06/01/2013 - 06/06/2013 68 °F
Overall, I'm in love with Florence. But naturally it did not start out that way. Keeping in line with the rest of our trip, we found humor in our situation but it took a solid 24 hours before we laughed.
We traveled the trains like veterans with no problems. The story comes from the "flat" we were supposed to stay in. This place made Joanna and her creepy oil paintings seem like a safe haven. The flat we rented off air B and B and the guy was supposed to meet us to give us the key couldn't make it so he gave us the number of his friend. We met him in a slightly sketchy area where the flat was and he took us inside and up to the flat. He gave us a quick 5 min tour and spoke in so fast and in a thick Italian accent that we could barely understand what he said. When he left we absorbed our situation. The flat was dirty, cluttered, and smells like rotten cabbage. The "shower" was basically a drain and a hose. That was the last straw for Casey and I. We frantically called the dream makers (aka parents for those of you who did not read our first post) and they told us to get out of there. So we lost about 150 euro after canceling and started searching for a new place. We found a decent hostel and had to share a room with two boys for a night (which we will also never do again) and then ended up with a fabulous private room. It even had a proper shower (and it was big for Europe). Needless to say the debacle put us in a slightly frustrated mood.
We finally found our groove in Florence and visited the Duomo, the academia (too see David), Ufitizzi, and the Boboli Gatdens. The Dulmo might have been my favorite church so far.
We also got to do a fabulous wine your in Tuscany. We went to two wineries in the Cianti region and learned so much about wine. We also got to sample olive oil and Grappa (which was not so good). We also went to a butcher who apparently has a cooking show in America. All of it was wonderful!
We also did a cooking class and learned how to make pasta from scratch! The group for that was so fun and we had a blast.
We also did a bit of shopping...
One of the best places we went to eat was a place called ZaZa. Most of their stuff had truffles in it, so I was already on board.
We made it to Munich smoothly and are currently on our way to a Castle! So very excited!
We promise to give you another update soon!
Cheers for now from Munich!