DAY 8 - CONTIKI TOUR Nice - Florence
20.01.2007 - 21.01.2007
After leaving our hotel this morning it was a short drive before we stopped for a special demonstration at a perfume factory called Fragonards. It was really interesting to learn about how perfume is made and what is required in order to make it. It was one of the better demonstrations we had although the smell was extremely overpowering and when we were taken into the gift shop and allowed to try some of the samples we were a little alarmed after Katie developed a strong reaction to the scents. We declined on the offer to purchase!
Safely back on the bus, and with no permanent damage, we spent travelled through the amazing landscape of coastal France before decending into Italy. We went through something like 192 tunnels during our travels along the coastline so when we finally arrived at our afternoon stop, we were all very relieved.
Our afternoon stop was the little town of Pisa which is most famous for its Leaning Tower and we quickly filed off the bus to get the photo opportunities. It was especially significant to Katie as she has baby photographs of her in her baby carrier on her mums back as they climbed precariously up the inside of the tower.
Unfortunately we were not able to climb the inside of the tower due to time constraints but it has been re-opened to climbers after a decade of corrective reconstruction and stabilisation efforts. As we didnt have alot of time in Pisa we took the obligatory photographs before returning to the bus and making our way into Florence.
Tonight we had an amazing Tuscan dinner (one of the best on the tour) which included an Opera singer and musical entertainment. After dinner we all headed off to Space Disco Tech a mazzive nightclub where we were able to dance the night away.