07.05.2015 - 07.05.2015 25 °C
The sun is shining and the birds were chirping at 4:30 this morning. There have been a few issues of not getting a full nights' sleep but most of our travellers have adjusted well to the time changes. Our busy, busy day yesterday helped some to sleep.
Everyone was up bright and early for our last few hours in Rome. After maneveouring 34 pieces of luggage in one elevator we were off for our visit to the Roman Forum and the Colliseum. Our guide patiently told us more about the Roman history. The students should be adequately educated about their European geography before that class starts in September. Her candidness in telling us how lucky it was that "they" lost the war. "Imagine Europe today if Hitler, Mussonlini and Stalin won the war" were her exact words.
A few interesting facts:
- the Coliseum was constructed from 72 AD to 80 AD.
- only 40%of the original building is still standing. Another 20% has been replaced with brick work.
A quick lunch and we were off to Tuscany. The students are experiencing the first real day on the coach, being introduced to the Contiki day song. Our song is The Nights by Avecci! Great message for our intrepid travellers.
Emma entertains us with games, songs and activities to pass the time on the coach. Stops are 'services'. Is most important and today we hit our first one. It is always a unique experience to purchase local items, today the focus on snack food. Some tried the Fonzies (an albino version of Hawkins Cheezies), Grisbi cookies (lemon shortbread filled with lemon creme), and Haribo candies. I am most excited to try the Ferrero Pocket Coffee, espresso filled chocolates, for those needing a caffeine fix!
We even had the opportunity to celebrate Katelyn's birthday with a hand crafted birthday card courtesy of our tour manager, Emma.
San Gimignano is one of the many medieval towns in Tuscany. In the prime of the city it boasted over 70 towers, unfortunately today only about 10-14 remain. It was aquatint little town to explore, climbing high up the winding roads for that perfect Tuscany photo.
From there we headed to our next two night stop, Florence. Yes, it is the land of the Renaissance.
The artwork and sculptures are a feast for the eyes. We arrived in the early evening, viewed an outstanding sunset and headed off for dinner. Our group dined in the oldest trattoria in Florence, in business since 1865? We could have had the Florentine steak, a local specialty, but opted for more pasta options. Paperdelle and wild boar was my choice and probably topped off with the best tiramisu I have ever tasted!
More adventures have happened today. I am a day behind in posting! They are keeping us busy. I will write on the bus tomorrow enroute to Cinque Terre with today's fun and with good Wifi have another post to you shortly.
Ciao! And Go Flames Go!!!!!!