Au revoir, France!
we leave Nice for our first Italian stop over:
famous Pisa, Italy!
Map: Nice, France to Pisa, Italy
A few hours on an eastbound train,
a fairly disgusting mayonnaise mushroom sandwich
Sharing a train car and conversation with
some American women from San Francisco, CA.
Soon, a train change is necessary somewhere in northern Italy.
The bustling platform leaves few seats for the weary travelers
and soon we make new acquaintances as we await our connecting train.
A short walk to the restaurant, we are starved!
Seated outside, the ambiance is pleasant, but the staff and service seem sour.
Gnocci, ravioli, calamari, and expensive water leads to a steep bill.
Portions are small and we were glad they mistakenly brought two dishes of gnocci.
After dinner, we decide to venture out into the night
to inspect the Luminaria festival on the Arno river.
(Image Source: Internet)
Upon the river’s banks, mobs of people wander through the darkness
illuminated by thousands of candles.
Frustrated with weaving through crowds and litter for an hour or so,
we made our way back to the Welcome B&B through side roads
to return to our soft beds to nap before our early morning checkout time.