Sunday, September 20, 2009


We had several visitors the past few weeks. First was Ben's friend Marc and his newly-wedded wife Kristine. After driving down to Florence from Germany, they toured Florence one day, then we all went together to San Gimignano and Pisa the next day. This way, they were able to cover four out of five goals of their trip: Seeing Michelangelo's David, eating real Italian pizza, seeing the leaning tower of Pisa and taking the standard tourist shots, and eating a bistecca alla fiorentina. The Colosseum in Rome will have to wait for another trip.
Next was another of Ben's friends, Martin, and his girlfriend Eva. The evening they arrived, we went to Piazzale Michelangelo to wait for the sunset. It was bridal rush hour -- we saw three brides take pictures in the hour we were there. Martin and Eva then toured Florence the next day before leaving for San Gimignano and Volterra.
The following weekend Kristen's parents visited. Since they had already seen Florence, Sienna, Pisa, and San Gimignano, we took them on a day trip to Bologna. Then Kristen went with them to Venice for a day. They stayed another day there, then went to Rome.


Kristen said...

Ben and I each wrote parts of this post, even though it says it was posted by me.

linda said...

It was wonderful having Kristen as our translator in Venezia! Also great to have her at the bank in Florence with us. All we wanted to do was change some large-denomination Euro bills. But the surly bank teller made us feel as if he was making a Heruclean effort! We witnessed firsthand the basis of Kristen's comments about the concept of customer service being alien to Italians!