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- 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.
November 08, 2015
As you can see from the first picture, it certainly was a beautiful day and quite chilly in the shade. I couldn't help wondering what it would have been like to have a day like this in Fiesole. Before I came on this trip, I thought up a few things I hadn't done yet in Florence (there really aren't very many at least that I know of). One was visit the Uffizi which now I have and another was to visit more of the Pitti Palace complex. I visited the Boboli Gardens which are behind the palace and were started by the early Medicis and I visited what I think is called the Treasury and it had all sorts of wonderful treasures - ivories, paintings, statues, ancient artifacts, on and on - the Medicis were compulsive collectors apparently cause they sure had a lot of "stuff". That's where I got caught taking a picture back before you were allowed to. And oh, is it nice now being allowed to take them as long as it's without flash. Which by the way, I saw a woman do in one of the rooms she, her husband and I were in. And I very politely said "no flash" and she said "I know". It was all I could do not to go tattle on her. But I did say something about it being a privilege to take pictures and I hoped we wouldn't lose it.
So, anyway, I'm standing in line below. It didn't last too long - maybe about 20 minutes and I love to people watch so I didn't get bored.
Came back to the hotel and started editing pictures. At 5:00 I had a "date" to meet Loretta and Luciano, the couple who owned a hotel I stayed in in 2010 and have not retired and with whom Chris and I met up with last year. It was nice to see them - we seemed to have plenty to talk about and I urged them to come to the states one of these days. They even have friends who live in New York and urge them to come for a visit, but they haven't done it yet. They suggested going to the Mercato Centrale because they've changed it since last year. They've now fashioned the second story of the market into mostly a lot of different eating places all in one big space. There are a few vendors selling things like pasta - dried and fresh and bottled sauces and such but mostly it's stuff to eat there. So that was interesting to see - had no idea that had been done. I was planning to go there tomorrow anyway and I may just have to go upstairs and have a little something when I do.
Tomorrow is when I fly back to Barcelona but the plane doesn't leave until 8:00 p.m. I'll probably get a 6:00 bus to the airport and get there around 6:30 or so. I pretty much packed to tonight but if I get some of the liquid stuff I'd like to get tomorrow at the market, I may have to repack some because I'd need to have it cushioned. We shall see.
For now, I have rambled on so long I'm worn out and I imagine anyone reading this is too.