The Series of Unfortunate Events: Florence, Chapte

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Day six:

Today we left Roma and headed for Florence. We got on the bus at 9 and stopped in Pisa around 215 to see the leaning tower of Pisa. We had 20 minutes at the leaning tower of Pisa and an hour at basically a truck stop for lunch. After lunch we got back on the bus for another 4 hours. Around 6ock we arrived at the hotel and realized we had stopped at the statue of David and a panoramic view of the city. We went and saw the statue after fighting the rush hour traffic only to realize the statue was a copy, not in fact the real one. Once we got settled into the hotel I met up with one of my best friends Carly and hung out with her, her roommate, Paige and a few other friends.

Day seven:

The program switched the days around so we were off to Venice. We left at 9 am for a 3 hour and 45 minute drive followed by a 30-minute ferry ride into the city. While we were driving we hit horrible traffic, which eventually caused the bus to run out of gas, and we literally coasted into the station. (That's right, if you didn’t think our trip was cursed at this point you do now!) After we fueled up the bus the bus started rolling backwards because it was in neural, to add insult to injury, the bus wouldn’t start. We had to wait for an 18-wheeler to come to jump the bus. After many attempts to jump-start the bus, an hour in a rest stop, the engine taken apart and put back together, the bus finally roared to life. When we did make it to Venice 8 hours after we left the hotel, we only had a little over three hours to poke around. Jessica, Paige, Kalya, Jeff and myself went on a gondola ride and saw the Bridge of Sighs, Marko Polo’s house, the square as the sunset. We also went into a church my family and I had gone into when we were in Venice a few years ago and climbed to the top of it and looked out over the whole square. For dinner we went to a traditional restaurant and had spaghetti and meatless meatballs. We did not realize they charge you to sit down and for bread so it turned out to be a very expensive dinner, followed by an uneventful bus ride home.  

Day Eight:

Today we had the morning off so Jessica, Paige and I went to the Domeo and walked around but didn’t know you could walk up to the top and see the whole city. Next we went to the Uffizi Museum. We saw to works of art where the women looked pregnant while being proposed to by the sons of the king of France. The pregnancy was a symbolic gesture toward the king saying I know my role as a woman. In the museum there are over 1200 paintings in chronological order. We saw three virgin marry paintings next to each other and were shown the differences in the shading and depth of field as well as the different in "takes on it". After the Uffizi, (which means office) I met up with Lydia and Carly. They picked me up at the hotel and we went to some famous bridge that was not bombed during one of the world wars. Afterwards we went out for Mexican food. It was so great to see them and spend time with them.

Day Nine:

We got up at 6:30 and drive to Milan and flew back to Cyprus. We finally thought our curse was over but nooo they wouldn’t let us check in because they did not believe that we were students there and wouldn’t given us our boarding passes. In the end they gave in and let us have our tickets. We made it home safely. 
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