If you drink at only one establishment in Florence – do it at the Art Bar. This place is amazing. We visited twice during our stay and collectively sampled just about every drink on the menu. It is owned and operated by two brothers who make the most delicious cocktails and frozen drinks.
L’Art Bar is always busy but it is worth waiting for a table. There is no real food to order but the waitress brings you bowls of popcorn, chips and green olives to much on. I remember my favorite drinks were the Pina Colada and the Kiwi Margarita. Every thing is fresh and the drinks available depends on what fruits they have on hand.
Each drink is made individually and is over-garnished with an abundance of different fruits. When I was served my first drink – I immediately thought of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – “I wasn’t expecting a fucking rainforest! You could fall in love with an orangutan in that!” But the huge amount of fruit garnish was a lot of fun cause you got to eat all the different fruits as well.
Address: Via del Moro, 4, 50123 Florence, Italy
I was hung over in Pisa. I had drank way too much the night before. I felt sick the entire train ride and once we arrived at the station I had a nice refreshing dry heave off the platform. I felt a lot better once I got a breakfast croissant in my belly. We took a taxi from the train station to to the Leaning Tower and spent less than an hour taking pictures and browsing through the souvenir stalls. The penis shaped pasta was amusing.
I would have liked to have spent more time in Pisa. My travel companions said we had to get back on the train to Florence so we could go see the statue of David. As much as I wanted to see David, I did not want to get back on that train. We returned to the taxi line and ended up getting the very same driver who had brought us.
Well at least I got to see the tower and I bought a pair of t shirts for my kids to prove it. I also bought a small bag of these delicious giant red grapes to munch on. Next time I’m in Italy (hoping that there will be a next time) I’m going to take my time, enjoy everything and not be so rushed. I’m sure Pisa has more to offer than it’s famous architectural mishap.
Every week I will be doing something fun, exciting, adventurous, interesting (or all of the above) on the island of Oahu. While I will continue to share photos and stories of my world travels, I will also be sharing photos and stories of my travels right here at home.
My backyard adventures may include just about anything from hiking in the Ko’olau mountains, bicycling around Honolulu, swimming at the Beach, visiting a museum or historical site or dining at a local restaurant. One post a week will be about my “Backyard Adventures – Life on Oahu”
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Havanna, Cuba.
“Why Cuba?” You might ask.
“Because I’m not supposed to,” I would answer.
The thought of visiting somewhere that is off-limits to me is just too much to resist. The US government has a travel ban against it’s citizens visiting the country. That right there makes me want to go to Cuba all the more. Tell me I can’t do something and I’m going to do it. It’s the American way. I think it is stupid that Americans aren’t allowed to visit Cuba. I’m not planning on collaborating with the Castro regime. I just want to walk through the city, eat the food, swim in the ocean and experience a land that most people will probably never see in their lifetime.
But how do I get to Cuba? From what I hear it is easy to travel to Cuba through Mexico. Nobody in Mexico or Cuba will try and stop you from coming or going. Then there is always the problem of that pesky little stamp on your passport that says Cuba. Could I later end up in HOT or maybe lukewarm water with American customs if they ever saw a Cuba stamp on my passport? One avid traveler told me that when you come back to Mexico from Cuba, slip a twenty dollar bill in your passport and simply say “No Stamp Por Favor.” It sounds like a good idea but I’d rather get scolded by US customs than end up in a Mexican jail for trying to bribe an officer.
So if you could go any where in the world… Where would you go? And why?
Quite possibly one of the greatest cities in the world. Five days in Amsterdam wasn’t enough. I loved walking through the streets of the city. The architecture was so amazing. The flowers were so beautiful. The coffee shops were so… relaxing. I was amazed and pleased by the fact that bicycles outnumber cars by like ten to one. I got to do and see a lot in Amsterdam but there was a lot I didn’t get to see and do that will definitely require a second trip.
In less than a month “I’m a Travellin Man” has gotten 100 likes. As of this morning it is actually 112 likes with 320 visits from people in 13 different countries. October 1st was the busiest day with 62 views. This was the same day I posted photos from the Fountain of Shame in Palermo, Sicily. The second busiest day was September 27th (my mothers birthday) with 53 views, same day that I posted photos from Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank.
Thanks to everyone who has liked, followed, commented on and viewed my blog.
“Im a Travellin’ Man” has a lot more travel stories to come. Come along for the ride!