Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tomm and Danise in Italy: Monday December 29 part 2

To take advantage of those moderate temps, we hop on one of those open-top CitySightSeeing buses. Aside from the small city, the bus also goes thru the ancient town of Fiesole and into the hills overlooking Firenze. Unfortunately, it's biting cold up there -- especially atop an open-top bus.

2 hours later we are back on foot and starving. At Osteria dell'Agnolo we find some wonderful pasta with smoked salmon and, surprisingly, German beer: Warsteiner. They serve it by the litre for €7, so of course I have to have one. Nice mug.

Once again we misread the opening times of the Palazzo Vechio and arrive too late. Guess the copy of Michelangelo's David will have to wait til next time.

After some nightime photography we head back to the room to rest up, then head out again for a walk at 10 pm. The temps are still mild and most of the tourists are gone for the night so it is very pleasant.

We stumble upon an Irish pub, the Michael Collins, where a young crowd of locals and Brit tourists has gathered. The Guinness is surprisingly good with a long-lasting head and great lacing.

Unfortunately, the Bulldog Strong Ale and an unheard-of-by-me Harp Strong are out. By no matter as we must get to bed; a big day of travel tomorrow as we are meeting Lorenzo way up in Fossano to visit the great Casa Baladin in Piozzo.

Stay tuned...

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