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... trips around Italy (Bologna, Cinque Terre, Siena, Milan) but I have always elected to stay out in order to save some money and also to get ahead on work coming up for the week. Plus, above all else, my favorite activity is make the 10-minute walk to go wander around the food stalls in the Central Market, planning elaborate meals to cook myself that evening and striking up conversations with butchers, oenologists and folks selling produce.
In the last few days ...
And the train left Venezia San Lucia precisely on time.....obviously NOT British Rail or Sydney Trains!
Jan has done a superb job of organising "The Italian Job" (apologies to Michael Caine!), every step of the journey has worked to perfection... trains, planes, boats, hotels etc. everything has gone like clockwork.
We are starting this entry on the quite fast train between Venice and Firenze....... Currently 220 kph, ...
... Spread around the lower levels of the gardens are many classical sculptures; the amusing Bacchus Fountain, with the fat dwarf jester of one of the Medici riding a tortoise; and the bizarre Grotto of Buontalenti, which is an artificial cave with copies of Michelangelo's Prisoners and other statues staring out from niches in the cave's walls.
As we climbed higher, the views of the Pitti Palace and the surrounding countryside became better, and by ...
... and got another ice cream, then to accademia museum.
Saw statue of David, was much bigger than I expected and was so so beautiful: michaelangelo had even got the veins right! I was very impressed. I didn't like the paintings though, I found them boring...too religious for me...haha. We also went and saw some old musical instruments which were pretty weird and wacky. They had hurdy gurdies and showed you the difference between a harpsichord and a piano ...
After bumping into a girl we had met at our hostel in Lyon, we realized how lucky we were to be travelling as a couple. She told us all about her sketchy experience with hostels in Venice and Verona, where she was convinced she was going to be trafficked. We were both a little lost when we ran into each other in front of the Florence train station, and she asked us which hostel we were staying at. We told her we were staying at a hotel, and we wished each other good luck ...