It all started Monday when Steve rang Nova Moto Florence to arrange bike service and tyres, a very long and complicated discussion was held with their only offer being June 26th, not possible to get them in before then - end of story . Steve persisted and kept insisting we are travelling, from Australia, bikes need service and tyres, and we cannot possibly wait until 26th. Finally they begrudgingly agreed to do them on Friday (14th June).
We arrived Monday and went in first thing Tuesday to confirm our booking, yes there is a booking - but a very surprised look on his face when he realised there are 2 bikes ! Still with a very reluctant attitude.
This morning however was a different story. We arrived, he rode our bikes into the service area - side saddle, we have never seen that before.
Then he asked for the documents - we handed over our Service Record Book. He examined this quite closely, pointed to the Rock Motorcycles stamp inside the book and asked do they own the bike ? No, we own the bike, they are our own bikes from Australia.
From this point on the change in attitude was totally amazing. Once he realized they were not hire bikes, everything started to happen, big smile on his face, details were taken, hands shaken, and off we went, confident it would now happen.
So off we went, back to our room to do some organising and preparing to pack tomorrow. Then it was over to the supermarket to pick up some lunch. Apparently you are not allowed to take photos or take dogs into the supermarket.
Steve's favourite stand in the Supermarket.
Then we wandered around the park near our hotel, here is our home away from home, it has been a very nice relaxing break here.
Back at BMW later in the day we were treated like royalty, the Manager came out with an invitation to join BMW Motorrad Club Firenze, along with some caps, keyrings, a breathalizer (for Steve), and stickers for our bikes.
Here we are with our Service Dept Manager who was now very happy to shake our hands, also gave us some more gifts - I just love shopping when you get a gift with purchase !
As the evening cools down, families from the area come out for picnics and to let the children play in the playground.
Loved this - SHE RIDES, AND HE PILLIONS - even if it is only a scooter.
The sound of the ambulances will stay with us forever, they are so annoying.
We discovered a restaurant above the Supermarket, food was delicious, and we could watch people shopping, quite entertaining, cannot believe the amount of cured meats/cheese etc available.
I did sneak a photo of David yesterday, just for the girls.....
Tomorrow we leave Florence, destination Pisa and the Cinque Terre.