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So yesterday we spent an extra day in Florence... heres what we did:

1. we switched hotels because we didnt love ours... our new one was right in the center of the city.. it was perfect! we were able to go back when we got cold or needed anything
2. our first stop was the Cuppola del Duomo - we climbed the stairs to the top of the dome in the Duomo.. we met more people from Rochester (did i say we met people the other day?) so that was really cool... the view was spectacular and we've been trying to get a high view in every city
3. Next was the Palazzo Uffizi - it was a lot of art and I felt bad because Andrew was totally bored. It housed the birth of Venus and La Primavera... I had studied La primavera in not only my italian renaissance class, but my art history class so I was absolutely astounded... I was in awe and he kind of just sat down and let me be amazed haha...
4. Then we went to lunch at the same place we went the day before.. which was this little sandwich and pizza place (they have them everywhere) and there were these 2 guys in there.. one was behind the counter and heated up what we chose.. the other literally stood by the door the entire time and talked to everyone coming by telling them to come in.. he was adorable and we loved him...
5. We next stopped at the market... there wasnt a lot there... everyone kind of had the same stuff and neither of us are good at haggling so we didnt get anything.. there just wasnt anything worth it really
6. At sunset, we went to Ponte Vecchio, which is a bridge with all these little jewelry shops that line it.. selling legit gold.. so we kind of walked along it and then in the middle watched the sunset while listening to this guy play guitar and sing.. it was really cute
7. We left because we wanted to make it in time to a restaurant Andrews guide recommended... It was this little 35 seat place that was so cute and probably the best sauce weve ever tasted on pasta... it was a nice atmosphere and really fast service.. when i commented on the speed, the waiter even said how they had to be so fast because of the size of their place... the worst part was right before we ate I had to pee so i asked for the bathroom... the guy told me to follow him after grabbing a set of keys and led me out the door, down the street and around a corner... into a building (i was sure this was the end of my life).... then he unlocks this little door and lets me in... and god I hope blaire is reading this because it was exactly like the bathrooms in china.. prettymuch a hole in the ground that flushes... it smelled terrible so i quickly peed and literally RAN out the door, down the street and back into the restaurant...
8. after dinner we went to the piazza della signoria to listen to a guy play guitar and sing while we drank wine.. another great end to a night

Today we woke up and on our way to the train station, we stopped at a little sandwich and pizza shop and I got the BEST tomato and artichoke pizza ever.. it was incredible... Once we got to the train station, the problem was finding a train that went to Bologna... we had bought our tickets yesterday and they were open ended tickets so we just had to find a time - problem is, we bought regular tickets and the only trains that stopped in bologna were the ones going to venice and milan, both which required the more expensive tickets... after stopping at a couple desks.. we found out that we could get to bologna but half way through we'd have to stop at a city and switch trains.. fine by us... We werent settled in our hotel until about 5pm so we didnt have much time to sightsee since were leaving tomorrow morning for Venice.. so we went and walked around. Andrew was excited because this is where his fraternity has a lot of history (it was started here maybe?) so he knew a ton about the city so we got to see all the buildings he had learned about... Finding dinner was a huge problem.. everyone here must eat so early and then they go out for drinks and tapas at the time we were looking for dinner... we ended up just stopping at a sandwich shop (literally one of 2 we found open in our 30 minutes walk) and getting mediocre sandwiches.. then we stopped on some pretty stairs and ate gelato before coming back to the hotel... an easy, relaxing nice day

Tomorrow were off early in the morning to Venice.. we're going to stay there all day and stay the night.. and then spend the next day there.. and then that night we're flying to Spain... I feel like we've been Italy forever.. and we have.. about a week... I'm sad its coming to an end but im really excited for spain... Venice should be interesting.. we want to do a gondola ride but hear its expensive

A couple things of note:

1. Today when we were walking from our hotel into town, we saw a cop car stopped with its lights on and saw a woman hysterically screaming and pointing, holding her child and pouring water on his peepee... From what we saw, we deduced that the kid got hit by a car and it was a hit and run type of incident.. of course, we're not sure but thats what it seemed like
2. Id say at least 20% of women here carry Louis Vuitton bags.. and I'm just curious.. are they cheaper here or do they just have incredible fakes because they don't look like knockoffs.... anyone have the answer to that? because thyere EVERYWHERE

okay im off to shower.. i want to get sleep since we're waking up at like 8.. ugh

goodnight i miss you and love you all!!!

p.s.... Jojo.. the other day I swear I saw someone who looked just like you... AND here in Bologna, they have 3 museums I think youd be interested in: Ducati, Ferrari & Lamborghini... I wish we had time to visit one, I wanted to bring you back something... love you.

Posted by mcsteener 13:33 Archived in Italy Tagged backpacking

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have a fantastic time. how many days are you staying in Spain? when do you fly back to the u.s.? when you have the flight details send them. love you.

by casciari4

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