Today the plan was to write one of those “lazy posts” on the Italian City of David. Its where I spend some time picking the best pictures of some place I visited recently and just throw them in here with minimal word content. But it just feels weird to do that today due to some circumstances.
When people mention the subject of Trip Advisor, the immediate thing that comes to mind to most people is Reviews. Mainly reviews of Restaurants, Hotels, and Attractions. But very few know about Trip Advisor’s other powerful arm, the Forum. You can spend a month in some city or country’s TA forum and gain a wealth of information. Information that is absent from your guidebook. The forum to me is internet’s best travel tool. All this, thanks to regular forum participants that spend their spare time helping tourists with the various questions they have. They are some of their city’s greatest ambassadors. One of those ambassadors was Eugene Martinez who tragically passed away a few days ago. I never actually met Eugene but we came very close when I was there in June. Eugene was a tremendous help in making our Florence stay as memorable as it was. From my interactions with him and from what I heard he was kind, caring, funny, and passionate about the city of Florence and Tuscany. He will be sorely missed.