Chianti/Florence (Tuscany), Italy
Florence Travel Blog› entry 13 of 54 › view all entries
March 19th, 2009 – by: RoxanneBarney
I caught the 3hr train to Florence instead of the 1hr train, because it was cheaper and so I could just relax. When I finally arrived in Florence (worst train station yet-barely any signs), I thought "this is not how I pictured Tuscany". Thankfully I was staying at a hostel out of the city, in the middle of nowhere. The bus ride there had much better scenery and that was when I was convinced that I was in Tuscany. It wasn't easy getting here though. First the station, then of course the one time i didn't make a copy of the directions to the hostel, they get erased from my iPod. Luckily there was an Internet cafe nearby and then the bus driver was really nice and droped me off pretty much in front of the hostel, otherwise who knows where I would have ended up.
Friday, Victoria, myself & Betty (girl I'm staying with here in Tuscany) caught a bus to Siena. It was still freezing (it ended up snowing at night) and I don't own a sweater.
Saturday was the first day that I did absolutely nothing touristy.
So I have to start paying attention to what day of the week it is. I knew before hand that Sundays had a reduced time table, but I didn't know that it was Sunday. So I spent another day at the hostel waiting for the 4pm bus. I thought I was so clever putting the directions of the hostel from the bus station on my iPod, but I started walking in the complet wrong direction. After 20 minutes trying to ask people where to go, I gave up, walked back to the train station and caught a cab, because I couldn't breath at this point my lungs hurt so much.
Monday, one of the Canadians and I wandered Florence. It was a nice city, but again I felt like I got my dose within a day. Next was Venice. At this point I'm starting to feel like everything looks the same. I'd rather experience the culture than visit the touristy sights.
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