5.30.09 Fascinating Florence
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Iâ€™m sitting in Sugar- bells of a nearby church are ringing as they have likely rung for hundreds of years. I can see down the hillside to
We arrived this Saturday after about a 4-hour drive today from
Then, about 7 miles north of our
Camping Michelangelo is the classic
We only have 2 amp (4
We know this detailed electrical info because Jazy was indignant about paying 49E a night here and not even being able to run the microwave. So she marched up to the office and nicely told them our power wasnâ€™t working. They sent a campground man over, whereupon he compassionately explained the situation. She at least felt better for having tried to fix the situation.
Did you know that in
The campground is just beside the Piazza Michelangelo, which seems to me to be a misnomer. I think of a Piazza as a town square, surrounded by buildings with a church on one side. This however, is more like a big parking lot alongside a curvy road through a park-like setting. In the parking lot are some tourist item stalls and a replica statue of Michelangeloâ€™s David. Buses and cars fill up the rest. There is a railing along the lotâ€™s edge, which acts as an overlook to view the city from above. Then there are pedestrian steps that cut down the switchback street as the hillside lowers to the city center and river. This is how we walk 10 minutes into the city. Very easy! Coming up is a little harder.
We got to visit both the Duomo and the Uffuzi today! Weâ€™d heard so many stories about the minimum 3 hour queues for the Uffuzi and Iâ€™d tried to reserve online, but the whole next week was blocked out. But at 4:30 pm, we were shocked to walk right in! Yahoo! There were maybe 10 people in front of us. We did have to pay for everyone (40E total) although in some museums, they are kind in giving us the EU deal of kids under 18 free, this was not one of them. Given the
Still we enjoyed the Uffuzi with great works and recognized many of the great artists from our previous museums in
We stopped at a little grocery store in town and got lunch and dinner provisions (29) After campground (49), Uffuzi (40), Gas (48), highway tolls from Venice to Florence (18), gelato (6), pizza for lunch (11), etc, etc, we thought it prudent to make a delicious spaghetti and eat in. City touring and
I was talking this morning with our nice
Charles and Lia want to go south 15 miles to Chianti Hills campground, one affilitated with Michelangelo and Camping Roma. However, it also has waterslides, a pool, horseback riding, etc. While I didnâ€™t want to shuttle into
They have met a few friends here though and Lia found a little kitten to play with, so they may change their tune as they become attached here. Weâ€™ll see what charms tomorrow holds.
I also met some nice campers from The Netherlands, both Librarians, who love to travel. I love their tent that is raised off the ground on a metal bar base. That section, has cots in it, and then thereâ€™s an attached awning room. Within the awning room is a kitchen unit that makes up the end section of the package. All of this structure apparently folds down into some sort of pop-up unit that takes just a minute to unfold. Theyâ€™ve been using this Danish tent for twenty years and it still looked new to me. Iâ€™ve not seen anything like it!
Iâ€™m continually amazed by the creativity of some camping ideas and surprised that they have not more readily spread to our side of the world. Like the front windshield roller screen in Sugar, or the screens/blackout shades that slide across within the opening (like in Sugar), etc. There are so many good ideas and I would love to design different RV/camping solutions.