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May 28, 2009 - Thursday, Livorno

Thursday in Livorno. Livorno is a beautiful little city on the coast of Italy. From there you can take a train or bus to Florence but it Is over an hour train ride and longer by bus. Being somewhat tired from almost seeing the Pope and fighting those Gladiators the day before, Ellen and I decided to just hang in Livorno. It was a beautiful day with a high of about 75 degrees. The town was very pretty with a huge outdoor farmers market and a huge outdoor retail market. The retail market had all kinds of clothes, shoes, sunglasses etc and...

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Nov 23, 2008 - Livorno, Florence, Pisa

Livorno, Florence, and Pisa November 23, 2008 We were up at 5:00 and off the ship at 7:15 on our way to Florence. It was a 1.5 hr drive through the Tuscan countryside. The buses cannot go down the very narrow streets of old Florence so this was a walking tour. We walked for hours marveling at the beautiful architecture and statues. We visited the Cathedral Duomo with its famous dome, the statue square where David used to stand, the Basilica where Michelangelo is buried, the old bridge, the pig market, and much, much more. Lunch was served...

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Nov 4, 2008 - Livorno - End Cruise

Hello folks Woke up back in Italy at port of Lovornio and weather not so good. We decided to do our own trip onshore today and so we walked off the ship and go a shuttle to outside the port. Got a bus to town centre and train to Pisa. By this stage it was pouring and we were wet. Off the train and bus to the TOWER. Walked about in the rain and everywhere is marble so slippery as hell.Went inside the catheral to dry off abit and that was amazing and some dead guy in a tomb. Anna went YUCK but Pete and I have yet to find out who he is. His...

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Sep 23, 2008 - Pisa & Florence, Italy (Livorno)

Our port today was Livorno, Italy. We met our driver John dockside for a day trip to Pisa and Florence through the beautiful region of Tuscany. Our first stop was the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, the picturesque square containing Pisa's cathedral, baptistery, and it's campanile (bell tower) - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. While we've all seen pictures of the tower, we were stunned by the beauty of the square and its buildings. As we left Pisa for Florence, we made a brief stop for some scenic shots of the Arno river and then another stop for...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Day two in Florence

We continued exploring Florence yesterday. I drove Darlene crazy with the camera because wherever I looked was a great picture. Florence was an amazing city. We were struck by the beauty of the medieval buildings, the narrow streets, the piazza, the statues sprinkled everywhere. It seemed like every two blocks we saw another piazza dedicated to a saint, a renaissance artist or a rich art patron. There are many churches that contain artistic treasures. These are crowded with tourists. However, there are many other centuries-old churches...

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Oct 4, 2007 - Livorno, Italy

FLORENCE, Italy Getting to this city meant experiencing every kind of Italian transportation. We docked in about the ugliest port you can imagine; a dock for cargo ships. It took a long shuttle to get us out of there and into the town of Livorno. From there we had to find a cab or city bus to the train station. This is all pretty tough when you don't speak the language and have no idea where to find anything. And you're without Tara. We found a taxi van that would take us the 2 miles for 10 Euro ($14). No kidding, that ride was like...

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Paula & David at Sea

Aug 6, 2007 - july 22, 2007

Forgive me father for I have sinned - apparently. Due to the workload of two boats I have been a little snowed under and then drowned completely by the after effects of the sun shining and melting the snow mountain, but loving every minute of it. I will start at the stopping point. And this is from a memory, so don't quote me and allow me literary licence once again. I headed down the freeway - Via Reggio bound once again to catch up with Maree and Todd for Saturday evening and then possibly a scuba dive in the Mediterranean. (Todd had...

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Jul 12, 2007 - Livorno

Today we docked in Livorno, Italy. Livorno is in Tuscany and is a busy commercial and industrial center. This port was built to decrease the ship traffic in Pisa. There wasn't much of a view as docked - all we could see was commercial equipment. We boarded a bus and were taken to Lucca. Lucca is a walled city which has very narrow streets that are packed with bicycles, cars, and people. It is crazy trying to walk while avoiding being hit by something with wheels. The original wall was built in 1799 was ruled by the sister of Napleon. 7000...

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Jun 10, 2007 - Day 10 - Treasures of Tuscany

We arrive in the port of Livorno and depart for an hours drive to Fantastic scenery. Very picturesque. The bus wound it way through kilometers of narrow roads. We are reminded of the hills around Nannup except here we have Pencil Pines, Poplars, Cypress trees, old farm houses and fortifications. Maybe we don't appreciate what we have in our own state. Didn't see any mushroom eating Hippies in Tuscany though. The first stop is a medieval village called San Gimignano. We see ancient roman ruins, learn the Etruscans are the true natives of...

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May 9, 2007 - Pisa - the Tower really does lean!

We took the train from Cinque Terra and headed to Florence. We had to change trains in Pisa so we ditched our luggage at the train station and walked to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The square with the Tower in it also had a large duomo (cathedral), along with large numbers of tourist buses discharging large numbers of tourists. They all immediately performed all sorts of contortions in front of their companion's cameras trying to get a photo that made them look like they were holding up the tower. Dale and Kevin gave it a try but it turned...

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Jul 19, 2006 - Italy- Cinque Terre

Italy, Italy, Italy....I made it at last! So I took a pretty lengthy train from the French Riviera into Italy by myself. It was an old train and went pretty slow, but the costal scenary was great! Throughout the entire ride, it was fun to rest your arms on the open window and look out. I thought I was the only one doing it until we rounded a large curve and I noticed, while looking back, that half the train was doing the same thing. We were like a bunch of giddy, little kids riding the Polar Express. In Genova, I had to switch trains to...

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May 29, 2006 - Arrival and Tuscany

Trip started May 26 from San Diego to Newark where I had dinner with my brother, David. Flew to Rome that night, thunderstorms lifting the plane off the runway, then above, into the dark night sky filled with stars. Somewhere over the North Atlantic, between Labrador and England, the sun started to rise. The sky turned from black to ultraviolet, with a brilliant red streak at the horizon. As the sky lightened to blue, we flew over Southern France, then the snow covered Alps. Then immediately over Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo, an...

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