Freezing in Florence
Trip Start Nov 07, 2013
28Trip End Dec 11, 2013
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On the bus, they handed out the wireless headset thingies. Now there were several people on our tour group who were from England and who i am sure I have seen watching BBC in America in British sitcoms. The sturm and drang about the headsets with there British seniors was hilarious, and ended with one old guy just standing really close to the guide so he could hear her.
The rest of the day we spent fighting hypothermia (seriously it was unbelievably cold, damp and windy). We soldiered on, kept calm and carried on. We listened to the local guide, who was very knowledgeable and also seemed to be fighting the cold. It was winter coat, gloves and boot weather and we weren't dressed for it. Andrea was so distracted by the cold that it was hard to appreciate the city. Her hands were so cold they were numb and she had a hard time operating the shutter button. We saw all the famous sights, except we couldn't see real David because many museums are closed on Monday. Sue was incredibly disappointed because she was so excited to show us her favorite city. The Ponte Vecchio has a lot of gold stores on it. The shops we walked past were fascinating. We did have a fabulous lunch, really Italian and in a warm cafe. Helped us get through the rest of the day
In spite of the cold, there are pictures which I will try to upload asap.
We got back on the ship, the last excursion to come pack and the crew and officers were lined up greet us and welcome us back. A very warming welcome. We ate Italian buffet and crashed. It was stilll very winder and the ship rocked all night..
A nod to Earl Wilson who warned Ken and Andrea not to cruise the Mediterranean in the fall. because it was windy. I guess all those years as a navy captain did pay off. He was right.