Into Italy!

Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Friday, May 4, 2012

Another day on the bus – this time we stopped by the leaning tower of Pisa for the obligatory "Look I'm holding it up" photograph. I found the crowd humorous but was otherwise happy to leave the tourist mob.

The “camp” that we arrived in at Florence was no camp it was a freaken resort. Two restaurants, a pool, a nightclub. Wicked. After our first big Italian meal of the trip we promptly got amongst it again. Highlight was the meter long straws that were provided in the night club – perfect for a game of stealing each others drinks on the dance floor.

I hit the hay a bit earlier than I would of wanted – finding it hard to make friends with the others. Seem to be getting pigeon holed as one of the “couples” i.e. old, boring and need to be spending 24/7 with Liz even if she wants a quiet night in. We’re trying different tactics now to try and mingle like making sure we don’t sit together on the bus so we’ll see how that goes.

Everyone was a bit worse for wear in the morning and lots of the group didn’t even make it on the bus in the morning into town. On the way in I tried to do some Lonely Planet research on the town because to be honest I hadn’t even really heard of Florence before this today. The bible that is LP informed me that Florence: 
“Has a strange effect on people, travelers who normally loathe art galleries queue for hours to get into them, and people with no interest in Renaissance architecture start raving about tiered fašades and frescoes apses." 

We shall see..

Before we started a walking tour I was saved by a cafe. As a confessed caffeine snob I don’t find Italian milky coffees very good (they seem to just mix the milk together rather than properly frothing it) they do however have a cool system where the coffee is much cheaper if you drink at the bar rather than in a seat – it’s perfect for the €1 espressos that they make so well and I am drinking far too much of.

Our walking tour was actually quite good. Florence has some really cool history. Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo all used to grace the streets here, it was almost like a mecca for artists and scientists during the renaissance. Since they were all so rich they used to just spend their days dreaming up cool shit.

Sadly our tour did conclude with another “demonstration” this time we were forced fed a hard sell on Venetian leather – I decided it was one time to many now and walked out half way through.

During the day we visited The Duomo, Michelangelo's David, and generally just enjoyed getting lost in town with its fantastic food and gelato (going to be a bit heavier after we leave Italy I think!).

So turns out Lonely Planet was right – I did enjoy myself despite the queues. This place is definitely worth a visit

Had a quiet one in the evening – about time I had a night off

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