The re-birth of scooter.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Saturday, October 16, 2010

While uploading our last blog in a café in Volterra we met an older couple from Cornwall, England. They were very talkative and later began to tell us how when they were in Scotland a month back that they were driving along and the Queen of England was driving in a Range-Rover behind, tail gating them. Then apparently Billy Connolly, moments later, came around the corner in his car.. Suddenly these Cornish folk started to sound very Irish with their tall tale. But whether it was bollocks or not, the couple offered for us to stay at their house in St. Ives while we go to sell our van in January. So that's cool.

We had decided to dedicate the day to tracking down some gas, as we had totally run out. Our little rusty refillable was finally empty and now we just needed to find somebody dodgy enough to top it up again. It took many stops to finally track someone down. Eventually we got some sports store clerk to phone around for us.
We fortunately were in Pisa. So later that afternoon we ventured into the town to find the famous leaning tower.

The Piazza di Miricoli was swarming with tourists, all milling around taking their token cliché photos of each other holding the tower up. We felt sheepish ourselves doing it, but it seemed like one of those "when in Rome" deals.
The weather however was so bright and blue and we made the most of the day. We returned again the next day after sleeping by the river, it was a grey miserable day, so we left to head out to Lucca.

Lucca is a huge walled city surrounded by angry pointed ramparts. The walls though were all converted to parkland and were covered in trees and a footpath that ran around the whole city. Truly gorgeous as all the trees were all golden and autumny with a carpet of leaves and acorns. We spent many days up on the wall circuit. Even cracked out the old scooters for the first time since the accident.
Inside the town there are many cool buildings, but most famous in their Piazza Anfiteatro, which is a circular square (Wait, that sounds very odd). The many little shops were fun to visit and revisit for the days we spent there. There also is this cool tower in the middle of the city that has big trees growing on the top of it.
We had heard there were some war threats surrounding the whole France Gypsy fiasco, and had heard there were restrictions to the borders or something. This was a little concerning as our Schengen visa is well and truly expired. We decided to look for an alternative. At least till the 6 month visa rolled over.

Gee, lucky we really like Italy… Lucky too that were off to the TRUFFLE FESTIVAL! Hooray!
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