Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Last day in Florence

First non-rainy morning and first full free day. Hit the cafe across the street - ie 6 ft - for "American" coffee for Paul and to start the day. Cool weather, cloudy.

Crossed the Old Bridge which is the last original Arno River bridge in Florence. Back in the day it was all food and meat markets but it stank so much the ruling class threw them out and installed jewelers. These remain today and it was nonstop gems and gold and the like. Not for the small wallet!

Must wave walked 8 miles today exploring Florence. Forgot to reserve tickets to Ufizi and the line was over an hour long - fail. Wandered the market areas, lots of leather goods and such. Bought some gifts, though many would be upset that I didn't buy any handbags. Bought spices and such in the central market - poor Paul having to deal with me wanting to see and smell everything. Sadly, I had to refuse most samples of cheeses and meats but I took lots of awesome pictures.

Saw the Duomo and was awestruck by the beauty of it - google it. Didn't climb to the top as I didn't want to tire so quickly.

Instead wandered around some more, had an awesome lunch - black truffle rissoto - and headed to the Piazza Republica to partake in treats at a historic cafe. That was unexpectedly closed - fail #2. Found another cafe for cappuccino and tiramisu. Soldiered on to find the Galileo museum. Which closed at 1- fail #3.

Walked some more up to michalangelo piazza for the most spectacular view of the city. It was a long, uphill walk. I have burned off everything I have eaten! So, going here for dinner: www.ristoranteilgusciofirenze.com/menu.html

My handy restaurant menu translator and the internet has saves us from embarrassment.

Off to Rome tomorrow for a day of rest and planning.


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