We woke up. Ate breakfast. Bathed. Packed our bags. Checked school email. Facebook. Gmail. Yadayadayada. And got out of the house. At 12 NOON.
Caught a bus (with a friendlier bus driver) to Piazzale Michelangelo. Almost missed the stop. Cos we all know how good Gershon is at reading maps. Anyway, the view is fantastic from the Piazzale for we had a bird’s eye view of the city of Florence from there. We are so glad we are not on some skanky tour group where they will tell you, “Okie, you have TEN minutes here to take photos” cos we spent like more than an hour photo-whoring there. We listened to the history of Florence through a DIY thingy they set up there. Felt quite learned, well at least for five minutes… Saw a wedding photo session taking place there too.
We ran for the bus and we caught it! We smiled with glee at our agility and speed. Just to realize that it wasn’t going to move for another ten minutes. Wonderful idiots we were. Okie anyway, so the bus got going and Gershon finally knew where to get down! We bought two oranges on the way and happily strolled along, savoring the juicy sweet fruit in the clear crisp weather. And hol-lan. (that’s Hokkien for getting lost). Thanks Gershon. You totally ignored the UNESCO sign which says “Here to the world heritage site”. So much for getting off at the right stop. Okay, so we backtracked 10,000 meters and got to Boboli Gardens and found that it costs 10 euros (that’s SGD 21) to get in! What do they plant inside man??? Money tree ah??
So being cheapo us (and having toured some random park earlier on when we got lost), we walked along the perimeter. Hurhur… Turned out to be a good decision after all, for we found………. FOOD. Not just food, but cheap good food. It’s feeding time!!
We ordered some random spaghetti and some random penne. Turned out to be the best pasta we ate in Italy! We were very satisfied with the food, which cost only 3.8 euros each, very cheap in Italy for a sit down meal. HAPPY!
Then we passed Pitti plaza and then to the Duomo. We headed to the street market where we saw many stalls selling all kinds of merchandise – masks, jewellery, leather stuff, souvenirs, clothes, shoes blah blah blah. Some guy tried to sell Gershon a leather jacket, quoting him 250 euros. Siao! But then again, being Singaporeans, we ain’t gonna leave the market without buying anything. Janice bought a fountain pen and earrings. Gershon bought his jester mask which he eyed for like 30 min, yet made Janice walk up and down and up and down the streets (and got lost in the meantime) before finally making up his mind. Tired.
We wanted to see David (Michelangelo’s finest creation) so we stood in the queue in front of the Galleria Accademia for 40min. But we also wanted to see the leaning tower of Pisa later on at night. Fearing that we may run too late (cos we had to take an hour’s train ride to Pisa) we left the queue and headed for the station. 1 min after we left the queue, they let the whole batch of people in. Great decision making huh?
Thereafter, we decided we were hungry and were sick of looking for good Italian food. Guess what we went for? McDonald’s – I’m loving it, especially when we had two coupons – buy one get one free burger and another for drinks! This was our cheapest meal in Italy! 6.80 euros for two persons. Beat that!