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The Arno River by night

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Most bloggers have individual writing styles.  For some, their blogs are more like a narrative.  A story-telling.  Others are there to disseminate relevant information.  This blogger of yours is the former.  This (particular) blog -- The Icons of Italy, is not raining with travel tips.  I apologize if you don’t get those inside tips here (except some info about the weather in Italy during our visit.)  Instead, a raw journal is before you.  I will transcribe what is in my travel diary, which is a bit more candid (I suppose.)  If you still want to continue reading, I thank you!  :-)  Anyhow, there are already tons of excellent blogs here on TB about these places we visited.

The Arno River by night
  Better yet, just use Google if you need help in planning your trips to Pisa, Rome, Naples, and Capri.

Ryan Air Flight #588 landed on IATA (Italian Aeroporto Internazionale di Pisa) also named Galileo Galilei Airport at 23:20 hours.  As far as I can recall, we didn’t have to go through the Customs and Immigration; instead, it was straight ahead of the exit door after we collected our hand-carry bags.

When traveling to Italy in the summer, note that the average temperature in June or July reaches a high of 81 degrees Fahrenheit.  And the humidity?  Oh, a yearly average percentage of (sticky) moisture is 75.0%!  Ugghhh, us oh, Lord!  Wait, am I not Ms.

The Arno River by night
Tropical Country?  Or isn't my home state fondly called "The Sunny Cali?"  Well, I breathe air in the central part of the state.  It is hot (dry heat) here, but not humid.  And we do get winter seasons here too.  So, in some ways, I have been accustomed to a colder climate.  Therefore, more likely than not, when visiting the Philippines, the East Coast or the most recent -- to Italy, the high humidity comes in badly.  Call this woman "ma-arte" (or superficial,) but, our trip could have been more satisfying if the weather was kinder than brutally hot.  As soon as we passed that exit door, the excessive humidity felt like a thick honey oozing through the entire body.  Changing to a pair of shorts came to mind immediately, but getting to our Airbnb accommodation was more critical than swinging by at the restroom to change clothes.
heading toward Piazza del Pozzetto

Hence, we hurriedly walk outside of this medium-size airport building.  There is the parking lot, which didn’t look like the typical airport parking due to its smallness.  Our host has instructed me to hire a taxi from a queue.  According to him, we should see a line of taxis just in front of the airport building.  The problem was there were no cabs around.  We walked farther away to a road that seems like a major street, but still no luck.  That time, we looked back at where we came from, and we saw a multitude of people.  Apparently, all of us there were all passengers on the same flight.  We followed the crowds of passengers and stayed in line too.  Slowly, taxis have arrived one by one.  Soon, enough, our turn for a ride.

heading toward Logge Dei Banchi
  The driver helped us load our bags into the car trunk, which I appreciated much.  I handed to the driver a piece of paper where I typed in the address of our Airbnb.

The drive from the airport to our overnight accommodation isn’t that far.  In fact, it was a short trip (about 20 minutes) through mostly traffic-less roadways, and then the driver dropped us off at an open square called the Piazza Garibaldi.  It was past the hour of 01:00, but that square was still alive.  Some people looked rugged and rough were out there yet.  The famous gelato shop (La Bottega del Gelato) which I planned to score my first gelato was no longer open during that hour.  The neighborhood was a little rough, and I confess, it felt a little scary.

my threesome on Ponte di Mezzo
  As I was scanning the surroundings, a man greeted us and asked if I was May.  Then he introduced himself as our host!  I didn’t expect a male since his name sounded a female name!  Well, he helped carry the ladies’ bags and then led us to the apartment.

The building is an ancient one and what is fascinating about it, is that this piece of architecture is under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage site!  That said, no improvement action allowed in that building such as installing an AC system.  Yep!  That said, well, we had endured the hot and humid temperature as we slept throughout the dawn!  I wish a full disclosure of this piece of information on their Airbnb page.  On the other hand, we enjoyed drinking the tap water in that apartment!  I am not sure why or how to even describe the taste of the water, but it was very refreshing and sweet!

After settling, all four of us decided to check out how the leaning tower looks like in the dark.

walking along Lungarno Mediceo
  We’re all excited to go out as especially the daughter.  She also wanted to get a closer look at the reflection of lights on the water of Arno River.  Very still and flat.  It was lovely!  The daughter was so mesmerized that even she, couldn’t stop from shooting photos using her iPad.  Walking along the river that night was a fun bunch until we noticed we were like heading the wrong direction.  We asked some local youngsters we met on the street for the right course to the leaning tower.  What they said confirmed our instincts that indeed, we're in the opposite direction.  While seeing the tower at night was a neat idea, our aching feet, however, made us decide to do otherwise.  When we reached the Piazza Garibaldi, instead of rolling ahead to the tower, we made a detour on the square and walked back to our home for that night.
Lungarno Galileo Galilei

Just as we got into our room, the husband had blurted out so loud-- "I am going to take a cold...ohhhh soooo cold shower!"  And that became a chorus and the rousing family greetings all throughout the entire trip!  ~


 

itravel1 says:
Long intro no....::))
Posted on: Nov 22, 2017
KeikoCreative says:
May, congrats on being featured! ;)
Posted on: Nov 21, 2017
starship1 says:
Nice blog, May, and congratulations on it being featured today! Funny, we had a similar "no AC" night in Rome and boy, were we 4 miserable people. Later I think we found out that we must have had to pay extra to use the AC but we didn't know it at the time!
Posted on: Nov 21, 2017
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The Arno River by night
The Arno River by night
The Arno River by night
The Arno River by night
The Arno River by night
The Arno River by night
heading toward Piazza del Pozzetto
heading toward Piazza del Pozzetto
heading toward Logge Dei Banchi
heading toward Logge Dei Banchi
my threesome on Ponte di Mezzo
my threesome on Ponte di Mezzo
walking along Lungarno Mediceo
walking along Lungarno Mediceo
Lungarno Galileo Galilei
Lungarno Galileo Galilei
apparently, our Airbnb is one of t…
apparently, our Airbnb is one of …
the window in our room with the ti…
the window in our room with the t…
Piazza del Pozzetto
Piazza del Pozzetto
along Borgo Stretto
along Borgo Stretto
Borgo Stretto, Pisa Italy
Borgo Stretto, Pisa Italy
along Borgo Stretto, Pisa Italy
along Borgo Stretto, Pisa Italy
along Via Santa Maria Pisa Italy
along Via Santa Maria Pisa Italy
souvenir magnets
souvenir magnets
souvenir magnets
souvenir magnets
graffiti on our Airbnb building
graffiti on our Airbnb building
random shots
random shots
sewer cover
sewer cover
Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici
Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici
Piazza dei Cavalieri
Piazza dei Cavalieri
Palazzo della Carovana in Piazza d…
Palazzo della Carovana in Piazza …
Palazzo della Carovana in Piazza d…
Palazzo della Carovana in Piazza …
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