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Carol Perkins: Advenures in Italy, Part 3

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By Carol Perkins

After our trip to Naples and Pompeii, we went back to the hotel to pack for Florence, the next leg of our trip. I can tell this truth about Guy because he knows it: when he is in a hurry (such as checking in and out of a hotel), he gets in a tizzy. I suggested he wait by the luggage while Noah and I checked out. After the desk clerk called a cab, the guys took our luggage to the sidewalk to wait. I got in the cab and left the boys to oversee the luggage.

At the train station, the cab driver unloaded the bags and sped away. I looked around and my carry-on was missing, which contained my CPAP machine. "Did we leave a bag in the taxi? My carry on is gone," I announced in a panic. Guy had helped to unload, so he knew it wasn't in the trunk. Then Noah calmly said, "I think you left it beside the chair in the hotel. That's where it was." Guy hailed a cab back to the hotel, retrieved the bag, and caught up with us. This took an extra hour.

Off we went to Florence, arriving as the sun was setting. In booking our hotel, I chose one that was supposed to be "just minutes" from the center of the famous Duomo (dome).

The cab driver drove through the city, entered a one-lane road (driving like a maniac) and took us several miles from town. Our hotel (which was beautifully set in the Tuscany hills) was a twenty-dollar cab ride to and from the main attractions. That was forty dollars a day for three days. It was nowhere near the center of town!

Because of all the sites to see, I once again insisted we do a golf-cart ride (no tour buses in these cities because of the small streets). The driver (another maniac) swung around curves up and around a mountain to give us a panoramic view of the city. (Once when we got out of the cart, it began to roll. Guy and I caught it!) It was breathtaking, but if I were ever going to die from a heat stroke, it would have been then.

The highlight of Florence for me was seeing Michelangelo's David. Here is the story about that. According to a lady in a ticket booth, the lines were long so if we bought a "skip the line ticket ($50 for the three of us), we could go straight in, look around, and leave. No standing in line. By then we had seen so many tapestries, paintings, and random statues that we were dazed, so we paid the money and went to the entrance. Instead of a long line, there were only a dozen people waiting, but I didn't "raise cane" over it as I wanted to do. (I was in a tizzy at this point.)

On one of our days in Florence, we took a side trip (train) to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A cab driver took us to the site where we walked through the massive crowds (taking pictures as if they were holding up the tower), and when I went as far as I could go, I sat on a step and told Guy and Noah that they could to tell me what they saw up close. There were as many people there as in Disney at Halloween. Florence was a lovely city, but nothing compared to the final leg of our trip, which was to Venice.

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