The Adventure Starts Here: Our Honeymoon - Florence

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Our Honeymoon - Florence

I know I'm taking a while to blog about the honeymoon, but there are so many fun stories that I wanted to break it up by city and take my time.

So anyway... on Thursday we took the vaporetto from our hotel to the train station. The train station was a little confusing but we got there early and were able to get on the right train and had plenty of time for Chris to get our huge luggage above our seats. Once in Florence we had planned on walking to the hotel with our luggage. As we were standing on the corner looking lost, 2 young guys came over to ask if we needed help. They were obviously American and so Chris asked where they were from. One was from Ohio, we told them we were from NJ. The second guy asked where since he was also from NJ. We said that now we live in Morristown, and he said he was from Watchung! What a small world... we of course then said we graduated from Watchung Hills and so did he! He had graduated in 2008 and was no studying abroad for the semester. It's amazing who you'll meet when in a different country! They told us that our hotel was close enough to walk to but could be tough on the cobblestone streets with our luggage. We started to walk it but with the heat we gave up and got a cab in the end. Our hotel was gorgeous (which it should be since it was our splurge hotel of the trip). It was only 1pm when we got there and our room wouldn't be ready until 3. So they held our luggage and got us a table outside at the hotel restaurant. It was a little pricey but the food was amazing! I had spaghetti with clams and Chris had an asparagus risotto. We then walked up to the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo to take some pictures. We just relaxed in the hotel room before dinner that night. So far we really love Florence :)

At lunch

On the Ponte Vecchio

Our hotel room :)

View from our room

Chris loved this little couch in the hotel hallway

at dinner

Friday morning we had tickets to the Ufizzi gallery from our hotel. It was interesting to go to, but nothing spectacular. After lunch I wasn't feeling great, but I tried to be a trooper and we went on a bus tour in the afternoon. It wasn't really worth the money since the bus isn't able to go deep into the city where most of the important sites are. We did get some cool pictures though. That night we had planned to go to this fancy restaurant that the hotel had recommended, but since I wasn't feeling great we decided to stay close by and just ate at a restaurant in the Piazza where our hotel was. After dinner we took a walk to get gelato and saw this crazy mime guy who you could tell wanted to be Charlie Chaplin. He was funny at first but when he started grabbing girls out of the audience and doing creepy tricks with going under their skirts we got out of there.

Amazing chocolate, marmalade, and boston creme filled croissants at breakfast :)

at the Ufizzi gallery

Chris loved the Ferrari store every city we went to

at lunch

on the bus tour

at dinner

In the morning I felt a lot better and we went on our Vespa tour. They took us outside the city of Florence where it was less crowded. They spent the beginning part showing us how to drive the vespa. I tried it out but was very shaky and knew I couldn't go out and drive it on the actual road with other drivers on it. So instead the tour guide said I could ride on the back of his as a passenger. Chris was able to do it, but as for me it was a great decision to go as a passenger. We went all over making crazy turns, going down steep hills, and having cars pass us constantly. So I was able to ride on the vespa with no stress and enjoy the Chianti countryside. On our tour were 2 other couples... one from Australia, and the other from Canada. They were really nice but made our trip seem so short. The Australians were on a 7 week honeymoon and the Canadians work online and are traveling all over for 8 months! We went to a winery and had a tour and then some lunch and wine tasting... it was a lot of fun. That night we went to the fancy dinner that we were supposed to go to the night before. It was a little outside of the touristy part of Florence, so the whole menu was only in Italian (most of the places we had been to so far were also in English). The waiter was nice enough to translate the whole thing to us... very helpful! I ordered the sea bass and first they brought it to me head and all so I could "approve it". Then they took it away and cleaned and deboned it. They put it on the biggest plate I've ever seen... so not necessary for the amount of food lol.

Chris driving the vespa

learning how to drive the vespa

Chris and I at a vineyard

all of the vespas

at our fancy dinner :)

my gigantic plate

So that was our time in Florence. Next stop is Rome!

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