Dolce fa niente

Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
Trip End Jan 01, 2014

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The title means "the sweetness of doing nothing" and is exactly what I am looking forward to doing in the heat of Thailand starting next week.

As it was, we were up to an indecent hour in the Idea Hotel to go and catch a train to Tuscany to meet up with one of Shelley's best friends from the cruise ship, Kerry.  The train departed from Central Station at 8:10 and it took five hours to reach Livorno, from where we were being collected by Kerry, Giovanni and their beautiful daughter Tara-Marie.  For most of the journey, we hugged the stunning west coast of Italy, reaching the northern part of Tuscany after a few hours.  The combined sights of colourful old buildings of the many small towns we passed through, green hills towering inland and the sea out of the train window were enough to restore all faith in the beauty of Italy after the slight disappointment of Milan.

From Livorno station, it was an hour's drive to the pretty coastal town of Piombino (which very nearly means something pretty fruity in Italian), during which we were continually entertained by Giovanni, who is a cruise ship captain for Costa and very close friends with Costa's now infamous Captain Schettini.  As a result, we were given some priviliged, as yet unpublished, information about the crash and the now beleagured captain Schettini which would probably be very well received by certain newspapers...

The afternoon flew by and it was a shame that - in typical style - the planning stage of the trip had been sketchy meaning that we had to love and leave the trio at 7pm, catching a high speed train back to Milan via Florence (another sensational Italian city).  By the time we arrived back at the Idea Hotel, we were absolutely spent by what had been another whistle stop, but fantastic, tour of Europe...
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