July 28


I took a trip to Florence.  My first impression of Florence;  Florence is a throng of sweaty tourists in July. I am impressed at how nice and patient most of the vendors, clerks, etc are here.


July 30


I have returned to Casa La Pace from Firenze etc. Now tired, penniless, and enjoying a break from crowds.


July 30


The weather was a bit cooler over the weekend… comfortable enough for summer. It is dry here compared to Little Rock, but some people are melting. I was in Pisa a couple of days ago and it did feel hot.  I almost died going to Pisa on the train at mid day… the AC was not working.

The house here stayed cool while it was closed up. It has been  manageable without air conditioning.