Finishing Florence and Finding the Ferry – Europe Day 21

  After waking up early to pack our bags and check out of our hotel, we headed into town to finish sightseeing in Florence. We had an 11:30 reservation for a "Secret Passages" tour of the Palazo Vechio, but first I really wanted to climb up Brunelleschi's Dome! As we headed off, we noticed Sam's ever-so-important … Continue reading Finishing Florence and Finding the Ferry – Europe Day 21

On the Inferno Trail – Europe Day 20

Very first thing this morning Sam and I made our way to a bookshop here on Florence and bought a copy of a Inferno. Sam really wanted to be able to read about the locations we were seeing in how they related to the story, after recently finishing Angels and Demons. So as we sat … Continue reading On the Inferno Trail – Europe Day 20

Murano Glass and a Book Hunt – Europe Day 19

  We woke up very early today. Well, 7:00. But that is very early for us. We wanted to make it to St. Mark's Square before all the crowds and cruise ships came in. So we skipped breakfast and headed straight there, getting some pretty fantastic photos. It's by far the best time of day to … Continue reading Murano Glass and a Book Hunt – Europe Day 19

Venezia – Europe Day 18

I already said it yesterday, but I'll say it again: nothing compares to Venice. Hemingway, Byron, Proust, and countless other authors far more skilled than myself have been writing about this city's beauty for 400 years. There is nothing I could say that hasn't been said and no description I could render that could paint … Continue reading Venezia – Europe Day 18

Mausoleums, Mosaics, and Magic – Europe Day 17

  We left our hotel in Ravenna today to the sounds of trumpets. Not for us of course, but as part of the huge navy parade that was ending the week long Italian sailors convention. This meant, unfortunately, that many of the roads we needed to cross were busy or blocked off for the festivities. And … Continue reading Mausoleums, Mosaics, and Magic – Europe Day 17

Bologna to Ravenna – Europe Day 16

    We spent the morning exploring the beautiful city of Bologna. Well, actually, the area we first walked through was pretty ghetto with graffiti and raging everywhere, but once we got past that to the heart of the city, it was lovely. One of the most fun parts of the city was all of … Continue reading Bologna to Ravenna – Europe Day 16