Travel Blogs from Florence
Ryan Air's gate lounge 11 at Girona was full, and the people in there were angry; angry because they wanted to get onto the plane, angry because the airport staff were determined to get those passengers whose cabin bags were bigger than their eyes deemed appropriate were forced to demonstrate they were in fact the correct size, even to the point of …
... customary safety-net of close family and friends.
I decided to contact Issam, who is the owner of "Fun In Tuscany", a tour company here in Florence. He agreed to meet me for a quick coffee. Sitting in a cafe near his office we enjoyed espresso and fresh pastries, while sharing stories of our lives since we last spoke. He encouraged ...
... over done pushing the tower over photos).We arrived in Florence at about 8pm and quickly rushed to get ready for dinner at the Red arter/House of Sizzle. There we had a 3 course Italian meal with VERY strong happy hour drinks. We'd been warned about the "freepour" method of drink pouring but I had not expected it to be what it was. I think my bourbon and coke was a shot of coke ...
... intact and no one hurt.
As the train left Cinque Terre a few days later, the grand lesson of accepting change began. Luke and I were going to go to Sisely. Nope, change that. I was going to Spain. Nope, too far. We were going to Naples. That idea took us to Florence to grab my bag and got as far as buying our ticket to head south. But alas, as randomly and spontaneously as Luke and I met, Luke and I decided to say goodbye. So with a hug and some shared well-wishes outside ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Montreal Florence
I've seen photos of Hotel Montreal on Venere and other sites. My double looked nothing like the images. It was more like a hostile than a hotel. Our glum room had a small window looking out into a wire fence/area. When we asked the front desk how to make local calls, they said we needed to use the pay phone. We gave up trying to call the Uffizi reservation line because we were constantly on hold and running out of change for the pay phone. Of our entire trip to Italy, this stay was the scariest.
It's a nice small hotel. Pretty central and close to the train station (5 minute walk, not even). The only thing is that it happens to be beside a Gothic bar, and it could be loud at night, so just ask to not have a room near the alley.
This hotel is very close to the train station. We were also within walking distance of the main part of Florence. The front desk staff spoke excellent English. The breakfast was very good. (Basic italian continental). The room was extremely small. We stayed in a double bedded room with a private bath. We only stayed one night, so I stuck it out, but I could not have stayed there for a long period of time. It was cramped. I think there was a bar right next door, and our window opened on that side, so I couldn't open it or I was kept awake by the people outside. The hotel was immaculate though. It was a very international neighborhood. You almost couldn't tell what country you were in because there were so many nationalities. But a 10 minute walk, and you're in the center with the restaurants, the church and Duomo, etc. It is a great place for people backpacking, on a budget, using the train system to travel, etc.