photography, travel

1 of 10

There’s a Facebook meme going around. A bunch of them really. 10 things you are thankful for. 10 albums that impacted you. 10 travel photos.

Ok so darling T – my very first friend from my Asia trip – tagged me in the travel photos challenge. 10 photos, 10 days, no explanation, tag someone else. (Yeah, my wall on FB is locked down tight and I’m not assigning homework to anyone. But if this inspires you, feel free to consider yourself challenged!)

So: Day 1 of 10

adventures abroad, exploring and revisiting, travel

Tuscany: Florence & Pisa

After we arrive at our hotel in Florence, we both get the obligatory shower (airports & airplanes – ugh) then change to go out for a while. We had debated a nap – even without any significant traffic, the drive felt like eternity – but by this time it’s after 4pm and we realize a nap now will mean we don’t sleep at night.

So we pull ourselves together and explore the area nearby. We find the local tram station and ride down into the center of Florence, seeing the Duomo at night and strolling down cobblestone streets and having hot chocolate (warming the hands and the belly).

Post Holiday but still festive
Last saw this by day with my sister, years ago. Missed you, Sis!

We only walk around for about an hour though, before we head back to the hotel and have dinner, and make our plan for tomorrow: Florence by day and a train ride to Pisa in the afternoon.

Back in our room, we settle in and are both out cold by a few minutes after 10:30pm local time.

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I stir at 7:30am. I could get up. Maybe.

I don’t.

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At 9:30, we both stir. Check the train schedules. Get ourselves ready.

A little after 11am we are training into Florence. We head for the Galleria Academia to see the David. We stop for our respective forms of morning caffeine, while we walk. Continue reading “Tuscany: Florence & Pisa”

travel, ups and downs

Getting there

Welcome to what I hope, going in, will be the low point of the trip. 😄

(Narrator voiceover: it wouldn’t be.)

I remember midday to check in for my morning flight, and that’s when I discover my flight has changed. Gee AA, maybe I’d have wanted to know that?

But actually, the later flight, in this case, will mean smoother, less traffic-heavy airport trips (thanks Dad). It will also mean my ridiculous layover in JFK will be … every so slightly shorter. No, still ridiculous. But no time stress is a good thing.

Continue reading “Getting there”

adventures abroad, flotsam, travel

Ciao Italia!

Venice decorated for the Christmas holidays (2009)
Venice decorated for the Christmas holidays (2009)

Three years ago this month, my sister and I went to Italy. It was our first “sister’s trip” (and only, so far), and our first time to Italy (and only, so far). It was a great trip… in part because Italy is amazing but even more because I was able to share it with my sister.  As I hacked and wheezed my way through the countryside. Continue reading “Ciao Italia!”