Just got used to saying 'merci'...now its 'grazie'
We made it to Florence! Not Barcelona or Rome ! We decided to come here after talking to other travellers and hearing there stories of how beautiful it is! Also everything going the other way in Europe is booked out because of people not thinking they can get to England via air travel.
Well I thought Nice was pretty special...Florence is ultra special! We had no trouble with taking the train, wonderful rail system.It was well worth not booking our tickets from Australia, we saved 250 euros!! By just buying tickets from the locql stations.It only cost us under 70 dollars australian to travel from Nice to Florence, Quotes we got when trying to book from australia were all in the 300-400 range.Admittedly we had to change trains 3 times, but it was no drama and we got to check out Genova, Ventimiglia,and La Spezia, all lovely old cities.
From Nice to La Spezia the train travelled along the ocean, amazing scenery, snow capped alps on one side, beautiful blue mediterranian sea on the other, little fishing villages, holiday yachts, chalets, the trip passed so quickly with so much to see.
We then turned inland and hit the rolling green countryside of Tuscuny.Little farmhouses, tiny villages perched on top of the steepest mountain sides, big rushing rivers, so much to look at, We were constantly pointing 'look at that'
The train passed through Pisa, we intend going back in the next couple of days to check out the leaning tower, it is only a 30 minute train trip from here.
Florence has majestic old city walls, we have not really explored anything yet as we only arrived tonight, but will stay here a few days so we can check it all out.
Tonight we went for a walk around where we are staying, had a lovely italian meal, complete with accordian player! Ian loved his pasta, and i pigged out on pizza and tiramisu...honestly I really am eating my way through europe, we are finding the food so cheap, eating at little cafes off the main thoroughways, we are paying on average about 25 dollars aussie for entrees, two main meals, a couple of beers and a coffee for me! much less than we thought it would be.
We also scored well by not prebooking accomodation.. though i did stress a bit when we first arrived here.. with no bed to go too!
The major Rail stations have tourism offices, and for a 3 euro fee, find you a room! we got a lovely room in the oldest part of town, for about 80 dollars aussie.. breakfast included!! Other travellers tell us that to pay over this is unusual, unless of course you prebook, if you are willing to take your chance with what is available, its cheaper!!
Tomorrow we are taking a tour.. to see Michaelangelos David, and some other "cultural" stuff..
Hope you had a great birthday BekeeBoo!!