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Viva Italia!

Writing you from Roma!

sunny 34 °C

Bonjourno!

I have lots of catching up to do!

I guess I last left off on my way to Monaco. Well, that was outstanding! One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life. Our tour manager and driver bought us wine and we drank a glass outside the front of the palace overlooking the bay with the gorgeous, huge cruise liners and yachts. Breathtaking.

Then we headed up to the casino in Monte Carlo. I thought it would be really busy inside, but it was rather quiet. I decided to spend 5 euro on the slots - the really cool ones with the handle to pull. I didn't do too badly, because when I cashed out, the ticket said 13.70! The coolest part was standing in front of the casino watching the 'richies' drive up in their flashy cars and the little valet guys would run about and treat them like gods.

The next day we headed off to ITALY! Before we left we went to a French Perfumery for a tour. It was quite neat. I bought myself some perfume - I'm sure you're all excited that I will smell better upon my return to Canada! LOL It was a long day of driving, but we did get to stop again in Pisa. I took the picture that Jenna and I had pre-planned and can't wait to show you all.

Next it was off to Florence. We got to our campground and got changed for dinner which was onsite. Then we headed into a karaoke bar called "The Red Garter". This bar served cocktails by the pitcher. Needless to say, it was a fun night! The next morning the coach took us into town where we went to a leather shop for a demonstration. The shop also sold jewerly. I bought myself some treasures here - and a little something for Jenna too.

After the leather shop, we met a guide for a walking tour of Florence. This guide was awesome at his job. We saw the statue of David and some other cool sites. I really found this one bridge quite fascinating. It had shops built on it, and out of the seven in Florence it was the ONLY one NOT to be destroyed by the Nazis!

This was quite a long day as we went back to camp and got changed then went back into town for a Tuscan dinner. It was YUMMMY! It began with antipasto, then three different types of pasta. For the main, was polenta, chicken in a mushroom sauce and salad. Dessert was a chocolate mouse cake. After dinner we walked to a club called "Space Electronic". It was a cool place, but we had an earlier night.

The next morning we headed to Rome. To our surprise, when we got there we had a walking tour of the Forum and Colosseum. WOW! Then I layed in the grass and stared up at the view for about 45 minutes before we met up with our tour manager who took us to a bunch of other sites.

The Pantheon was quite neat and I really loved the Trevi Fountain. Bet you didn't know they take 18 000 euro a MONTH out of that fountain - it was hot out, and I tell you, I had more than a thought our two about jumping in and grabbing myself a few hundred euro! LOL

Today was amazing - I went to the Vatican!!!! Soooo cool. I'm still feeling kind of overwhelmed about that one. I bought myself some rosaries and got yelled at in the Sistine Chapel for trying to take pictures! Tee hee It was just awesome. The awesomeness continued afterwards with the best pizza I've ever had in my life. At this shop you order the slices you want, then they weigh them and you pay by the weight. I might be ruined of Canadian pizza forever.

Tomorrow we're off to Venice. Getting excited about the gondola ride. Okay, I think I'm about to run out of time on the computer.

Love you all,
Ash

Posted by AshS 09:23 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites

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Ashley, Ashley, Ashley,
Please bring me back a slice of that pizza - and - the guy who is stearing your gondola tomorrow- both will be delicious I'm sure......xoxoxo

by ddowney

Hi Ash,
Just catching up on your travels and I am so glad you are having a great time. We could use some bottles of wine when you come back into the school, by the way. :+) Looking forward to seeing pictures. Take care of yourself and enjoy and have fun!

Andy

by afinoro

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