Monday, March 30, 2015
Traveling by Train To Florence
Our driver spoke some English and I asked him about the street closure that we found yesterday on our walk. He confirmed that yes, they close the street along the Roman Forum every Sunday and make it a safe and fun pedestrian walk for the Romans and the tourists.
Arrived in Florence and walked to the taxi line; within minutes we were in a taxi where we gave the driver the card that I'd prepared with a map and the address of our apartment. He spoke limited English but enough that we could converse. He's only been a taxi driver for a short time and was doing well with his GPS assisting him to find streets. Probably in his fifties and born in Florence. It was a trick for him to find his way through the one way streets around the old center of Florence. Finally we were crossing the Arno River on Ponte Alle Grazie, the bridge just east of Ponte Vecchio. Our street, San Nicolo, is very narrow and one way. Loved the laundry hanging out the window.
Each window has a screen which is unusual in Europe. Lorenzo apologized for them at first and showed us how to raise them when we didn't want them. We were soooo happy. Not really a huge issue right now but the mosquito season is coming and they will be very important for the occupants of this room. We also have a unit for heat and air conditioning. But no microwave. Will actually have to cook all our food.
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