Before getting here, we experienced two different classes of air travel. First there was the kind we are accustomed to, sardine-like accommodations and enough discomfort to open for any stand-up comedian. For the trip across the Atlantic, though, we were put on a plane seemingly designed for human beings. I might have even caught an hour or two of sleep, which I'm pretty sure nobody has ever done on a sardine-class plane.
Italy, day 1.
I actually didn't take any pictures. But I'll describe our brief time in Rome:
- waiting for trains
- wondering why "Florence" doesn't show up anywhere in the English UI when trying to purchase a train ticket to Florence
- train interiors
- train tracks, garbage, grafiti
- from distant to close: grafiti, garbage, train tracks
Italy, day 2
First things first. A very nice breakfast is provided here, so we had some food before heading out.
I had to savor the cheese both visually and ... eatingly. As with everything else, it was very tasty.
We didn't go very far on our little self-guided tour; our primary mission was to find an ATM so that we could have some euros with which we could buy, among other things, some actual tours and excursions, including visits to some of the museums we saw but didn't yet enter.
Not the real "David", though it isn't far from here...
Lots of impressive statues of lots of impressive people.
We trekked down to the Arno river and back, crossing a couple of very cool bridges.
There's a learning curve to wandering the streets around here but we're picking up on it. Placed in a car here, I'd give the average Utah driver 15, maybe 20 seconds before killing somebody and/or wrecking something very expensive. Thankfully, the people who do drive here are much smarter. Everything's very close-quarters, though. Our camera's wide-angle lens has been very handy so far.
We passed this gigantic and old church (which is right next to a smaller, even older church) on our way out and on the way back. So we saw it both having little to no bearings and having a pretty good sense of direction.
We've got plenty more pictures and will continue to accumulate them I'm sure, and I think they deserve a dedicated album with proper annotations. I'll have to get on that once we get back. But for now I hope these were enjoyable; it's certainly enjoyable being here. :^)
Update: Italy, day 2 (continued)
Just a couple quick pictures from heading out to dinner. First, the cool stairway we take if laziness doesn't prompt us to use the elevator.
And finally, myself enjoying an Italian beer. :^)