Today was our first European travel day. We got up early to finish packing, shower, and have some breakfast. We knew it would take us about 35 minutes to get to the train station via vaporetto, so we allowed plenty of time. (If you miss your train, you’re out of luck. They don’t just let you take the next one.)

The train ride was really nice, much better than flying. We had leg room, plenty of storage space for our bags, and a very comfortable trip. It took us about 90 minutes to get from Venice to Florence.

Once we arrived, we took a cab to our hotel. (It was about a 15 minute walk, but we didn’t feel like making it while hauling our luggage.) I asked the clerk at the front desk for a restaurant recommendation, and she suggested we try Buca Mario. She made a reservation for us while we got settled in.

We sat on the rooftop terrace and had some bruschetta and a glass of wine (Lisa) and a beer (me). The terrace looks over the Arno River and it was sooooo relaxing to just have a drink and look at the city.

After a couple of hours of unwinding, we went back to the room, freshened up a bit, and walked to the restaurant. The map the hotel gave us was indispensable. The restaurant was fabulous. Great food, great atmosphere, and a great waiter. I could go on, but I doubt that even the people who love us most care what we had to eat.

We walked home through a few piazzas, had some gelato (of course), listened to a little live music in one of the squares, and finally went to bed. It was a great day and much less stressful than our first day in Venice!