überrascht, dass es am Ende einen Aufzug gab, der uns dann 40 Meter hoch in die Altstadt brachte 😜.Read more

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    Province of Florence, Florenz, Florence, Florencia, Firenze, Florença

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