Saturday, June 29, 2013


We took a high speed Italo train from Milan to Florence.  It was beautiful and comfortable, but virtually empty.  Getting to the elevated platform with all our luggage (and no elevator or escalator) was quite difficult, but we were afraid to wait for Nic to help us get there.  When he arrived, he and Melissa went to get a coffee and something to eat and then we all waited for the train together.  We had one stop in Bologna before arriving in Florence.  We arrived at the Santa Maria Novella train station, where we were met at the train by our dear friend Daniele who took us to our apartment.  It is absolutely wonderful.  We will post pictures soon.  Just getting settled.  Did a little grocery shopping and checked out the neighborhood.  Had a great lunch at a little place on the Piazza about 2 doors from our apartment entrance.  Walked to the Duomo, saw our school, went to the Piazza della Signoria and the Piazza Repubblica, then across the Ponte Vecchio and back.  They were setting up for a wedding reception on the Ponte Vecchio--it was the craziest thing I ever saw.  Melissa and I are sitting at the dining room table, enjoying the beautiful breeze and the gorgeous view.  Nicolò and his parents are coming tomorrow for lunch.  It will be great to see Livio and Tiziana again -- it has been too long.

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