This morning we woke and checked out of our hotel in Rome and took the high speed train to Florence. Florence is north of Rome and is considered part of Tuscany. In two days this will be where we meet up with our tour group.
The whole vibe in Florence is very different than Rome. Less people, traffic, dirt and graffiti. We dropped our luggage at the hotel and went out to explore. One thing I want to point out is the people in this country are very friendly. As an example, one night in Rome after eating dinner, our waiter and his assistant stood at the door as we left he restaurant and shook each of our hands, telling us goodbye and thank you for coming. This has been the way it is most meals. The people are incredible, which makes you feel so welcome.
There are several things we want to see in Florence, but since this is the starting point for our tour, we have to wait for a couple of days. So we spent the day walking around and even did a little shopping. It seemed like every where we went we ran into Americans. Even our hotel in Rome, one morning at breakfast we noticed the couple next to us. The male had on a Mizzou shirt. After talking with them we found out they lived in Liberty and she is a school teacher in the Liberty school district. (We're guessing they were in their late 20's). At the table beside them was a couple from Lees Summit.
Here's a couple of photos:
My breakfast, it's a Cappuccino. Funny story, the first breakfast I saw that there was a latte on the coffee machine. This machine has about nine different items and you put your cup under it and push the button for the item you want. So seeing as I like lattes, I selected it. Ummm it was not even coffee, it was warm milk. So then I took another cup and pushed Americano and mixed my warm milk with it to get a cup of coffee. The next cup I hit cappuccino and have stuck with that since.
Here's the high speed train. We paid for first class and it cost 118.00 € total. They served us a drink and snack (just like on an airplane). The trip took an hour and 17 minutes traveling at 155 mph going backward (yes, to Florence it goes in reverse). And no we don't know these people who were in the photo.
This is a photo of the Duomo in Florence. A Duomo is a cathedral that is no longer a cathedral because it no longer has a Cardinal and is open to the public for tours. It's huge, the picture does not do it justice. This is a pic from the front, I couldn't get the dome I because it's so big.
This is the front entrance to our Florence Hotel
This is a sign at a fast food place. I gues Italians believe Americans like hotdogs.
And finally the traveling underwear outcome. It took my regular underwear about two days to dry and it was still damp. The traveling underwear took about 1 1/2 days. Not the two hours they claimed, but still better than my regular. So all in all it was a good decision to go with the traveling underwear since we will not be staying in any hotel for more than 3 days, and most for only 2. I would hate to put wet underwear in my suitcase.
Love you all,