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Exploring Northern Italy in 10 days (we manage to throw in 24 hours in France too!) Part 2/2

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First half of our trip: https://blessedlittletravelers.blogspot.com/2018/09/exploring-northern-italy-in-10-days-we.html

DAY 6

Waking up without alarm clock is a bliss and something we do during holidays. Instead of ticking boxes on the various sights we visited, we would rather do it at a leisurely pace even if this means missing out on a few places. Quality is what we treasure more than quantity :)
We had a swim before heading out to Leaning Tower of Pisa. We parked at a carpark nearby and walk to the area which houses The Leaning Tower and a church. Surrounding the Leaning Tower, there are many stalls selling souvenirs at a reasonable price, restaurants and even McD.

It was nice walking around the place, looking at the various poses every tourist tried to come up with. Some are quite amusing but I must say they are really creative.
The weather is really hot so we went to a mall nearby to shop. We then went home, had some fruits for light dinner as we ate McD earlier around 4 plus.

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Exploring Northern Italy in 10 days (we manage to throw in 24 hours in France too!) Part 1/2

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PRE-PLANNING

Flying in through Milan, and we are deciding where to go. After much discussion, we decided to get a mix of big cities (Milan, Venice, with a touch of countryside at Tuscany and plus some hiking exercise at Cinqueterre). That was what we thought before the trip. It was a pretty last minute trip and super peak summer holiday period which coincides with Italian holiday week so a lot of accommodation are all booked up. So, after booking 3 nights in Milan and one night in Venice, the rest of our trip are really free and easy....

To be honest, I quite enjoyed this free and easy part of our trip. Where we are headed next, where we will be staying are very much up to us. If we like that place a lot, we can stay a couple of days longer. If we wanted to move on, we could. We even decided last minute to cross the border and get a taste of French food for a change. That is something we could not have done if we plan our trip beforehand.

So in the end, we did Milan (the city itself, …