Article from July 2011
Italy, italy italy italy, sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Well let me tell you it’s wonderful, but it’s HOT!!!! Last week I took an 18 hour train ride from Dijon France, to Naples Italy, now in reality this train ride should only be about 10 hours or so, but I got to experience a series of layovers in Lausaune, Brigg, and Milan. Anyways I safely made it to Naples on my own, where I met up with my grandmother to start our italian adventure!!!
We started by spending 3 days at this lovely campground/hostel outside of sorrento italy (about an hour south of Naples). From sorrento we visted the island of Capri for a day, the ancient ruins of Pompeii, and spent a day just wandering around sorrento (and accumalating a police ticket!!).
Our next destination was Roma!!! Rome, in 2 days, is it possible? Really? Yes it can be, if your quick!!! With the help of one of those double decker, open air, tour buses, we got to see all of rome with barely any trouble. The way these buses work is that you buy a ticket that lasts 24 hours, and this bus has a route that goes around the hole city with different stops, so you’re able to get off at a stop and catch the bus when it comes back around the loop so you can see what you want to see! (Not to mention the audio tour guides along with them!) So yes, I saw the coleseum (incorrect spelling I know), and all those other important places, like the Trevi, and all of that!!!
The second day spent in Rome, was actually spent at/in the Vatican!!! Let me tell you now, if we hadn’t boughten our tickets in advance online, we would of standed in lines for hours!! But one thing I noticed is that around 9 the lines are hugeeeeeee, but when you come out around 2ish, the lines are much much shorter, so if heading to the Vatican, go after lunch!! Pictures will be up….. at some point 😛
So next on the travel itenerary would be Florence, or should I say Firenze!!! I must say I enjoyed our time in Florence over the time spent in Rome, Florence was just so much more do-able, and had a nicer feeling to it. So much history there, the heart of the renaissance!!! From florence we took a day trip down to Sienna, which was beautiful. Then we also took a day trip over to Pisa and took the ‘holding the tower’ pictures like a good tourist does x] and went over to Livorno only to realize that the trains were on strike and we’d be lucky to get back to our hostel in Florence!!! So after several hours of trying to find trains that were actually going we made it back to Florence! Also in Florence we did another one of those double decker, open air bus tours, again it was fantastic and allowed us to see all those things we might not have been able to see, like piazza michealangelo which is at the top of a large mountain that looks over the whole city!!! We also went into the pitti palace, which holds the Medicci family art collections! On our last day in Florence we took a day trip through our hostel, a horseback ride through Tuscany, and boy was it beautiful!!! Out in the hills near San (Ginomana?) riding through sunflower fields and grapes vines, it was a good 3 hour ride, accompanied by a lovely lunch. And expect for the ‘mishap’ (i’ll keep it on the down low for my grandmas sake) we had a perfect time. I must add though, 3 hours on an european saddle…..it hurts.
Well now we’re back in beaune for a few days, i’ll be spending time with the family, friends, and of course my boyfriend. The goodbyes are becoming closer and closer, something i’m not looking forward to doing, but…. well but nothing, i don’t want to say goodbye. Life throws difficult things at us doesn’t it?