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Manarola, Monterosso and Vernazza

We had not had time to get food for the apartment yet, so we headed down 217 steps to the main street of Manarola and searched out a place for breakfast. Right near the water we found this cafe that was serving breakfast fair. And Coffee, most important was coffee. After breakfast we headed for the train station to get our tickets to head for Monterosso. The plan was to go here, check it out and work our way back […]

Travel Day

Today was to be our travel day. Florence to Manarola. We were up early to get to the train station, we were there early enough that Vangie and I were able to leave our bags with Vance and Cathy and go to a little shop to pick up some sandwiches for lunch. The train went form Florence to La Spezia, which Vance kept calling it La Senza, but there was not sexy lingerie when we got off the train. We […]

Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni

This was to be our last full day in Florence, and we were not even going to spend it in the city. Up early and off to the tour office for our wine tasting tip into Tuscany. Along with that we were going to visit Siena, San Gimigano and Monteriggioni, the last two I had never heard of before this trip. Our fist stop was at the tour office where I Vance and I were discussing the marketing of scooters […]

Florence – The long day

I was up early today, 6:30 to be out of the apartment before dawn. I gathered my camera gear and headed up to the train station in hopes of getting a cab to take me to Piazza Michelangelo. There were a number of cabs at the train station and at this time of the morning and the traffic through Florence was very light. 9 euros later I was at Piazza Michelangelo. Just after 7 am and the sun was not […]

Florence first full day

Today, Vance was almost killed by an egg. Well not really, but the soft boiled egg was not quite cooked enough and it was cooked (open) in the microwave. When Vance went to eat it it exploded and sprayed egg allover the kitchen. I kind of wish we had a video camera going, Vance must have jumped 2 feet in the air! After breakfast we headed out to our first tour of Florence. It was a 3 hour renaissance walking […]