Florence Italy

On September 13th, 2017 we took the fast train from Rome to Florence. Traveling by train from Rome to Florence is quick, easy and affordable and takes about 1 1/2 hours. We took a taxi to our Airbnb and went to explore Florence. We are staying near the Piazza di Santa Croce where we saw the Basilica di Santa Croce, the principal Franciscan church in Florence and the largest Franciscan church in the world, completed in 1385. We walked to the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge to wander through the shops and have dinner. The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval stone closed-arch bridge over the Arno River, noted for having shops built along it. Butchers initially occupied the shops, now the present tenants are mostly jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. Continue reading

Trip to Florence and Yachats

While our RV is still being serviced we decided to drive out to the coast to visit Florence and Yachats. We drove into the Sand Dunes Frontier, the dunes lie along the coast, with the estuariies of three major river valleys connected by two long stretches of sand, about 40 miles of dunescape. We drove in as far as we could go, then climbed up the dunes to view the beaches. After leaving the Dunes we drove north to Yachats where we had lunch at the Green Salmon Coffee Shop, it caters to the new age and millennials, so we fit right in!!!!! We had been here before on our first trip north in the RV in 2014, and wanted to return again it was so good, especially with vegan options! Bob enjoyed their mocha, known as the best mocha on the Oregon coast. Then it was a long drive back to Junction City to pick up the RV. Continue reading