Hellloooo! Ah, it has been too long :) I am sitting here in beautiful Florence, writing super fast so I can get back out in the gorgeous Tuscan sunshine. Wow, the Europeans know how to camp, we are in these little trailer deals, with full bathrooms. THe campground has 3 restaurants, 2 pools, a discoteca, bar, gelato shop, etc etc etc. Its pretty much amazing. Today, we headed into Florence pretty early. We are about a half an hour drive to the city. So, with the music bumping, the Topdeck coach rolled out. We were almost into town when what looked like the Apocalypse drifted in. The sky was SOO dark, and it just started to downpour. We had to stop so Heinz, my tour guide, could get out and reschedule our walking tour of Florence. Right when they opened the bus door, the wind started blowing super hard and pretty much pressure washed her, Pete Murray, and Wiggy. It was hilarious. She came back completely drenched. We ended up chilling in the bus for about an hour before they decided to take us to a leather demonstration downtown. Note: I thought it was going to be hot, so I was wearing a tshirt and skirt, plus I am getting a little thing that we like to call Bus SARS, so I feel terrible. haha. But we trekked it to the leather shop, and they have the most beautiful wallets I have ever seen in my life. I was so close to buying one, but they were around 80 Euro... But I did get a cute little coin purse as well.
Backtracking it to two days ago... we got to have a free day in Nice, aka the French Riviera. OMG. How AMAZING! I have never seen a coastline so beautiful. Jess and I have made two great Aussie friends, Lisa and Amelia, so we got to sleep in... But were woken by the boys and their cow horns they bought in Switz. I think they woke up all of Nice with their horns on their balconies. But anyway, after our rude wake up call we headed down to the beach. Nice is a stone beach, so we thought, hey, we are only here once, lets go to the private part. So, we got comfortable mats to lay on, an umbrella, and views of the very very cute French waiters. haha. The Frenchman at reception goes "No sit over there, fashion victims, no no." Haha. He also told Amelia that she needed to work on her tan :) But we layed in the hot hot sun for hours, admiring the crystal blue waters of the coastline. We went swimming, and wow, was that refreshing, just to think that just a day earlier I had been sledding on top of the Jungfrau! What a change in climate! The beach was so clean too, it was the perfect day. I really want to go back :) That night we headed out to Monaco... wow. Monaco is the cleanest place I have ever been to, maybe in exception to Switz. Truely the land of the rich and the richer. Emmaculate gardens, and everything is maintained to a T. It was fabulous. We actually went up to see the palace and tried to get a picture with the guards. That didnt work out too well, and we ended up with some pretty funny pictures. Next, we went to Monte Carlo, but little did I know, you have to be 21 to get into the Grand Casino... lame. But we got to see some amazing cars, and the royal family of Monaco was actually having an event at the hotel right next to the casino.
And now we go even further back... You were probably wondering what a Jungfrau was. :) We got a chance in Switz. to go to the "Top of Europe", the Jungfrau mountain, the tallest in Europe. So we got on this little rinky dink train that climbed this HUGE slope to the top of the mountain. We got to stop in the cutest little Swiss towns. The Swiss are the nicest people. They wave at you if the train goes by, and they are always willing to help with the language barrier, unlike the dang French. The second half of the train actually travels inside of the mountain, and stops twice at look outs. Anywhoo, when we finally got to the top, we all headed up to the very top. WOW. Amazing views of glaciers and the rest of the Swiss Alps. It was great because it was the first time a lot of the Aussies have seen snow. Poor little Jemimah only had her ballet flats with her and she almost slid off the mountain if it wasnt for a little fence. It was hilarious. We had a huge snoball fight and ended up going sledding as well. Some of the girls took out a little boy, it was actually pretty funny. All the boys looked like raccoons afterwards cause it was suprisingly really hot at the top. As of now, all of their faces are peeling. Its pretty funny.
Let me just say, if any of you all get a chance to go to Europe, please take a Topdeck tour. I truely am having the time of my life, and it couldnt have been done without all of the crazy Aussies and crew on this tour. This is SO much fun! We are constantly asking what all of their lingo means, I will now be using footy, pokies, jack all, texters, jumper, reckon, and singlets on a regular basis. By now we are like one big ol happy family. We have intense Connect Four and Guess Who tournaments on the bus (I was SO close to a win!) We are all masters of hysterical laughing, and we are... no matter what anyone says... better than Contiki tours, wahoo! I cant wait to post all of my pictures, the Tower of Pisa ones are hilarious. But for now, we are about to head out again for Florence, its Kellys birthday, so we are hitting to town for dinner and then going to the camps discoteca. Super fun :) Tomorrow we leave for Rome, and have a 3 hr walking tour of the city. It will be great. But, I miss you all, and I cant wait to tell you about my adventures. Dont worry Jonas, I will get your dirt from the Collesseum. haha. Love you all!