Saturday, February 24, 2018

Honeymoon Part 3: Tuscany

On our 6th day in Italy, Babe booked a day trip for us to the outskirts of Florence, Tuscany, to visit some of the famous tourist spots which are a bit of a hassle if we travel on our own.
The bus departs from the Firenze SMN at 9am so imagine how quick we had to be to make it to the bus that morning!
Thankfully though, the hotel staffs were very accommodating and understanding, and made sure we had enough food before we left for the trip.
The tour we took was The Best of Tuscany Tour and boy, we had a ball!
The host was amazingly friendly and even remembered our names so it felt a little more personalized in that sense. :)

The tour includes:

1. Visit to Siena, with a local tour guide who took us around the area such as the Piazza del Campo where horse races are (still) held at.



San Cristoforo - a Roman Catholic church


Posing in front of the Siena Cathedral


2. Visit to Chianti wineyard to have a traditional Tuscan lunch with a scenic view of San Gimignano. We even got to taste the wine and mingled with other fellow travellers!




3. Visit to San Gimignano, famous for its 360 degree scenic view of medieval town from the hilltop and award-winning gelato!




4. Dropped by the famous Tower of Pisa on our way back to Florence.




Won't leave Pisa without giving it a kiss!

xoxo,

Friday, December 1, 2017

Life Has Been..

....pretty chill lately!

Things are slowing down in the work space, and here I am trying to catch up with all that I once had so much passion for but had to put it aside as life takes its course.

 So many things to update, but first, here's a pic from my recent beach holiday:


Maldives it is!


Till then *abrupt ending*,

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Honeymoon Part 2: Florence

On the 2nd leg of our honeymoon, we made our way to Florence via TrenItalia.
Everything went smooth until the evening when we arrived, it was pouring like mad!
We could have walked to our hotel with our luggage but we decided to take the mini bus instead since it was raining.

Dropped by McCafe for their warm pastries!

Not able to do much on a rainy evening, we decided to take shelter at the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral - no fees to go inside the cathedral!) and to cross off the list of places we wanted to visit in Florence.


Breathtaking artwork on the ceiling!









Our 2nd day in Florence was so much better! Woke up to an amazing weather!
Decided to walk up to the rooftop garden of our hotel and look what they've got!

A beautiful rooftop scenery overlooking the Cathedral and on the far right, there were snow capped mountains!


Next up was to visit the Basilica di Santa Croce. The church is where some of the famous Italians such as Michelangelo and Galileo (I don't know the rest) were buried in.



As we arrived about 9am, we didn't have to queue for the tickets.We paid €8.00 to enter and took our own sweet time to be amazed by the work of art.


From Santa Croce, we made our way to the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio where we continued to be fascinated by the amazing artwork of the famous illustrators and it was just so easy to roam around and get lost in the museum for hours because it's almost never ending!

Ticketing details can be found here.

We bought the Museum + Tower and Battlements for €14.00 each and if you're planning to head to the tower, prepare yourself to climb 416 steps to see this view:

It was no less awesome.

After all the climbing, we headed for lunch before walking to the famous Ponte Vecchio, where almost everyone in Florence was (it was so sunny and crowded!).
The ponte is lined with jewellery shops so make sure to drop by and have a look if you like gold!




View from Ponte Vecchio
With nothing much planned after that, we headed to Boboli Gardens to spend the rest of our evening there while waiting for the sun to set.

Boboli Gardens was huge!! I don't even think we covered all but I believe we did good enough to see what Boboli Gardens had to offer haha.
As we were there quite late in the afternoon, we did not make it to visit the Silver Museum and only managed to walk around the gardens and a quick walk at the Costume Gallery.

Part of the Boboli Gardens.

The next day, we went on a day trip to Tuscany! More on that in my next post!



xoxo,

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