Ciao from Florence, Italy! We drove from Arles, France to Florence in 6 hrs and 30min while only getting lost twice! The day started out with delicious French pastries, particularly a chocolate croissant. We then drove on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in both France and Italy. You don’t directly notice when you cross the borders of Italy and France. There is very similar architecture along the Mediterranean. Italy also has a lot of greenhouses near the coast. Florence is very crowded. Even walking through the city is hectic. There are narrow streets with mopeds weaving in between groups of people. As we arrived around 4:00 P.M. local time, we wandered around the city. We made a full loop around the Duomo. Getting to see this famous structure was amazing. Tonight we are staying in an apartment in the middle of Florence within walking distance of the Duomo and the Uffizi just down from the Ponte Vecchio. Tomorrow we are going to climb to the top of the Duomo.