Thursday, December 14, 2017

Florence - We Crashed the Nester's Honeymoon

So life has been getting in the way of me finishing my recap of our tour of Italy. The final stop on our trip was defiantly the part I was looking forward to the most! We left Venice and headed back to Florence to meet our friends from the US, Chris and Ortie who were there on honeymoon. We couldn't make it to their wedding, so we figured the next best thing was to crash their trip for a few nights! It always feels surreal when you meet close friends abroad, and we had the best time catching up and exploring what Florence had to offer!
First up was ice cream, as it's Ortie's favorite and we had to celebrate our reunion. 

After ice cream we headed to our air b n b which Ortie picked out. Emi was loving the bed! 

We were also a stone's throw away from the Doma and main square in Florence. It was great to be right in the middle of the action. 

We knew we wanted to see the famous David by Michelangelo so we booked tickets in advance and caught this attraction nice and early. 

The statue was a lot bigger than I had expected and the museum was just the right size. We spent about 45 minutes wandering around, and with a toddler that is just the right amount of time!

We then spent the rest of the day enjoying the weather and wandering around the city. 

Florence is beautiful! We were recommended to visit Pizzale Michelangelo which sits on top of a hill and offers great views of the city. 

It was my favorite part of the city! 

 Emi had a good time too running around the park. 

We also visited the famous bridge - The Ponte Vecchio. 

And enjoyed more ice cream...

and a street puppet performance. 

We really took advantage of the weather and strolled around the city for the remainder of our time. Florence has loads of beautiful sites around every corner.  

Florence was the perfect way to end our tour of Italy! I loved seeing the newlyweds and the beautiful sites of the city. Can't wait until we meet again, wherever in the world that may be! 

Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Quick Stop in Venice

On to part 3 of our Tour of Italy! After Tuscany, we got rid of our rental car and spent the rest of the trip travelling via train. I was expecting the train travel to be the easiest part of the trip in terms of entertaining Emi - but she was so busy on the train and constantly moving. Luckily the trip from Florence to Venice was only 2 hours, so after a few laps around the train and a couple of movies on the ipad we arrived. 

 When we arrived in Venice it was a lot colder than we expected and it was also night time. Google maps said it was a 20 minute walk to our hotel, which we opted for instead of a ferry, but we soon came to regret. Venice is nothing but bridges, so lugging a large suitcase and stroller with child through the city for 20 minutes was a nightmare. We made the best of it and once we arrived at our hotel we went for a stroll and grabbed some dinner. 

We were pretty tired so had an early one and were up early the following day to get out and explore. Sadly it was again cold and overcast, but we still got out to see the sights.  

First stop was the famous St. Mark's Square. Now we arrived early, and the place was absolutely rammed with tourists. Venice gets a lot of day tourists from the cruise ships, and at times it was a nightmare trying to get around.  

We ditched our stroller and put Emi in the carrier as Venice is not stroller friendly whatsoever. 

 We spent a few hours wandering around exploring the streets and eating food along the way. 

In the afternoon we opted for a ferry cruise through the city. We weren't keen on a $100 30 minute gondola ride, especially as the weather wasn't ideal. We wanted to be inside which the ferry provided and Emi enjoyed being on the boat. 

Touring Venice from the water is a great option. You really don't see much from the tiny alley ways and we enjoyed our cruise the most during our time there.

 The end of the cruise dropped us off at St. Mark's square which was empty and picturesque at night. 

We opted for some street food pizza to end the day, which really was the constant theme of our trip. 

 The next day we grabbed lunch before getting our train to our final destination- Florence.

Overall, we were quite disappointed with Venice. I am glad that we went to see it, as I have always wanted to go, but it was way too touristy and with the weather we were glad to be heading back to the sun in the South. 
 Until next time, I'll see you on the internet.