North Vancouver, British Columbia
June 16, 2006
Carrara Italy is about 60km north of Pisa, close to the Mediterranean. In front of the train station is Hotel Carrara, a comfortable place albeit with slightly fading elegance. Here we stopped to enable a visit to the nearby marble quarries of the Tuscan Apennine Mountains.
Our air-conditioned room had the usual urban comforts including private bath, telephone, television, mini-bar and a small balcony from which to enjoy the neighbourhood. Below the reception area is a large space the hotel calls the Living Room. It’s a combination dining room, bar, breakfast area, and sitting lounge. Here from 6 to 10 each morning the included breakfast was served. This was a level above the typical morning meal of Italy including a broad selection of breakfast foods, drinks, and fresh fruits. As we were about to depart, a gentleman server presented two complimentary bags of bottled water, fruit, and snacks. He wanted us to be comfortable during the day’s explorations. This was an unexpected surprise and a nice touch.
Carrara is slightly larger than we expected and almost everywhere the importance of marble is apparent. Huge blocks are trucked down from the mountain one at a time to be sawn and finished in slabs for export.
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