Friday, November 14, 2008


I continue to be amazed by the beauty of these old cities.  Walking around Florence (Firenze) is like a history lesson.  After taking a night train from Vienna, we arrived in Florence at 6:30 in the morning. We had reserved a hotel room near the train station and went directly to the hotel after getting off the train.  Unfortunately, we were unable to check in early (I would have been really shocked if we were able to check in at 7 a.m.) Even though we couldn't check in,  the hotel staff let us store our big suitcases in a room off the lobby.   After nine days on the road, we had one administrative task to complete in Florence--Laundry.  Luckily, an american who has lived in Florence for the last 10 years, opened a laundramat near the train stain.  Sixty minutes later, we had washed, dried and folded our laundry.  Now we were ready to start exploring the new city.

The view from the top of the top of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore--The Duomo.  The view was worth the dizzying climb

Hung climbs and climbs


Carol said...

Oh my goodness, the view of the buildings and the city are breathtaking! Sort of soulful, huh? Loving catching up on your travels. Be safe. :)

Amie & Hung Bui said...

Hey Kit! We bought a little something for you in Venice today. Can't wait to see you at Christmas and your birthday.

clairse said...

Hey Buis... It seems like ya'll are having fun. I love Florence, it is a beautiful city!... I stumbled upon you blog one day and August and I have been catching up with ya'll (which is hard, b/c ya'll have been on the go!!) I know you are having fun. Please let us know when you are back in town so we can catch up!! Be safe!! Whitney ( I noticed my username says Clairse... who knows!! HAHA!!)

Pam Little said...

You guys are amazing! Traveling all over Europe must be an experience of a lifetime. Alec tells me he was in Florence as a student and remembers the beauty of it. We're enjoying your blogs! Keep 'em coming!
Love.. Pam & Alec

Renee A said...

I can't wait to see ALL your photos of this adventure! Take care.

Wally and Darcy said...

Amie and Hung,
It is fun reading your blog...We are now in AZ and enjoying the warmer weather....Keep having fun..

Wally and Darcy Campbell
(the bus people from Maine)

Meg said...

Hey guys! I love the top picture! ;-) I am so happy that you guys are loving Italy. I wish we could have met up in Milan. It would have been fun to see the last supper together. I hope you are able to get there and La Scala too. Hung, Lugano in Switzerland is great for your kind of games. hugs, meg