06.09.2014 - 06.09.2014 30 °C
Well after a lovely week in Avignon we were packed and ready for the next stage of our journey. Marie the owner of the apartment arrived at 7.50am to check the apartment and return our bond. After a discussion of our week's adventures and a fond farewell we were on our way to the car rental depot and the train station.
We left Avignon at 9.50am bound for Florence - arrival time 8.55pm! A long day of traveling ahead of us. Not all the time was going to be in the train of course - we had some stop over times at various stations when we needed to change trains. We stopped in Lyon and Chambery Challes in France and Torino Porta Susa in Italy before arriving in Florence. We passed some beautiful country side on our journey both mountainous and fertile farming plains.
The trains were all good but the last one from Torino Porta Susa to Florence was great - it hardly seemed to be moving at all but was traveling at a top speed of 300km.
We arrived in Florence around 9pm and joined the extremely long taxi line.
Having said that, it didn't take long for the queue to move and we were in a taxi and on the way to our apartment. On the way to the apartment we passed a lot of great looking shops and sights. The apartment, once again is on the third floor up some very steep winding stairs - luckily this apartment building has a lift...fantastico!!
The apartment is lovely and spacious and bright- great to see after a long day traveling.
We dropped off our bags and headed out to find somewhere to have tea (10pm!) Just down the road we found a great pizza and pasta restaurant. The pizza, risotto and ravioli were all delicious. We then had a quick look around the area where we are staying. Within about 3 blocks of the apartment we found a lot to look at....and not all shops. surprisingly enough! Two artists painting with chalk on the road - amazing. They living in Florence studying art. The art had been started at 10am in the morning and were not quite completed at 10.30pm the same day.
Also a brass quartet entertaining a large crowd, a guitarist playing in the Piazza della Signoria right beside huge statues (including a replica of David. The girls thought his shadow looked better) and the del Duomo Cathedral (No photos yet) and the Old Palace.
First impressions of Florence are brilliant - it looks like an exciting place to explore, very vibrant.