Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Day 16

On train from Firenze to Rome then different train to Rome's Fiumicino airport. Overnight at the Hilton here then shuttle to American Airlines at 8 am tomorrow. Long walk(another one) from train station to the Hilton. Three very tired travelers. Trip to Rome was 1 1/2 hours then another 1/2 hour train to airport.

Day 16

Yes, McDonald's at Firenze train station. On train to Rome. Full train.

Day 15

A few words about our wonderful, terrible day yesterday. We traveled to Pisa, saw the leaning tower but didn't climb it because there was a three-hour wait.  We did go into the baptistery, climb to the top and were there for the enchanting chanting someone does every half hour or so.

From there we walked a long way to catch a bus to the Adriatic Sea in a coast town about half an hour ride from Pisa.  The guys went swimming while I sat on the beach protecting myself from the blazing sun. It was in the high 90's yesterday.

We took the bus back to Pisa, walked a long way to the train terminal because we got off the bus too soon.  This was the turn of a magical day to difficult day.  We walked a long way to the train terminal, then took the train back to Firenze, but got off one stop too soon.  After recognizing our error, we walked back to the train station and rode the short distance to the right stop which is a very short bus ride to our apartment or a 15 minute walk.  (After almost two weeks here, a 15 minute walk is nothing.)

Nevertheless , we hopped on our bus.  The driver tried to make us understand he was ending for the day and was headed to a parking lot.  Not understanding we stayed aboard, and he just shrugged his shoulders.  Soon we saw, and then understood, so got off that bus.  We walked a while, and hopped on another bus that Jalen, with his map, soon alerted us was going the wrong way.  Again, we jumped off at the first opportunity.  We ended up walking the entire distance, even getting separated from Jalen at some point.  As soon as Brayden could see the dome of the Duomo, he knew exactly how to get to the apartment. Jalen beat us there by a few minutes.

Adding to our part-terrible day was the theft of my iPhone.  We have heard warnings about pick pokketers from day one of our arrival in Italy.  As we waited for the train from Pisa to Firenze, there was a last minute platform change.  The three of us rushed to the different platform, just in time for boarding.  I had stuck my phone in my pocket, a definite no-no.  Sure enough, someone lifted it in the crush of people trying to board.  Along with the phone, the thief got my driver license and my atm card.

As soon as we got back to the apartment where we have wifi-fi, Brayden and I used Find Your Phone, of course, without success.  We erased the phone of all its contents, and I cancelled my ATM card.  Determined not to let our mishaps ruin a perfectly good day, we went out to dinner.  The dinner photos I posted last night were taken with my iPad.

A long, long day!  We finished dinner around 11:00 pm local time.

This morning I went to the Apple Store, a five minute walk from the apartment, to inquire about replacing the phone.  Too complicated because of my U. S. carrier.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Day 14

Late and wonderful dinner near the Duomo after long day to Pisa then to beach on the Italian Riviera. More photos to come. Tomorrow back to Rome them home on Thursday.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Day 13

Dinner last in Florence

Day 13

Still in Florence. Jalen slept in. Bray and I did some walking around, snacking, and shopping. We plan a nice dinner later this event. (Florentines eat very late.)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Day 12

We just read that the Republican Convention is designed to make us all like Trump. I guess he'll have a new hair-do to start. Can't wait.

Day 12

Ponte Vecchio from window of Uffizzi.

Day 12

Recognize these?

Day 12. July 17, 2016

Piazza Della Signora and Uffizzi

Day 12 July 17, 2016

I am out early this morning (8:00 am), waiting in line to get into the Uffizzi Galleries. Already a long line. The adjacent piazza Is fairly empty compared to later in the last couple days.

Sent from my iPhone

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Day 11

We went out walking at sunset. Crossing the Ponte Vecchio. Jalen left Brayden and me near the Ponte Vecchio bridge with a request for either crab or some finger food for us to bring to him back at our apartment. Bray and I soldiered on until we found a suitable ristorante, but Jalen had to settle for grilled chicken. No crab to be found. Photo of Bray is at the river Arno. Another photo is the famed Ponte Vecchio with sun setting behind it.

A really lovely day in Florence!

Day 10

Jalen advertising for Apple.

We are going out for seafood this evening.

Day 11

Iconic image on a small street in Florence.

Day 11

Moon over the Duomo in Piazza del Duomo last night. Bray was hungry for McDonnell's, so he and I walked to one around 11:00 pm. He already knows his way around this city. He did not need the map. I was lost. The kid notices everything!

This photo of The David is of the copy in the Piazza Delia Signoria. Yesterday while in the long line to get in to the Academia to see the original, Brayden said, "We already saw that one in the piazza. Let's not wait." Jalen was also tired of waiting. I told them they could go on, but I was staying, that it was worth the effort. They both stayed with me. Later they both said it was worth the effort. They both know a lot about some Renaissance art and are seeing things they are familiar with. The third photo is my latte and goodie on this day 11.

I left the guys sleeping this morning.

Day 11

Coffee shop in the Piazza delis Repubblica

Our apartment overlooks a street too narrow for cars but wonderful for all-night reveled who are noisy. This morning I found Jalen asleep on the living room sofa, too noisy in his bedroom.  I'm out and about, but expect both guys are still sleeping.

It's beautiful here today, about 80 degrees, bright sun, and people everywhere. Monday we are going to take the train to Pisa and to the beach. Wednesday we will take the train to Rome Termini Station then the Metro to the airport where we have a room for the night. We have to check in for our flight at 8:20 am Thursday morning. Considering the time zone and lingering jet lag, that will be tough.