The purpose of going to Pistoia was to see the Blues festival. The festival was supposed to be along the same lines as the Bridgetown Blues. We were certainly looking forward to it.
Empoli was the place to park the car.
We plugged the details into the GPS, checked the volume of the driver alert system and off we went. All was good until we go to the entrance of the carpark. We were just about to go on the road and the driver alert system pushed itself into the seat of the car and sounded "Car". I looked at Brian, and Brian looked at me, he forgot to calibrate it into left hand drive. Everything was OK, Brian was on the right side of the road, and the other car on the left.
We moved on, getting to Empoli without any issues. We caught the train to Firenze Ravioli and then to Pistoia.
Once at Pistoia the girls asked a local shopkeeper where the action was and got directions to the town square. But I must say, we were bitterly disappointed. We found the stage for the concerts at night, but there was nothing happening through the day. ☹ We ended up having lunch at about 4 o clock. At the table next door to us were some people from Denmark, they had come to do a tour of the sewers. (that's right SEWERS!) If I had suggested that to my girlfriend I would have been in deep ####. Really nice people though. They were keen to come to Australia so we gave them our details.
After a very nice lunch, and a gelato we hopped on the train to come home, feeling disappointed, yet we got to see more of Italy.
Brian really has got the hang of driving now, and our trip home from Empoli was quite normal. In fact, I don't think I heard one alarm go off.