30.05.2011 25 °C
Day 6 Florence to Pisa to Lugano to Italian Lakes (Baveno)
Left Florence this morning. Finally got to see more actual houses standing by themselves on acreages. Barley fields all headed out but not ripe. The greenery is very lush, high hills all around the city-kinda reminds me of Vegas (in the valley). We are supposed to be travelling west according to map. My compass says the opposite maybe it don’t work too good on the bus, too much metal. Here you don’t get out of the city onto a highway, it’s building and people all around. Wow, I just finished writing that and look..open fields, reminds me of home….hay bales and all. Corn Fields 2’ tall. Donna print this like I say it…Dean, Charlie and Rachel will understand. I’m doing notes as we travel, it’s better this way! I finally saw some backhoes working in Rome..all the digging was done by archaeologists….Jerry couldn’t make a living here.
Just left Leaning Tower of Pisa. Good example of engineering gone bad, but still lasting 950 years. Another monster church made of marble. All the marble in this area is from the Cara (sp) mountains which we just drove by. The marble from here was also sent to Rome starting in 500BC…hard to imagine. Near the top of these mountains is white stuff, not snow, but marble. Just passing the large buildings with large boulders of rock and marble in compounds where they are cutting them up for shipment. They are double tire single axle trucks with triple axle single tire trailers..sure different than back home.
This is the bottom end of the Alps..toll roads all over Italy!! All big trucks on the highways are cab over or snub nose, probably for overall length, I would think.
If this blog seems a little mixed up…welcome to my world through my eyes and ears…..JOHN signing off…………………
DONNA`S BLOG…..this one will make more sense!!
Up to Lugano, Switzerland…very pretty, amazing views of Lugano as we rounded the corner. Lots of up and down streets.
Final leg of the day, we end up at Lake Maggiore which is in the Italian Lakes District. What a beautiful
stunning view and guess what, we had a lake view…here’s a picture from our balcony! We are staying at one of the Zaccheria hotels (only 5 here) and it is as elegant as any of the Las Vegas hotels on a slightly smaller basis. Definitely a 4-5 star. Olympic sized indoor swimming pool plus outdoor pool.