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 Post subject: A brief sojourn in Florence
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:59 pm 
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We, family including two grandsons, spent 3 days in Florence, got back yesterday. It's a five hour drive for us, so was pretty stress free. The drive goes through spectacular scenery and on good roads. The Italians have the toll system sorted out better than France because you pick up a ticket when you get on and pay when you get off, no toll booths on the way. €40 each way and a tank of diesel, not too bad.

I hadn't been to Florence before, but will be going again. We were lucky because the weather was really good. The place is a treasure, the people are warm and friendly and the food is just fantastic. As long as you keep off the main drag and eat where the locals recommend the price is right.

Stopped off at Portofino on the way down - pretty but wouldn't go again.

We also discovered that Italy observes St Stephens day as a public holiday, which limited some eating choices on the 26th!


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 Post subject: Re: A brief sojourn in Florence
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Did you take any photos ?
I've never been to Florence - I remember staying at a wonderful youth hostel in the early 70s at Marina di Massa. It was a villa in lovely gardens !


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I 'did' Florence in the hot summer of 1976 - it was cooler than in the UK!
Back-packing, the two of us (girls) rolled into the tourist office after an overnight train from Calais and were offered a 3rd floor bedroom above one of the chic-est fashion shops in a chic street. We didn't exactly fit in, but the room was great (if not the plumbing), cheap & central.
We were too poor to eat out much at the start of a 3 week holiday, but we had a great time. I still wear the silver bracelet I bought on the Ponte Vecchio.
Would love to go back, but it's a helluva drive/train from here (and Fixit does NOT do flying).

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 Post subject: Re: A brief sojourn in Florence
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:57 pm 
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Blaze wrote:
Did you take any photos ?
I've never been to Florence - I remember staying at a wonderful youth hostel in the early 70s at Marina di Massa. It was a villa in lovely gardens !


I've got some photos, I'll post them when I get some time. The lovely thing was that most of the tourists were Italian. Also a lot of French speakers, daughter and kids always converse in French and most of the locals were quite happy to speak French to them.

PS - what's the easiest way to reduce the picture size?

I've forgotten all this stuff


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 Post subject: Re: A brief sojourn in Florence
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There's also a nice campsite right in the middle for those on a budget. We did that one summer - the children loved climbing up to the top of the Duomo (sp?) - and the admissions people were very kind on pricing for the little ones too (no jobsworths).

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 Post subject: Re: A brief sojourn in Florence
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Son went up to the top of the Duomo. He reckons it was a fair old slog and some people just couldn't make it. He's got some great photo's from the top. I'll remind him to send me the photos and post them.

We dossed in the Westin Excelsior, not a bad gaff.


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Oh to be free to travel....

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 Post subject: Re: A brief sojourn in Florence
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We have a family thing about spending Christmas 'elsewhere' . Can't always do it but have managed Florence, Rome, Paris, Athens, Cotwolds over the last few years and Venice for our 40th in the summer. We lived in the US for a few years so managed all the main sites. I spent a lot of time in NY and love it, San Francisco will always be my favourite US city.

Retired now so it wont be so regular. Australia may be an exception, as I spent my early years there.


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