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... route from station to hotel always looked so short on the maps, but the trek from the hotel back to the train station was a good 15 minute walk without luggage and we were not up for doing that again. Especially since the sidewalks in Florence are pretty narrow and the terrain is quite uneven. There's also the issue of the "big headed Tuscans" as our wine tour called them and nobody is ever willing to move out of your way. So, with all that in ...
... stacked elbow to elbow on long tables, other patrons in queue awaiting their turns. A sign of good food perhaps?
The answer is a resounding Si! I had the cannelloni (one of their specialties), she had the fettuccine ala funghi porcini. The portions were a nice size, large enough to satisfy our hunger pangs and not overly heavy to bog us down. Tasty throughout. Jenessa also had their seasonal veges- a dish closely resembling boiled spinach- but found it not to her liking ...
... I turned around to each other and
realised we had two bottles of water. The exhibits (I guess you could
call them exhibits, or maybe displays) were quite interesting, and
only one tenth of the entire Vatican collection is (apparently) on
display. Goes to show how much money the church has accumulated over
the centuries. The finale was the Sistine Chapel. I'd seen it before
and I don't think it had much of an impact on me then, nor did ...
After a night with little sleep we started off at 6:45 am for a full day of touring Rome. It began in the Vatican. Really! 7:30 am at the Vatican with thousands of people. After trudging through several galleries we arrived at the Sistine Chapel. Michaelango's paintings were quite magnificent; however, I was tired, my back hurt and I felt like I was going to throw up. And add to that my neck hurt. My papa said I was a terrible wreck. My nan said I was hungry and I needed to ...
... minutes to go before our 1155 departure, i moved the group downstairs and along to the far left hand end of the platforms, hedging my bets as to which platform our train would depart from.
As the group moved through the station, I was reminded of Mr Bean Goes To Rome. If it hasn't been made yet, then obtaining a copy of the security vision from the station would be a good start.
Just then, our platform number appeared on the boards, just as we arrived ...