Postcards From an Italian Adventure – A Sunday Stroll

Published Date Author: , June 3rd, 2010

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!

Florence, Italy

Saturday, May 16th:

Buona sera,

I will have to make a shorter note tonight… we have really done a lot, in spite of the rain, in the last few days, and tomorrow we leave for Cinque Terre, and I will not be able to write for 3 days.

Florence, ItalyFriday, the ladies went to Boboli Gardens, without me, as I needed to get some things done here at the apartment. Susan took them on that tour, and of course, the rains came down in buckets, at times, but they did go into the Pitti Palace, and have a chance to dry out a bit.

The afternoon turned out to be sunny, warm and very nice. I had to go to the market, then I made an apple tart for Sharona’s birthday. Susan had decorated our house early on. When the ladies all returned in the afternoon, we had her birthday pie… we knew we were going to dinner later, and allowed enough time to not spoil our appetites.

About 7:00, we left for the restaurant, I Latini. We had 7:30 seating. It was very fun, as you pay one price for everything, and one does not have to make many choices.

Appetizers were a sampler plate, with barley salad, prosciutto, salami, cheese, then the first course was a sampler of ravioli, pasta with wild boar sauce, (I cannot even remember all, because the first thing they did was open a 2 liter jug of Chianti, the bottle with the straw bottom, but it was very good.!!)

I Latini, Florence, ItalyThe courses went on: for the main course, we each chose our own, and we each got something different. I had deep fried lamb chops, which were wonderful, Sharona had rabbit, Susan had rack of lamb, Then came the dessert sampler, then biscotti with vin santo, and a sparkling moscato wine, which was wonderful.

Somewhere along the way, a second bottle of Chianti was opened. Lord, Lordy!! When we were ready to leave, Sharona asked if she could take the wine home,,, no problema!! The waiter popped a cork in the bottle, we left, following Sharona through Piazza Repubblica, and no one even gave us a second glance.

As you might expect, Saturday, we did not do much of anything… in the morning. It was raining again… but by lunch time, it had stopped enough that finally, we were able to go to the San Lorenzo market and the ladies got to do some shopping.

Today, miracle of miracles, we woke to a sunny day. We had a lovely brunch with French toast, sausages, fruit salad, and mimosas, then left to see Florence in the sunshine. We could not do the Santa Croce church until afternoon, and the Bargello was closed, also… which were the two things we really wanted to do, so we went to plan C. Got on a bus, up to Piazzale Michelangelo.

Boy Eating Gelato - Florence, ItalyThe view from up there, looking down over Florence, is spectacular. We then had a pizza and some wine, and walked back into the city.

Now we could visit Santa Croce, which we did, then stopped for gelato, finally getting back here around 5:30.

We made a simple dinner of stuffed pasta shells, stuffed with spinach and fresh ricotta, oven roasted veggies, and some leftovers from last night’s dinner…

Now I am off to bed, and will send another email after Cinque Terre.

Love to all, and Ciao for now!

p.s. the kid eating gelato is not anyone we know, but he was so into his ice cream, I could not resist!! (His Dad gave the OK)

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