5.31.09 Florence- Day 2
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5.31.09 Florence- Day 2
Big excitement in the Michelangelo campground for us because weâ€™ve spied an Irish campervan with a similar license plate! In fact, just the first 2 digits (the year) are different! It is even from the same county! How odd is that? They arenâ€™t there, but weâ€™ve left a note in a Ziploc bag taped to their door. Wouldnâ€™t that be exciting if they knew Kieran and Orla?
It is raining today and weâ€™re enjoying the down time. We visited the campground grocery store here, which is quite large. A nice lady working there helped us perfect our Italian (â€śPregoâ€ť is never said at the end of a request, just at the beginning. â€śPer favoreâ€ť is instead said at the end) She said it was nice that we Americans were trying to learn some Italian.
She also said we neednâ€™t worry about a hazard panel for the bikes on the back of Sugar. (no one knows where to buy one) and that the police would not ticket us- that they had many people come through here without one and had never heard of the police giving a fine, let alone a 500E fine, for lack of a panel. Still, I worry and choose to be conservative (mark that down as a first!).
We had a snack of some Italian chocolate chip biscotti dipped in coffee, then made sandwiches of Tuscan bread, which has a very hard crust, but soft inside. With procuitto (ham) and delicious cheese (Fontina), we enjoyed our 10:30 am lunch. At this rate weâ€™ll be finished with dinner by 3pm.
We just heard big thunder! It is raining hard.
Update: We wandered
We ran into our librarian Dutch campground friends, Aviva and Abraham, who joined us for gelato. Did you know you can ask for up to three different flavors in a single â€śpiccoloâ€ť gelato cup? Great way to try many creative flavors for 2E or less!
We lucked into the street market near the Duomo- there were leather bags, t-shirts, silk scarves, sandals, etc and we had a great time buying an inexpensive hat or t-shirt along the route. We also got a few badly needed Italian leather belts (5E) â€“ he quickly size them just right. He also punched a few holes in the leather straps of our
A nice, big-brotherly type market seller did advise one person in our party to stand up straight with shoulders back.
We called Ned for a long time from an internet cafe for just $.10 a minute. Charges begin when Ned answers, but I have to push the * button to activate it and so Ned can hear me. I figured this out on the 4th call! The internet cafe did indeed require my passport (or passcard) before phone use - I took a picture of the posted sign saying the police want the info.
Funniest thing happened at dayâ€™s end: Weâ€™d wandered near the bus station and then pulled out the GPS for help getting back. As we walked behind three newly arrived ladies with suitcases, they stopped with that familiar confused look. So I used the GPS to locate directions to their B&B address, then we walked that direction together. Guess where they live?
Tomorrow, weâ€™ll head onward. The exorbitant price of the campground prohibits lingering when there are many more cities to enjoy along our route back to Ireland.
Today concludes Year One of our travels!