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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Photo Blog: Arrival in Florence, Italy

We have made it to Florence, Italy. From door-to-door it took about 24 hours total to make it to our family's residence just outside of Florence -- in the hills around San Martino. A little tired from our journey, it was great for me to meet the our Italian family and for Ashley to see everyone again.

After a little rest, we had a great afternoon and evening of catching up with everyone. Able to stay up until late in the evening, hopefully this means we will avoid much of the jet lag. Tomorrow we will either relax around the house and enjoy the countryside or possibly head into the city.

Here are a few photos from the long day.

The Boeing 777 jet that will take us from the Washington / Dulles Airport to Rome.The Boeing 777 jet that will take us from the Washington / Dulles Airport to Rome.

A groggy arrival in Rome, 40 minutes ahead of schedule.  Mark that down as unusual.A groggy arrival in Rome, 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Mark that down as unusual.

The Leonardo Express Train that takes you the main Rome train station (Roma Termini) from the Rome in just 25 minutes for 11 euros each.The Leonardo Express Train that takes you the main Rome train station (Roma Termini) from the Rome in just 25 minutes for 11 euros each.

Cruising on the Eurostar train through the country side.  As I remembered -- many vineyards of grapes and orchards of olive trees.  But, what was unexpected was miles of fields of sunflower plants.  I had not realized how extensive the fields are -- beautiful.Cruising on the Eurostar train through the country side. As I remembered -- many vineyards of grapes and orchards of olive trees. But, what was unexpected was miles of fields of sunflower plants. I had not realized how extensive the fields are -- beautiful.


The Florence (Firenze) train station just after our arrival to our final destination.The Florence (Firenze) train station just after our arrival to our final destination.


We'll be staying in the lower house where Luigi's brother Filipo lives.  Ashely remembers this as a garage from he last visit that has been beautifully converted.We'll be staying in the lower house where Luigi's brother Filippo lives. Ashely remembers this as a garage from her last visit that has been beautifully converted.


The scenic view from the front of the house of the rolling hills outside of Florence.The scenic view from the front of the house of the rolling hills outside of Florence.


Ashley and I relaxing with Giulio as he takes a break from a backgammon game.Ashley and I relaxing with Gulio as he takes a break from a backgammon game.


Gulio and his cousin Clemente give the dog Guilio and his cousin Clemente give the dog "Turbo" a bath in the yard.


Julio & Clemente continue their Backgammon duel.Guilio & Clemente continue their Backgammon duel.


A beautiful sunset over the hills makes a wonderful end to the day of travel.A beautiful sunset over the hills makes a wonderful end to the day of travel.

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