Day 7 Florence, Italy – Milan, Italy. Stopped by for sightseeing in Pisa 10th August 2008

On the way to Milan we stopped by in Pisa to see the famous leaning tower. Pisa was just a small town with what else the Pisa tower. If you came with the car you could park it just outside the Pisa tower and go there on foot.

Was it really leaning?? Yes it was.

Of course you don’t let chance to be narsis just passed away like that lol.

This is animals in our camping site in Milan. We found many more animals there, rabbit, goat, chicken, duck, turkey. It seems that the owner were fond of them or he wanted to make a zoo. But it was a nice camping site, green and cool under trees. The camping name was Campeggio Citta di Milano. Situated a bit outside of the city center but you could reach the city center easily with the car or public transport (bus then metro)

Our first meal in Milan, ok it didn’t look that appetizing but it was an ok camping food. It was tuna with beans, all from cans. Sort of chili con carne.. NOT. We ate it with instant mashed potato.

Day 6 Florence 9th August 2008

The quiet side of Florence. The city is quite big but not all of places are full with people. Only tourists area were crowded.

That’s Florence Duomo as seen from Piazza Della SS Annunziata. The statue in the back is Grand Duke Ferdinand I…now whoever he was..

And this is the famous David by Michelangelo. This one is the original one and you could find him in Galleria dell’Accademia. My guide book said I should book the ticket in advance to avoid long queue, but I didn’t do that and yes there were queue but was not as bad as the guide said. It was not allowed to take picture inside of the museum but you don’t call someone a paparazzi for nothing. As for me amateur paparazzi. 😛

Not everyday passed by in Italy without Italian Ice Cream. As it was so hot, humid and we had to walk long distance everyday to reach all the touristic area. But beware where you buy yours as prices vary especially in crowded area. Better have a good look around and see the price on the wall if you don’t want to get nasty surprise.

This is Piazza della Segnoria, the centre of Florence. You can find cafes and street musician here. In the back is an open museum, where you could go inside and look for free. Here you can find the fake David statue in front of Palazzo Vecchio.

Italian Findings

I love these…ready made cake and bread. Easy for breakfast on the go. And they had many different variations in Italy.

I bought these in a sort of foo boutique, Peckish. They were pricey I remember. But I couldn’t resist myself.

Automatic machine for pasta. So picture this, you are hungry but you don’t have enough money to eat at the restaurant or enough time. You head to this machine. Put 5 euro in…wait for some minutes….tada tada…hot pasta is ready.

First time I’ve seen olives when they are still raw..of course I try to taste it..blah…it was not nice..a bit bitter…

In the back l to r; A revolutionary invention from ferrero… biscuit with nuttela chocolate spread as dipping and es thee (that’s what they call ice tea), cantuccini or Italian biscotti, Italian spirit we bought as a gift for Peter’s father and of course Italian olive oil. In the front are also something I never seen anywhere else. It’s sort of ice cream, all you have to do is freeze it in the freezer and voila ice cream. Haven’t taste them will follow soon.

Found hundreds kind of pasta and of course couldn’t buy them all!!! Here are some that I bought; Winnie the pooh pasta, Scooby doo pasta, Rice pasta, P***s pasta 😉 also there were really really tiny winy star shape pasta, carburator pasta, wheel pasta and Famous Italian Building’s pasta.

Non food related finding were some magnets of course, some Murano glass work; earrings, pendant and glass candies, a set of necklace and earrings as a gift for Peter’s mother.