Thursday, June 12, 2014

Honeymoon Day 4: Livorno {Pisa/Florence} Italy

Our stop in Tuscany was one I was really looking forward to. After our shore excursion the day prior we spent a little more money and did Pisa and Florence all day. I am so so glad we chose to stick with the excursions. Both places are a few hours from the port so that would have been a VERY long day if we had to figure out public transportation for both places. This was hands down my favorite part of Italy.

Our first stop was Pisa to see the leaning tower.

Pisa was our first time getting to try cannoli's  :]

Driving all over Tuscany was simply amazing. I could have easily packed up and moved to a villa in a heartbeat.

Florence. Florence is somewhere I think everyone should visit. I would love to vacation there for a few days.. one day...

Miracle Square 

 Hands down the best pizza we have ever had!

When we walked around the corner and saw this church the only thing we were able to get out was, WOW! 

 The detail covering the entire building was.. well there were no words for how amazing it was. 

Yup, second cannoli of the day. No I did not care, I was eating my way through Europe. Florence had all the good food along with the amazing scenery.
 This picture does not do this view justice. When we came around on this clearing it looked like we were staring at a painting.
These next few pictures were taken from the bus, so they aren't the best but I was trying to get shots of how amazing and beautiful the countryside is.

Those in Washington, doesn't this remind you of Skagit County?

 Our first towel animal :]
Until next time Tuscany...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Honeymoon Day 3: Toulon France

Our first stop on our cruise was Toulon France. I loved going to bed in Spain and waking up in France :]

Some of the information I got on Toulon was to not stay in Toulon ha. There isn't much to do. We decided to go with a cheap shore excursion since we weren't sure if they were something we wanted to spend our money on. The tour we ended up booking was a boat tour of the Harbor and a trip to a naval museum.
Another view of our home for two weeks

Waiting for our tour to start
 We did decide pretty quickly that we would much rather spend the money on shore excursions rather than try to figure out public transportation. We already do that enough here in Japan that we just wanted to be able to get on a nice comfy bus and have someone drive us to our destination. Being able to sleep on those buses was an even bigger plus for me!
Our first attempt at a shore excursion was not the best. We should have spent the money (it was a lot!) and gone to St. Tropez. Our tour started out with 20 minutes of incorrect military information. This wasn't on the schedule and a few people actually started complaining. Our guide did tell us she didn't know much about it so the captain was giving her information and then I'm assuming quite a bit was lost in translation. I did find it funny that they pronounced Frigate, Fry-gate. She also was trying to say, all the pretty people go to the pretty beaches. However, it came out, all the pretty people go to the pretty bitches hahaha. Best part of the whole tour.

One cool point was the submarine that took the first pictures of the Titanic

Loved the colors

This was very interesting to us. This is the entrance to the naval base (One of the largest in France and it was tiny!). They are so much more lack on appearance than the US. That girl to the right is in uniform with her long hair down and carrying her purse. We saw a few people outside without covers. That one seemed to be an option since some had them and others didn't.
Lunch time! I got a seafood platter. Not a fan of snails.
I would however go back for these fries! I'm pretty sure we could have gotten a plate of just fries and been happy.

After lunch we started walking around.. a whole lot of nothing to see. We came across this extremely long farmers market that was closing up for the day.

Frank loved taking as many pictures as possible while I was getting ready for an actual picture. I have lots that look like this ha.

Our first of MANY gelato stops. I'm pretty sure we gained 5 pounds just from gelato alone.

We ended up heading back to the boat after a few hours since everything was closing for the afternoon. As Frank says, the best way to man the rails.

My advice for Toulon. If you happen to stop here one day get out of the area and explore other cities.