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A little piece of Pisa

Hello everybody,

As promised I’ll be giving you the low-down on our trip to Italy last week. The first stop of our tour was Pisa !

It really does lean A LOT.

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You are still able to climb the tower (for a dear price of 18euro if you like spending money on being inside dangerous buildings).

Just as famous as the tower, if not more so, are the people surrounding it. I took hundreds of photographs of people doing that pose.

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These are but a few of the people. And I have to say, we were one of those people.

Countless shots were taken .

”Stand up. No. Sit down. Wait. Put your hand out. No. Left. Kind-of. Not really. OK DON’T MOVE”.

What starts as an appreciation for a historic piece of architecture and design, turns into a mad scramble for a piece of lawn, competing with the stranger next to you to get a perfect shot of you catching a falling building.

Don’t get me wrong , it’s hilarious and fun.

After some time, all the buildings start to look a little crooked.

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Pisa was about 1 hrs drive from where we were staying and is definitely worth a quick visit if you are in the area. There is also a little market nearby where you can drown in fridge magnets.

Happy travelling!

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Back to reality.

Hello everybody,

I thought I’d better post something on here before you all leave. What’s been happening?

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We booked a last minute trip to Italy !

Above are 4 of 4394 photos ( there were 9 of us, all with cameras ).

I don’t think one blog post will do Italy justice, so I will space them out and write a separate one for each of the places we visited. In short, it was beautiful.

Each place we saw had hundreds if not thousands of years of history. Our villa alone was built in the 1600’s , located on the outskirts of the small town of Vinci. We divided our 5 days up to see a new town or area each day and managed to see Pisa, San Miniato, San Gimignano, Siena, Florence and Livorno. Some key things we learnt :

– Eating is important , even to restaurant owners who will on occasion close their own restaurant to have lunch.

– Public holidays are important . Important enough for everything to shut down while they last. Plan your groceries carefully.

– Choose ‘coffee time’ wisely. Many places will not let you sit down for coffee at lunchtime unless you are also planning to eat there.

– Hire a car.  Be a good driver. Driving in Italy is an art in itself.

– Have good walking shoes. Getting around the bigger and smaller towns can and should be done on foot, or if you have a death wish ,you can hire a scooter.

Until next time, I’m off to sulk at being back to work tomorrow!

 

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A breakfast meeting and a little piece of Birmingham

Hello everybody,

It’s been a great and busy week , made even better at seeing all of you logging in and reading these posts. A blog which initially started off with a small number of family and friends as an audience, is now attracting readers from Lithuania (who are you? If you’re reading this from Lithuania and thinking it can’t possibly be you, it really is because I’m only seeing 1 viewer from there), Australia, Poland, Finland and many more wonderful places !

Here , have some flowers as a thank you:

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What many of you non-Londoners won’t know is just how long it takes to get from place to place over here. It takes me 1 hr to get in to work by train, or 20 minutes by car (without any delays), and this is good. Many will travel between 1 to 2 hours each way, every day.

Morning meetings are therefore something I dread, because it inevitably means getting up earlier than usual to make sure that I get to work on time.

A contributing factor to my hate of morning meetings is that I am not a morning person. I don’t like mornings . Ever.

Here I am ... to the extreme right.
Here I am … to the extreme right.

 

I stupidly agreed to do a morning meeting this week because they called it a Breakfast Meeting. I thought there would be food, but it turns out the word ‘Breakfast’ was just used to signify the time of day ( i.e. bloody early ).

Mornings aside , travelling to and from London is not so bad and it is so easy to get on a bus or train and be anywhere you want (within reason obviously). This past weekend I took a little trip to Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK. Here are the some of the sites to see:

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Museum and Art Gallery
Museum and Art Gallery

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The newly refurbished and weirdly designed Library
The newly refurbished and weirdly designed Library
Refreshments at the Pitcher and Piano pub
Refreshments at the Pitcher and Piano pub

Worth a visit if you’re keen on seeing another big city and it is between £12-£20 return from London if you pick your times right!

In other news, we are making our way to Florence, Italy in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait to tell you all about it.

Have a great week people far and wide 🙂