Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
31Trip End Aug 02, 2012
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Little later start next day, left at 8 for San Gimignano, a gorgeous little hilltop town in Tuscany
Return to Florence where we had four fabulous hours to ourselves. Had lunch with Lawrie and Lyn, then we went shopping. Somehow Kevin had found an ausie selling leather yesterday, who now welcomed him into his shop with a loud "it's my Aussie friend". Lyn bought a jacket, and even though we did not owner Sam took us next to a gold shop with yet another Aussie owner and we got good discounts on some items. We had a lot of fun shopping and caught a taxi back to the hotel for a siesta. I think we should have this system in our summer back home!
Another optional tonight to a local monastery and nearby restaurant. We had a tour through the huge monastery which was built for 12 monks but now has only 4 living there and the oldest is 94 and the youngest is 65. The future of the buildings is uncertain which is a shame because they sit high above Florence and make a startling impact.
The meal was only average but we did enjoy our first T bone steak since leaving home 4 weeks ago! We sat at long tables refectory style and it was not easy to talk. We had more entertainment during the meal with the now familiar piano accordion and singer. Lots of liqueur tasting went on and it was a jovial group on the bus back to the hotel.