Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Italy - Florence....

 
 
Next stop.... Florence (my favourite place) and the closer we got, the hotter it got!
Whoohoo.... 28C!
 
And after finding our accommodation (wonderful with mezzanine floors and Jacuzzi!) and having a wonderful meal of pasta which dh cooked, we all slept like logs! 
Next morning, up we got and off to the 'Hop-on, Hop-off' bus!
We LOVE these!


 
So off we set  hopping off and hopping back on!


And looking down side streets,


 
Statue of David

 Looking out over Florence
 



Off to the Palace....


 
 
My family....
 
 
 
We walked our feet off... water was a must!
 
 
 
 


 The gardens were glorious, and for a moment we thought the bird below was a statue...

 until it moved!!
 
 
 
Youngest sister with oldest sister....
 
 
 
 
 
If you ever wanted to buy the most amazing jewellery, then this is where you need to be!
 
 






 
 
 
 
 
Just jutting out from the side of the bridge  the pride of someone...who loves a garden
 

Can you imagine just how high this tower is... and zooming in, Hannah felt faint at the thought of actually climbing those stairs.... lucky all we did was 'look' at it! 
 
 
 
We walked until our feet hurt, and we didn't help ourselves really - but there was just too much to see, we decided not to catch the last bus and walked all the way back, dh and Hannah looked in bookshops, and Paige and Meaghan looked in fashion shops, and I looked out for both pairs that they didn't get lost from each other!  Finally we reached our apartment and changed shoes and found a wonderful restaurant a few doors down with the most wonderful pasta!  The owner was sing-songy, funny and very animated - calling Paige 'Paiginie Francesca'  (Paige's middle name is Frances)  and Hannah 'Anna Rosa'  (her middle name is Rose)  It was really hilarious with lots of giggles!
Then late to bed.... but we sure did welcome sleep! (So did our feet!) 
 
   



 
Weeeelll,
We got to the end of the 'jumps' in Pisa,(I think we got tired and forgot!)
but I have a couple of blurry ones 'up my sleeve'... (sooooo just for Julie and LizzyH!! hee hee)
here's one at the Paris Opera House...


 
 
Next.... to Rome!
 
 


7 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeeeee the photos!! Looks like an amazing time! And YAY for the jump!!!!

Dear Pearl Vintage said...

Oh Mandy Florence is my most favourite place too! so wonderful to see all the girls together and follow your travels xx

Dear Pearl Vintage said...

oh Mandy Florence is my most favourite place too! So lovely to see all the girls together and follow your travels xx

Lizzy Hill said...

We spent a week in Firenze last sept. I LOVED it & would be back in a flash. I climbed both the duomo tower & the bell tower next door. The view point over Firenze? We caught the local bus up to watch the sunset...& ate American hotdogs with chips!!!! The pitti palazzo is INCREDIBLE...luckily, it was FREE the day we went, even the tour inside:):):) these pics brought back soooo many great memories.....thank you....& BALLET jumps in the OPERA house....sheesh! It's a wonder some one didn't get removed:):)!!!!

Phillipa, said...

What an amazing time you must have had on your holiday and to spend so much time with Meaghan. I've been keeping up with all your adventures. I have done a lot of travelling but have never been to Italy. My DH bought me the most beautiful butterfly brooch, made from gold filigree and turquoise enamel, from the Ponte Vecchio.

S said...

Amazing does seem to be the apt observation. Loving the pictures. You must have had a wonderful time.

Julene Matthews said...

Did you see the real David statue in the Academia?The outside ones are just copies.I can identify with your photos.Love it all.