Freezing in Florence

Trip Start Nov 07, 2013
Trip End Dec 11, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Monday, November 11, 2013

Ok, Andrea thought Florence was in Tuscany and was sunny and warm. Not true kids, well the warm and sunny part isn't true..  It was rainy cold and windy  We got on the bus as we do everyday, with a very nice guide.  We thought we had warm enough clothes, but it turns out we didn't.  Our bus guide told us all about Livorno, Pisa and Lucca and how they all compete with each other.  Kind of like Minneapolis and St Paul only it has gone on for more centuries.  If you want to know details, read your history books.  We do know that Lucca has chianti and olive oil and Pisa only has a leaning tower and Pisa and Livorno are not in the same soccer league because Livorno is much better than Pisa, and you would rather have a dead body in your house than a Pisan knocking at the door.  If someone can explain this to me, please do.  We heard this more than once.  Andrea guesses that she would rather have a dead body in the house than a Minneapolitan knocking at my door.

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. 
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