All right - it's Tuesday night, I'm all packed basically, I've paid the hotel, I remembered to get some euros for the cab tomorrow, I'm listening to the noises from the street, one of which sounds strangely like a woman crying, although I guess it's stopped now. And I had a delicious dinner based, again, on the lady who runs the hotel - she and I seem to have hit it off. Anyway, she told me about a little trattoria down the street which I've passed everytime I come and go and I had it in my head that I had eaten there when I first got to Florence and didn't like it and got the distinct impression they didn't like having a single diner. But when I went in tonight I saw that this was a different one and very nice without being very expensive. I ordered sort of a bruschetta with fagioli beans (which I bought some of in that Perugia bean store) and it came with three little pieces of thin toast with the soupy fagioli beans on the side rather than on the toast. And it was all slathered in olive oil. I grated a little salt and pepper on top and oh, it was good. The beans were truly wonderful. My waitress told me that they are just very slow cooked with a sage leaf and that it is the beans themselves which have such flavor, so we shall see when I get around to trying mine. So a nice evening - I finished up with a pot of tea at "my" little place, told the man arrivederci because I was leaving in the morning and he said "maybe you come back!" And I said "you bet your sweet bippy I will". Tee-hee - fooled you! I didn't really say that. :)
So, let's see what did today involve. Oh, yes - I decided I would try again to see the Jewish Temple since last year it was closed for some special event. There is a museum connected with it which follows the history of the Florentine Jews and apparently it is a long and sometimes good, sometimes bad history so I was interested. I picked out a very straightforward route to get there which meant I didn't have to be always looking at the map and could look in shops instead. Found a few little bits and pieces to buy and also found my little Christmas present to me. Not as expensive as the IT piece I bought last year, but I really like this and will try and remember to post a picture of it when I get it home and framed.
Also, amazingly enough, saw things to take pictures of so, we'll just get started on some of those.
First are three pictures which kind of follow this huge line of people I came across and was thinking "good grief - is it a really good movie or something?" and then from a sign pointing down the street to where the line got hidden behind cars and such, I figured out that they were standing in line to enter the Accademia Museum where the famous statue of David is. Of course, there's a lot more there than that, but I somehow have the feeling if it wasn't there, the lines wouldn't be so incredibly long. And what a shame to spend all that time in line when old David is all over the city - replicas, but life-sized. I guess that's why all the guidebooks say get reservations!
Soon after that I came to another intersection, looked down the street to my left and there was a round building with a big statue in front so I went down to investigate. It was the Rotunda di Santa Maria de Angioli. I was seriously tempted to wander around to what was probably the front and see if it was something to go inside and look at, but I WAS on a mission, so I didn't.
So, here's the outside of the temple which I already took this picture last year too, but I was there so I took it again - maybe there's something better about this one - I don't know.
I decided that before heading to my cheap lunch place (from yesterday) I would walk down to the river, get on the Ponte Alle Grazie and take a picture from there of the Ponte Vecchio, which I did and also took one of San Miniato way up on the hill because that was such a pleasant memory for me.
Then it was on to the bridge...
Heading back to the lunch place I took this picture mainly for Chris - isn't this how Mas spells his name or does his have to "a's" or something? I think it's Mas so you'll have to ask him if he's moonlighting. :)
And, oh my goodness I'm sorry - but I'm like the "I've fallen and I can't get up" lady except I'm in Florence and I can't quit taking pictures of the Duomo. So I will just post these four and that will be that - my last sighting until hopefully another time.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that. I think maybe our front desk man is slowly choking to death from the sounds of things. But it's going on for probably half an hour or so, so maybe not. It adds a new note to the general cacophony that is my room. But I've enjoyed this hotel - the room has been nice (especially the second one), the man and woman who own it are friendly and very helpful, and it's in a really convenient location.
Arrivederci from Firenze!
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.