Florence and Tuscany

Trip Start May 30, 2008
Trip End Nov 02, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Saturday, September 20, 2008

Im really loving Florence. My hostel is great - clean with nice people. The city is beautiful and the food is amazing! Spent the first day wandering around, eating amazing and cheap pasta, getting my head around the city and walking up to a big plaza across the river to get a great view. Had a scary moment when I looked down on the city and had a total memory blank as to where I was! Could not for the life of me remember where I was in the world. Then stupidly got dragged into a big drinking sess with people from my hostel. The next day was spent feeling so so ill. Probably due to lack of water the previous day. Or maybe it was all the shots and cocktails...

I had booked in to see the statue of David at 12.30 and it was a supreme struggle to get out of bed and to the Accademia. But it was totally worth it. Gorgeous statue and much bigger than I expected it to be. Chilled out that night eating great pasta and NOT drinking. Went for a walk around the main square, listening to music and eating gelato. So far the flavours of gelato Ive tried have been nutella, creama, straccitelli, rose, mint, pistaccio, irish whiskey (gross!), caramel, zupper anglais (tasted like birthday cake), and lemon. But there are still so many new ones to try!

Today I went on a bike and wine tour around the Tuscan country side. It was amazing. Such beautiful scenery, nice pepole in my tour group and great food. Mmm, the pesto pasta was so great. The Cianti wine, the specialty of the region, was great too, exactly the type of red I like. The bike ride was actually quite hard in parts...whether that was due to the intensity of the ride or my severe loss of fitness since leaving Australia, I dont know. Think Im just going to hang around Florence tomorrow, rather than trying to cram in a day trip to Siena, just so I can relax and not wear myself out (as I have a tendancy to do).
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