Traveling through mountains
Trip Start Jun 24, 2011
17Trip End Jul 04, 2011
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Later the farmlands gave way to hills and occasional homes set out in valleys. The freeway went straight through the hills - I mean straight through. Many tunnels, that must have been carved right through hills instead of roads winding around them like at home.
We took one stop for bathrooms and snacks at the Italian form of a truck stop. The kids went straight for the little containers of cookie sticks with Nutella for dipping.
Finally we arrived at the hotel, The Tuscany Inn. We dropped our bags and instruments in the locked storage and went into town to explore and find lunch
Students reported for rehearsal from 3 to 5, had a short break to dress in concert wear and off to the performance site.
The group performed in the little town square at a venue that seems to offer music on a regular basis. Locals stopped by to listen and have their wine or before dinner snacks. The concert went very well. A wonderful older couple from Rome was fascinated and asked me many questions about our group and trip.
Afterwards we enjoyed a buffet dinner followed by a dessert that wasn't the Italian form of Flan (the dessert we've had every night so far.) Ice Cream! It was really good!
Back to the hotel the kids had about an hour before curfew and seemed to spend it chatting in the room corridors since they are not allowed in each others rooms. They are great rule followers even if they are not quiet :) All of a sudden at 10:30 it became very quiet. Curfew and room check was happening.
Next day is our free day with possiblities of walking and taking the funicolare to Montecatini Alto and an optional excursion to Pisa!