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... We've even considered renaming the blog to "Eataly."
One other observation: We expected to have trouble finding English speaking citizens in more remote towns such as Lucca. Fortunately for us we have yet to run into a local who doesn't speak, at least some, English. It has made the trip immensely easier. I wish I could say that an Italian who did not speak English would have a similar experience in the U.S., but we all know that is not the case. ...
... police and riot squad vehicles as there was a demonstration. luckily it ended peacefully. The Piazza del Duomo and the Catherdral decSanta Maria del Fiore are unbelievably spectacular. The cathedral is enormous and incredibly ornate. We ate dinner right next to the Cathedral and then made our way back to the station to get a taxi back to the hotel. My Ipad was flat so the photos of Florence are on the camera to be transferred ...
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Just a quick stop over in Pisa, we'd been warned that we didn't want to stay the night there! After leaving our bags at the train station we started walking. The town is a bit dirty and it was hot compared to Prague, but then the Leaning Tower came into sight, and Wow! Just peeking above the tall houses and you really knew you were in Italy.
So we had ...
... the car through the flood waters and parked on the street out the front to load up our gear before taking off. Because of the floods we had no power or hot water so I'm not sure what we looked like or smelt like but we were dry. Before leaving we surveyed the area and soon learned that we were very lucky indeed as a lot of buildings were inundated and cars had been washed away with four people losing their life's. Due to the rain and flooding ...
... security person comes by blowing a whistle and waving people away until the grass is clear. This is repeated every hour or so.
Tickets to the tower were easy to get, but Mark and I had to go separately, since children under 8 years old are not allowed up. Mark went first while Nora and I played on a part of the grass that had no "keep off" signs. Tellingly, ...