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Florence!

It's official.

I have registered to attend the Costume Colloquium in Florence this Fall.

Admittedly, I was a bit daunted by the registration fee, but it is a once in a blue moon opportunity. Therefore, I just closed my eyes, held my nose, and took the plunge.

I also got permission from my boss to take the time off so I can attend.

Yay!

Those are the good news.

The bad news is that probably ballistabob may not be coming with me, due to the fact that he has not enough leave time available.

Pooh.

I like travelling with my husband. :-(

In regards to accomodations, I am still debating whether to take advantage of the hotelling package that they are offering through the conference or to book something on my own. The disadvantage of doing it through the conference is that they don't tell you which hotel you are going to, and I much prefer to do my own research and read the reviews of the places.

With pictures.

Oh, and a safe in the room is not negotiable.

But I have time.

At least I have registered early and, taking into account that only 250 registrations will be accepted, first come first served, things are looking up.

And now, back to the drawing board.

Belfebe out.

Comments

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melaniesuzanne
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
OOOOH! That's so exciting! I'm all a-tingle for you. :)
belfebe
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am very excited! :-D

*Happy dance!*
salviati
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous! Maddalena is going too. [pout]

I'd recommend Hotel Il Perseo, where we've stayed twice, but I don't think they have safes in the rooms. At least, I don't think they did in 2004.
belfebe
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I'll check it out and see if they have safes or not. They might (or so one hopes) :-)
salviati
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I just looked at their website and they do have safes in the rooms. :-) It says they completely renovated in 2006. http://www.hotelperseo.it/

We loved staying there - it's very comfortable, not too expensive, especially in the off season, and everyone is very friendly. It's right down the street from the Duomo, so it's also in a great location. I highly recommend it! (Plus their breakfast buffet is really nice - I personally don't need bacon and eggs in the morning but I do need more than a roll and coffee! They have a variety of stuff including good yogurt and really yummy muesli... and a caffe latte that will get you going.)
belfebe
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
That sounds wonderful! Plus, now you've made me hungry . . .

Must . . . get . . . coffee . . .
greta_k
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent that you are going! Bummer that ballistabob is not. Wish I could go, but I will be a tad occupied at that time and not have any more leave to spare.

I can't recommend any hotels for you in Florence, as I stayed in an upscale (i.e. adult, not youth) hostel called Instituto Gould. It was very good, very safe, @10 minutes from the Pitti Palace, and near the University. However, I would be happy to recommend some places to see in your spare time, shopping opportunities, good places for gelato (because you MUST try the gelato), and let you paw through my Italy photos.
belfebe
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
That works! :-D
stanci
Feb. 21st, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Another person I know going! And this time I don't even have to be relying on getting cliffnotes and pictures from the people who are lucky enough to be able to go.

It would be even awesomer if Marcellus were able to go, but I definitely understand the whole "not enough time off" thing...

I think we are doing our own research for hotels, since like you said, they don't tell you where they'd be putting you up.
belfebe
Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's great that we will have people we know around. It will be so much more fun! Mistress Maddalena is going and she tells me about other people too.

I am researching hotels, and zeroing right now on two, one of the being the one that salviati recommended. The latter looks pretty darned good. Those are in the Central section. A little pricier than going to the commercial center, but I'd like to be within walking distance from everything. It will also save me some cash in taxi cabs.

Let me know what you guys are planning. It would be faboo to be all in the same hotel, but if not, the fact that we will all be going to the same conference will ensure that we have loads of fun. :-)
stanci
Mar. 2nd, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
So what's the other one that you were looking at ?

Drea found an article of little hotels in Florence and Venice.
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gianetta
Mar. 3rd, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Hey Belphoebe - do you have hotel plans for this trip yet? I'm still waffling about going, and need to make a decision soon. I'm more likely to go if I know I can get a room at the same hotel (same room or not doesn't matter much to me) as people I know.
belfebe
Mar. 3rd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Actually yes. I have registered at the Hotel Il Perseo, which is the one that Giuliana and Kevin recommended. It's not a chain hotel and it is within walking distance from everything. I've been told that their continental breakfast is fabulous.

The best part? You can make a reservation and your card will not be charged until you get there, or if you have not made a cancellation within 72 hours. I reserved early because they have only 20 rooms.

The service seens to be good. One thing I liked is that within 24 hours of registering online, I got a note from the owners welcoming me and telling me to let them know if I'd need any help booking visits to museums, tours, etc. Very nice people.

Currently, I have booked a single room, as I am not sure that Marcellus will be able to make it for a couple of days or not. If you are interested in rooming, let me know. :-)
gianetta
Mar. 3rd, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the quick reply! I need to chat with Adam today before making a final decision (had made a 'final' decision not to go about a week ago and am having second thoughts).

If I decide (today) to go, I'd love to share a room. More than anything, I'm too chicken to find my way around a foreign country by myself. I've only been to Canada and Russia. They speak English in Canada, and I was with a group (for the beginning, anyway) in Russia.

How long are you planning to stay? I was looking at the 4th-11th to have a couple extra days to drool in their museums.
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gianetta
Mar. 3rd, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
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It appears that splitting (2 people) a suite that holds up to 4 people (1295 pounds for a week) is cheaper than getting a single room (840 pounds for the week). A triple or double room instead of the suite would be even cheaper.
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