I did what I said and had a totally relaxing, do nothing day on Wednesday. Although I did have to deal with what could have been an unpleasant situation with my hotel. I use cheapish hotels as anyone who knows about my travel knows. And sometimes I get a really nice one but mostly I get okay ones and that's okay. I'm mostly just sleeping in them. But after my first trip to Florence and particularly after my trip to Paris, I have learned when I'm searching for hotels to look for the pictures of bathrooms. If they don't have any, I look at more hotels. The hotel where I am now had pictures and they looked fine. So I was shocked when I got to my fairly spartan room to find that the bathroom was on the order of the Paris one - in a small square area there was a commode, a small sink and a shower head with a drain in the floor under it - no curtain, no enclosure nothing. So Wednesday morning I bravely girded my loins and talked to the woman at the desk explaining that I had seen all their pictures of bathrooms and none of them were like mine and I didn't like it and would it be at all possible to switch to one with at least with something around the shower. And, miracle of miracles it was. I had to wait till Wednesday afternoon to get into it cause someone was checking out that morning but that was fine. The other very strange thing was that my first room was in a different building than the rooms where the front desk was! I was across the street. Weird. And ah, budget travel.
Anyway, the rest of Wednesday was just pleasure. And I took a grand total of 5 pictures! The first one was on my phone and I took it just to send to Chris and make him jealous. I stopped at one of the cafes that surround the Duomo and sat outside with a cup of tea and a little egg and truffle sandwich (which was a first and very good) and from where I was sitting took a picture of what I could see of it without getting up. Then later I took this much nicer pictures and I know everyone will be glad to see the Duomo for the umpteenth time! I sure was.
Speaking of cafes, I was disappointed to find that the little one on the street where my hotel was in 2010 and again in 2014 with Chris and where I stopped frequently both years and even made a quick stop when I flew from Sicily to Florence on my way home last year because I wanted to get Parmesan cheese at the Mercato Centrale. When I went in last year they recognized me and it that made me happy. So this year I walked down to where I thought it was and from the outside it looked pretty much the same although I didn't remember it being called "Freddy's" and the inside was quite different. On my way back I worked up the nerve to go in and try to ask if they were new owners and the man spoke quite good English and said yes, they had bought it a year ago. So that's that.
So just the kind of day I wanted and needed. And since it turned out to be a longer post than I thought, I will do Thursday in a separate one. It will be mostly pictures and I'll tell you why when I write the post. :)
- 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.