Long days, Sore feet
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
13Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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What I did
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
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
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 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)