Long days, Sore feet

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hi everyone from Firenze,
First we will address the urgent posts from Bill, Don Varnell and Don Bolen:

From Dianne:  Bill, thank you so much for letting me know about the CTC card and I am glad my one and only purchase on it so far went through, and I will use the Visa.  Have a great trip to England.

From Karen: Don, yes please respond to the email from Sibbilla with our Ontario address as she requires it for declaration.  Thank you for responding every day on our blog.  Great to hear from you Sandra, I miss you sooo much, you made me cry.

From Laurie:  Don Bolen, so very glad to hear from you.  Was worried and so looked forward to hearing that you made it to Mom and Dads. 
Please Don (Bolen) write as often as you can so your wife doesn't worry. 

From Becky:  Stephanie, I am so grateful for you thoughtfulness and good care when visiting gma. You have done a splendid job of taking care of her and we appreciate it, I know it is not easy for you.  Awesome post too!!  By the way, the hat is for you and it packs easily - no worries.

We have had our first organized tour and we had a bus ride to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the entire City of Firenze.  It took our breath away.  They had an outside bronze statue of David that was incredible. We saw the old city wall.  Trees specific to the region: Cypress, Olive and Umbrella Pine.  We saw ancient Etruscan towns on the hillside in the distance.  Tuscany gets its name from the Etruscans.  Laurie and Dianne bought small paintings direct from the artist and we got a picture of the artist as we bought each painting.

After we got off the bus we had a walking tour of the old town of Firenze with a guide.  The architecture is amazing.  We cannot tell you all of the amazing sites like the Medici Palace.

Then we got to see David for real.  Michael Angelo's David was a powerful and moving site.  And yes, we get to see David everywhere.  Yes, Sheila his hands are very large.  The rule is no photos but we snuck some in in spite of the picture Nazi who yelled: "No pictures!!!!", in a Polish accent. And then there is the internet Nazi here at the Internet Cafe who gives us the evil eye no matter what we do (laugh, talk, ask for help).  

After 8 solid hours of solid walking, and then arriving home,  the bottles of wine went down smoothly and quickly.  And yes, it is damn hot here.  We were so tired we just got "Take away" for E3.50.  Early to bed.

Today (Sept 5), was a slower day. We brilliantly decided to cook dinner (Becky made Chili)  BEFORE leaving for the great walk (because here we are again at 7:00pm writing and glad we did).
We went to the Medici Chapel today - stunning!  Then just wandered around and got lost and found great new places (and real bargains).  Karen and Becky are making good use of the treadmill training.

We found a delightful grocery store with great prices.  A bottle of vino is just E2.90. (Oh and by the way we forgot to tell you the dinner we had out for E35.00 each included a bottle Italian Pino Grigio).  Florence appears to be a cosmopolitan city - Asian, Africans, East Indians, but the nicest shop keepers are Italian and we are learning so much from them through wonderful conversations.  We are loving the ambiance. 

We don't have a lot of time left at this PC so we need to upload pictures which takes a long time.

Thinking of you all and sending love to everyone!!!!

Dianne, Karen, Becky and Laurie (Le Sorelle)




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Sandra on

Suddenly I'm very hungry for pizza and gelato- oh and wine! You girls are livin' it up and happy to live it up vicariously through you! Big xoxo

mltomlinson@sympatico.ca on

Karen and sisters,
I finally figured out how to reply. Not used to blogs. Your pictures are de ja vu to us. Looks like you are having fun! Glad you have been there safe and sound for a few days and are touring the city. You certainly can tell you are sisters. Love your leather jackets. No wonder you wanted to take disposable objects to empty from your suitcase before coming home. Don't forget to leave room for jewelry from Venice. The glass factory off the square is amazing. You did good planning girls. Talk later - Lynne

stephanie on

mom: don't thank me, thank your hubby! he has been every day to see grandma, usually more than once a day. also, has anything happened to your face? it looks like you have some sort of rash. ouchie~

great pics (love the ice cream one with you and laurie) and i always look forward to reading what you all have been up to. i wonder why you have been getting the evil eye in the internet cafe... maybe the internet nazi thinks you're american!

Sheila Finnie on

Becky - I am so liking your blog & pictures - some I recognize (Michaelangelo square & David, the Ferrari store, the street scapes, gelato!) I was really overwhelmed with the real David at the Accademia - it just amazes me about MA's talent - not just as a sculpter but also as a "painter". I had a better connection to DAVID than the Pieta at St Peters in Rome just because I could be closer to it.
Glad that the treadmill worked out - I did find the cobble stones were harder to walk on than the regular sidewalks - but when you are walking on history & well...
I know what the heat feels like - truly know why they take an afternoon break! - although we found that most stores were open in Florence - but it was HOT! in June! no rain though.
I did mention to Pat P that I had was getting this blog from you - would you mind if I sent it FW to her? She is always interested in what people are doing.
I think your apartment was not that far from where we stayed - it was only about 2 blocks from the Accademia.
As I said to my cousin - every experience was a bonus - already I want to go back.
I can see that you are enjoying every minute already!

Sue on

You girls look like you are having an absolute blast and the weather looks to be perfect for touring. I love the red leather jacket Diane had on and that red hat becky is marvelous. Karen did you check if the gold on the couch was real? Same old same old going on here. Kevin still snores and farts in his sleep and I have to lie next to him. He is planning on heading to London this weekend. I am still trying to get Adam settled at McMaster. Which is where I will be on Saturday as the three roommates he has are from all over the world (Taiwan, Vancouver and Scotland) and they turned up with nothing for the kitchen (not that i would expect the kid from Scotland to bring a microwave). Laurie you are the best to do this. Keep blogging. Sue

Jack and Sheila on

Once again great pictures and comments. It's bringing back memories. Looking forward to the next blog.

Giovaanni on

Greetings Rebecca: Looks like all is well and you are having a great time. Arn't yu glad u used the tread mill!? When you get a chance, read your gmail account emails. Keep safe, and watch your steps. Love Giovanni

Robin and Jay on

love the leather jackets! Hot stuff! First few days of school have been smooth. My flip flop feet aren't used to the "teacher shoes" at this point! Ouch! Pass the bandaids.

What's the best flavor of Gelato out there?

Thinking of you all!

Older Don on

Great Blog 6 pics..wonderful! Sibiliia received the address info. Your mother was having a pedicure( Harriet McNamara)when I visited her this morning. Marie was sitting in a wheelchair...clapped when I was handing her an Ice cream cone( 11a.m.)...so pleased that Kevin will visit her this weekend. ..still a little confused...wants you to drink a bottle of wine 'for her'. Harriet and the Longworth attendant had to choke back their laughter when your mother said, "I haven't had a Mr. Big in a long time." Did Laurie buy her Don a Ferrari souvenir ?

Pam Rivard on

I always wished I had a sister, now I am clear on why! I am so happy for your adventures together....thanks for sharing.

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