Tuesday, June 14, 2011

From Rome to Florence

From Rome to Florence

breakfast at Mac..... no hotcakes nor muffins.... italian style.... raspberry cheesecake and croissants... totalling 6 euro....one of the cheapest breakfast we have thus far... =)




our train ticket.... from roma termini station in Rome to Florence, which is known as Firenze in italian.... top right hand corner indicate the number of adult the ticket is valid for... total price 34.50 euro for both of us on this regional train....






boarding the train at platform 1... the train was already at the platform 30 minutes before it is due to depart... =).... lucky we arrived earlier so we got to choose our seats







our backpack on the overhead compartment...red for me, blue for him...not a fair comparison....cos mine was placed vertically in while his is in a horizontal position.... =P






The seat....not too bad for a 3rd grade train.... still got the 2 pointy head rests to support the head when the traveller sleeps.....so considerate... =)






honeymooners onboard... =)







pretty vandalism along the ride










After close to 4 hours....we finally reached Florence, Santa Maria Novella Station





Our Bed & Breakfast - Hotel Aurora - is just across the street from the right exit... =)



interesting lightings in the lobby - looks like Medusa's head.... hahaha...





our room sweet room.... no. 306 on level 3





very sweet looking cupboard





view from the window




view from the bed.... love it to the max.... was just lying on the bed and starring at the clouds while Mr Ang did his daily exercises



This B & B cost us 386 euro for 5 nights... one of the few Florence B & B that provides attached toilets... =).... they provide free wifi too... but network was down for the first few days as they were doing some renovation.... breakfast included too... buffet style but limited variety... coffee, tea, milk, water, croissants, cereal, ham, cheese, yoghurt...that's about all they provided... but is better than nothing... one less meal to worry about... hahahaha.... recep staff speaks good english too.. =)





went to roam around and realised that Florence is indeed very very small.... chanced upon the two attractions which i had planned to visit 2 days later....



the famous white, green and pink duomo




and Ponte Vecchio, which is the oldest surviving bridge in Florence and now lined with jewellery shops...






In the middle of the bridge is a gap between the shops which provides a great view of the river and the buildings on the opposite banks







Near this gap is also a statue of Benvenuto Cellini surrounded by railings... and on the railings,






is this sign






But basically not everyone is paying attention to the notice lo... look at the number of locks that are fastened all over....hahahahaha......







find this one very creative... =)




googled about it and found out the meaning of the locks... It is popularly connected to idea of love and lovers: by locking the padlock and throwing the key into the river, the lovers are said to become eternally bonded.







looks yummilious right???? 2 crispy wafers with a scoop of chocolate mint gelato in between......


Guess how much it is......


It's a whooping 10 euro...which equate to S$18....faint..... look at Mr Ang's shocked and heartache expression





this is the 奸商....din expect it to be so expensive as we saw a crowd of people purchasing .... think the living standard in italy is really high bah....





Other interesting things we saw on our walk about...



2 seaters mini cars getting charged....so cute hor???













the vandalised "No Entry" sign we saw in rome too








the supermarket is our best friend in europe...we make it a point to visit it everyday... plastic bag cost 8 to 12 euro cents each... so make sure you have a bag for your shopping if you intend to save a little money here....


a 1.5 litre of drinking water was 1.20 euro in the provision shop in rome .... here in florence, it only cost 35 euro cents... =)..... happiness..... and we have decided to lug at least 4 bottles to venice.... hahahaha.....

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