Posted November 3rd, 2013, 03:48 PM
Wow, this trip went by fast!
Sunrise from our balcony
Today we are in Livorno and I hired Joe Banana to do a private tour with 3 other CC couples.
The driver met us at the dock and we were off!
We left in an 8 passenger van and I volunteered to sit front middle seat next to our driver.
The tour buses all stop on a pullout along the highway so people can take pictures. Instead, we stopped at a small roadside stand that sold gas, coffee and pastries. Sounds crazy but they were some wonderful pastries!
Were were the only tourists, it was a few locals, then several of the "army" guys showed up and Francesco (our guide) explained they were the equivalent of our airborne division. Anyway, they also stopped for coffee and pastries and we were a tight fit in the small shop, but everyone was friendly and accommodating. There didn't seem to be any order to the chaos, you just shouted out what you wanted and then told the other lady what you ordered once you wiggled your way to the register. They placed things on the counter and you grabbed what you ordered and tried to find one of the few seats. It was crazy but kinda fun at the same time. Great coffee and pastry.
We drove through back roads to a small village outside of town and stopped to take photos.
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