When we first started taking cruises and saw the ports of “Florence, Italy,” or “Paris,” or even “Los Angeles,” we thought that is where you docked – even though some locations listed are not on the coast. For Florence, you actually dock in Livorno, with Florence being 90 minutes away by car or bus, and Pisa being about 30 minutes away. Cruises stopping in Paris dock in Le Havre, more than two hours away. Los Angeles cruises dock in San Pedro – one cruise worker we were friendly with was absolutely crushed when we pulled into San Pedro and he couldn’t see the Hollywood sign! He asked where it was, and we told him we were a good 45-minute drive from LA. He thought he’d be able to walk out into Hollywood! We are surprised the cruise companies don’t yet advertise cruises to Las Vegas or Kansas City (docking in San Pedro).
All of this to say – we have visited Florence and Pisa before, so didn’t feel the need to pay for a tour and spend the time and hassle in the heat to get there (yes, it’s October, but still hot here). So, we docked in Livorno and stayed in Livorno, even though we have also spent several days in Livorno in the past as well. So this time we were in the downtown shopping area of the city, and we walked through the covered arcades and down to the port area. Showing the effects of the heat, the people who were out and about were sluggish as they walked around. Luckily, the covered arcades do provide some shade in which to cool down. We took photos of whatever was in front of us for a few hours – as always, we give you the best of the photos. There aren’t as many as usual, since there weren’t any bona fide tourist attractions in the area. We just wandered about, happy that we hadn’t had to get up early, didn’t have to travel any distances, and most importantly – didn’t have to be on a tour, feeling like sheep tethered to a guide, being led to the slaughter.
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