Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Jan 23, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

We had been anticipating some historical sites along the way, but there were more sites in Florence than we had seen in any other city that we have visited so far. The first day we headed to Pisa to, of course, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which was awesome. There were also many other sites in Pisa that we enjoyed such as yet another Cathedral and street vendors. I got myself a SWEET t-shirt with Snoopy and Woodstock holding up the tower, and for those of you who really know me well, you know I'm stoked about that! Maybe I will model that shirt for later pics and blogs...  Later that evening we went to the top of the main bell tower in the center of Florence. It was at least 15 stories straight up a narrow staircase within cement brick walls. There are not very many things that I am afraid of, but I AM horribly afraid of heights and came very close (several times) to chickening out and waiting back in the gift shop at the bottom. But after Tara called me a panty-waste a couple dozen times, I had to sack up and head to the top. I nearly soiled myself once we were at the top. But great view of the city! Good job Tara! 
The next day we spent all day site-seeing around Florence. We saw a number of Cathedrals, castles, royal gardens, and street performers. All were very nice, that is except for the gardens, which cost us 10 Euro a piece to get in and they turned out being very weak to say the least. We ate dinner and turned in for the night to rest up for what turned into the longest day of traveling we have had so far, and the most expensive, for me (Josh). 
We left Florence in the morning to head for Venice. Since I apparently ride the short bus, I left both of our passports in the safe at the hotel we stayed at in Florence. We didn't realize it until we were well on our way, by train, to Venice. Then had to get off at a stop in some random Italian city, buy tickets back to Florence, and then once we got back there, buy another ticket from Florence to Venice once again. SWEET! We were both in great moods after that. Luckily, the ticket guy in Florence decided to hit on Tara a wee bit and wanted to know if she had a boyfriend. He illustrated just the kind of perks that would come with dating a ticket man at a train station by giving her two free passes on the train to Venice. Apparently he assumed that she was traveling with one of her girlfriends. He then looked up to see me pacing back and forth, cussing at myself for leaving the passports and realized that she did have a boyfriend and he is possibly insane. But the free tickets helped a lot! Thanks Tara, again! 
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