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November 15, 2014
After a nice breakfast we left Pisa and it was MUCH easier leaving than when we entered. No demonstration today. These are increasingly occurring and I hope my dear Italy can somehow get itself through this economic crises, which is clearly getting worse for them. We are fine but obviously the Australian mode of government works much better (albeit terrible at the moment!!!). Had to get that bit in. The drive was easy and we made it back to Ambra to ...
... truly wonky tower - well that's what you get for employing cowboy builders. A shocking 9 Euros for an hours train journey to Florence (are you listening first capital connect) ans a quick yomp across town - bizarrely earlier on in the day they had had a hailstorm so we crunched our way to our digs for the week noting handy gelato places an route.
Am presently sat pressing f5 trying to get updates for the mighty us versus loo-town oddly ...
... those with a short time frame, they just looked at the numbered exhibits and rarely looked up. The building itself was a work of art.
On the hill behind the palace were the Boboli Gardens. Due to time constraints, these were just viewed from the palace windows. A grand staircase led from the palace courtyard to an ampitheatre, exquisite fountains, sculptures, terraced lawns, the epitome of a formal garden.
It was pleasing ...
... where we would actually go, too many choices, too many decisions but decided on making it an Ancient Rome day via a sweep along the gorgeous Tiber in warm gorgeous weather. Everything about this city thrills me and Jon seems to be enjoying it much more than 3 yrs ago when he found it overwhelming. In spite of what we know to be huge numbers of tourists the city feels open as there are piazzas both large and small everywhere ...
... costume gallery. Up five million flights of stairs, I did see a lift as I entered the stairwell but I figured I'd be all right with a few stairs. Had I known how long I'd be climbing I would have taken it. By far the best part of the palace was the Boboli gardens. Beautifully manicured gardens out the back of the palace, they were the perfect place for lying in the sun and relaxing. Which is exactly what I did.