25.05.2011 28 °C
JOHN’S BLOG - Better late than never:
Rome, wow! More than I expected. I figured a few ruins but not everywhere. Narrow streets and big fill them up block after block of buildings everywhere. Not a house to be seen….apartment living for everyone. Not my style. Parking for small cars and bikes at a premium, not for my cube van …ha, ha
The ruins spectular, how they could build that 2000 years ago is beyond me. The doors to some of their buildings that are in operation here now are so large and heavy that it really is mind blowing. The domes of the buildings are quite awesome.
DAY 4 - May 24 - Rome to Sienna to Florence
Actually, I note that I left you at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona (a square with a fountain and statute, of course, and the artists like to show and sell their art) so here is a picture of a guitarist with a most unique guitar!!
Another great pic…here is our great looking Italian guide, Marco and my new Melbourne friends, Jane and Beatrice. We did the tourist thing and tossed a coin in the fountain for good luck, naturally!
We had a great Italian outdoor dinner with a very talented host who did some wonderful Italian singing and then some bad Elvis imitation with fake side burns. Quite entertaining really!
So now I am up to Day 4.…On the road to Sienna. Good news for lots of us…our tour director has bought the proper technology and we now have wi-fi available to us on the bus whenever we travel…woohoo…now we don’t have to pay the hotel rates which can be pretty expensive…3 euros for 30 minutes. Remember the Euro is approximately 1.39 to the Canadian Dollar. Insight Vacations have definitely done up the tour right…everything is 1st class so far.
Countryside changing a lot and getting very hilly. Into Sienna, well not actually into as only locals and people who work there are allowed to bring their small vehicles and scooters in. So, we walk in……now if any of you have read the book…Pillars of the Earth………..with a little imagination we totally walked into that book. Medieval History…wow..quite unbelievable, the streets, the square, the church, the stone! Just needed some horses and carts … medieval Italy at its best.
The opera house at the top is magnificent…I think I got a decent picture which does it justice. Stunning!
Off to Florence after our visit to Sienna. In Florence, we start out with a tour of the Acadeny Gallery to See Michelangelo’s original statute of David (the perfect man). Well, just so you know, he’s not perfect…his hands and feet and head are not in proportion with his body…but I guess Michel decided that they needed to be larger to put the giant statute into perspective when you looked up at it…artists!! Over to Florence’s cathedral……another wow….I thought I had seen some big churches in my time but no way…these churches are enormous and took centuries to build!!
Then to hotel (another beaut). Dinner with our travel group at hotel. NH FIRENZE LINK