The truth of the matter is we have never been a family that tried to do it all in one day, see every museum or learn everything that is written under every exhibit. Travel is all about discovery for us. The most wonderful things happen when you are not expecting it.
My son and daughter-in-law led the parade of Torris's on a path with the goal always just a five minute walk away...I know because I asked a lot! We walked across the Arno bridge with the beautiful jewelry shops to a restaurant set in a small plaza. We walked back stopping for gelato next to the bridge. The walk back to our apartment led us through the Piazza Duomo (cathedral named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore) streets we did not know,lost just a little and eventually to the Mercato Centrale. Our apartment looked out onto the outdoor market and building. Over 12,000 steps I am told...NO TAXIS INVOLVED. Never let it be said I am not durable. That is a long way to limp.
|Ponte Vecchio, Florence|
|The Rhine, Frankfurt|
We flew to Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday and spent the night in a hotel room a few blocks from the Rhine. The beautiful city and river park made us homesick for Portland. We all remarked on the almost spooky response.
|Son's home in Dubai|
We are in Dubai today getting ready to travel to a beach. More pictures tomorrow.