One of those moments where life feels so overwhelmingly perfect I want to cry.
Springtime in Paris at Jardin du Luxembourg
The Best of Firenze
My last full day in Italy was 18 hours long but exciting, wonderful, and fun for 17 and a half of those 18 (come on, nothing is perfect).
We did a free walking tour in the morning. It was through Florence’s city center, which at first glance looks like a very touristy and shoppy area, but the guide explained the history and the architecture of the buildings from the medieval, baroque, and renaissance periods. I am very glad that we got to see that part of the city through new eyes after spending the previous night dodging the rain, persistent umbrella salesmen, American students studying abroad (literally 10% of Florence’s population), and tourists in that area.
We made some friends on the tour and had amazing gelato afterwards. I am crying thinking about it now. Oh my. It was so good.
Then it began to rain but Theresa and I wanted to go to Piazza Michelangelo for a bird’a eye view of the city. We seemed to get lucky as the rain was over every part of the city that we were not walking through. When we made it to the top of the piazza, the sun was coming out, AND THERE WAS A RAINBOW!
I love rainbows. It made us so happy. We enjoyed the scenery and ate more gelato (to celebrate our happiness; don’t judge us).
Then we relaxed at a cafe and had some incredible melted chocolate snack/drink thing. Yum.
Then we had some cannolis. And Lindt truffles.
After our sugar binge, we paid 11 dollars to check out the Accademia Gallery where the original “David” by Michelangelo is housed.
It is a beautiful and magnificent sculpture. David is the tallest “nice Jewish boy” I have ever seen.
Then we attended a Football match (aka soccer) between Fiorentina (the local Italian team) and Esbjerg from Denmark with our new friends for the day: a guy from Germany and another from Switzerland. (They made up for the football fans we weren’t).
The game was very exciting! The Italians were chanting and singing and lighting off fireworks the whole time. I also love how the match was half as long as American football. American sports are TOO long. Fiorentina won.
Then we went to a bar that was filled with Danes who traveled from Denmark just to see the game.
So yeah, another day filled with carbs, desserts, internationals, exploring, and OH YEAH, a flipping triple rainbow!
A Florence Rain Dance
Yesterday we arrived in Florence under the late afternoon rain.
Luckily our hostel was very close to the bus station and it did not take too long to find, and our free map only got kinda wet.
Then we walked around the center of the city. We attended mass at the Duomo Cathedral (woo observing other cultural traditions!). It was very beautiful and in Italian. I did not completely understand what was going on but I love the way the priest’s voice echoes through the gigantic basilica.
After mass, we danced in the rain then gave up on that …and decided to dodge the rain and had two dinners in warm restaurants including pizza, bruschetta, Tuscany wine, and tiramisu.
Under the Tuscan Rain
Today we spent the morning in the beautiful little city Siena, in the Tuscany region of Italy.
We wandered through a gigantic mercato (market) filled with clothing, food and other random goods. We did some shopping as well. I now have some Italian Leather boots.
Then we roamed around and saw the gorgeous buildings and cathedrals in the city center.
The best part of Siena was that every other traveler/tourist we met was Italian, whereas in Rome, almost everyone we met was from everywhere all over the world BUT Italy.
Siena is more of a natural city with it’s own life going on, and Rome is a giant museum and tourist attraction. I still love Rome, but I am glad we got to see a different side of Italy.
We caught a bus to Florence in the afternoon as rain continued to fall over the vineyards and red-roofed villas of the countryside.