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Travel Blogs from Borgo San Lorenzo
... about doing something like that main character a lot while I was staying in Massa.
There was no AC or heat and the lifestyle was more self sufficient than convenient, but I felt connected to it. I loved every inch of that place.
I don't think my allergies agreed with me, however. I had the worst allergic reaction ever while in a garden of one of the sculptors our group visited. My eyes were puffy ...
... we spoke english. He spoke english decently but knew his wife could communicate better so he took us around the back and into their kitchen. A very sweet german lady explained to us that the place wasn't heated during the winter because it's low season and they don't get many people. So, they tried to find us another place to stay. Long story short, they looked up and called many places that all were either shut down or away for the season. We had no where else to stay..
1. A shopping bag--I used my favorite colorful bag so much it died a very hole-y death and had to be retired, but this is de rigour for any travelers who like to shop, even if for food rather than trinkets, as it is not safe to carry a big purse that also has your valuables/money in it. See picture of my retired bag and the new one that replaced it. Make sure it can be closed with a zipper that you always use so quick hands cannot get to anything inside. I use it for ...
... but that's what iphones are for ;). From there we went to San Marco Plaza and did some figure drawing with our drawing class. I'm seriously learning so SO much about drawing, i love it.
The next day was one of my favorites so far. We climbed the 467 steps to the top of the Duomo. The stairs were narrow and windey, but it really wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. There were huuuge statues in a room about halfway up, and i'm still trying to figure out ...
We spent 4 days in Florence. We used Florence as our gateway to other cities in Italy: Pisa, Cinque Terre and Rome. This was a good and bad idea. Good because we didn't have to worry about finding a hostel in these places nor carry around our heavy packs. Bad because of the lost time from train travel... to and from our destination. And when you have early morning errands like hostel finding (you'll see why) and laundry, it's ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service