Journey to Viareggio

Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Friday, March 28, 2008

We checked out of the hotel, with only our carryon bags and walked to the train station. We took the train from Roma Termini to Viareggio, although we had to change trains in Pisa. It took about four hours from Rome to Viareggio.

We took a taxi to our hotel, Hotel Plaza E De Russie (the locals call it The Plaza). We got checked in and had a nice room. I thought opening the window and shutters was really cool. Then we were off for some speed shopping. Although we stopped at a place called Crepes & Cafe for a quick bite first.

Since our checked bags were still somewhere in the unknown, we had to go buy some clothes for our upcoming conference dinner. We had about two hours to find a business suit, shoes, shirts, belt, etc. for DH and a dress, shoes, nylons for me. It didn't help that all the sizing was different. I had to try on different sizes just to see what my European size was. I was starting to panic, though, because everything seemed too small. I was relieved when DH said the same thing! But we succeeded in our quest and were at least presentable for dinner. We also had to buy some toiletries, and thankfully there was a Upim nearby. All of our shopping took place along the Promenade.

After getting dressed in our new Italian clothes, we headed downstairs for the conference cocktail hour. Then we went to the top floor where the restaurant was for dinner. Dinner started with some delicious bacon-wrapped shrimp, then for the second course we had stracci (like miniature lasagne noodles) with octopus. For the entree we had this heinous fish...I couldn't eat it. It was the fishiest fish I'd ever tasted. Blech! For dessert we were served semifreddo with zabaione, and it was scrumptious and very light. Then we ended with espresso (decafinato of course).

Then we were surprised to learn that everyone was going night clubbing. Night clubbing? What's that? Haven't done that in years. We all went to Twiga Beach Club a ways down the Promenade in Pietrasanta. It was a pretty cool place, and I guess it's owned by Naomi Campbell. [shrug] The music the dj was playing was great--oldish American dance tunes. We got back to our room at 2 am. Yikes!
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