Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Oh the excitement...

Well we are in Florence (Firenze) now...SO pretty. It is just so much more layed back and not AS touristy...the people are better looking too :) Well I guess a quick update is in order - Venice was so pretty but we were not too impressed. We were definitely glad to get out of there - it takes forever to get somewhere since it is all by boat. We did have some awesome food while we were there at a little hole in the wall kinda place that was recommended by the hotel staff. After there we went to Rome which was absolutely wonderful. The hotel was so nice and we had the taxi ride of a lifetime. I guess the traffic laws are just suggestions there! But we did make it it one piece to our hotel and then figured out the subway after that so we could get from Point A to Point B for 2 Euro instead of 25. We saw some amazing sites while we were there: Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Colisseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain (which we could see from our hotel while eating breakfast - only like 10 steps away!), Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Pantheon (massive!), and so much more! Yesterday we had some free time to walk around and do our own thing before the train left, so that was nice. The people in Rome were friendly and it was just a great time.

Yesterday we came to Florence, which has a wide array of landscapes. It ranges from countryside resembling what you would imagine Tuscany to look like (grapes, grass, hills, etc) to crowded city streets. Last night I was craving American cuisine, so I had a cheeseburger and fries - probably the best cheeseburger I have ever had!!! When we got here, we learned that our hotel had overbooked and they sent us to a different hotel which SUCKED! We had to figure all of that out and tonight we are at a much better hotel. We were supposed to do a full-day tour today, but we had to reschedule the afternoon portion so that we could switch hotels. We did see Michaelangelo's "David" --- it really is as amazing as you would think. It is about 2 to 3 times human size and it is truely a masterpiece. We also went to Michaelangelo's Square and got a panoramic view of Florence (great pictures) filled with church domes and orange shingled roofs. Tomorrow we will do the afternoon portion of the tour and Thursday we will visit the Chianti region and do a wine tour (tastings included, of course).

We are having a blast and going through pictures daily so that we have enough room on the memory card - over 600 pictures so far!!!!!!!! We miss everyone at home but are having a great time!! We will try to do another post before we head to Nice since the Internet is free at this hotel (hard to come by)! Ciao!!

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