Sean had the day off from work as it was an Air Force family day so we decided to go to Florence. We were not sure if we were going to stay the night but ended up coming home to save money and we did not know where to stay. There is a thing on base that will set up a hotel for you in a city that is good and clean but we forgot to ask them to set that up two days in advance. Anyway we left and were able to borrow one of our friend's GPS systems which works great and we found it about 3 hours after taking leaving. We were able to see a lot of Florence but by the time we found the museum with the David it had just closed...bummer. We will definitely be going back there though as some of you visit I'm sure and now we know where they hide the museum. It actually is very difficult to find and many people walk by it without knowing it. We were able to stop at a rest stop on the way and got some good old ice cream and it was strangely nice to know that they have the same kind of highway junk food rest stops. (Sean would like to point out that it seemed healthier at this stop though)
We were able to witness but did not take pictures of one nun attempting to direct a vehicle full of nuns out of this crazy tight area and they were very nervous. I'm not sure they knew how to drive very well but they made it out and I was impressed. The driving was crazy but Sean had fun driving through the streets as Laura held her breath or shouted out directs from the GPS. Luckly Sean is good at getting through tight places and changing directions when we realize we are driving down the wrong way of a one way. The car did not get a scratch as the Lord continues to look over us!
Then on the way home we were about 45 minutes from home when we were stuck on the autostrada (highway) and finally made it 25 km in four and a half hours. Sean and Laura both fell asleep at different times and Laura needed to finally brave the traffic. The stop and go traffic was a challenge for my new stick shift driving experience but the stops from anywhere from 20 minutes to 40 minutes helped me not jerk the car. It was 2:30 in the morning when we pulled into our town. The Carabinieri (the cops) were pulling people over for alcohol checks. So we were about 5 minutes from home and I got pulled over by them flashing their lollipop. But no need for them to shoot at our car as they do if you don't stop but they were pretty much pulling people over to check to see if they were drinking. Since I had not been they sent me home and we were finally able to crash.
So today we relax!