Back in Florence

Published Date Author: , September 7th, 2014

Florence, ItalyAhhhhh…Firenze… Bella citta. My favorite Italian city.

We finally got to Florence late Friday afternoon, after experiencing one train delay after another. We do, however, know the Chiusi train station well. We arrived at Chiusi by bus from Montepulciano with 7 minutes to spare to buy a train ticket and get onto the train. I had to stand in line at the ticket counter to get our tickets, so we missed that one. Then the next train, scheduled an hour later, was delayed for first 20 minutes, then 25, etc., etc…finally, though, we did reach Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station, and were on our way to our apartment. The sun was shining, and life was good once again.

After a quick trip to the grocery, and getting settled into our little apartment, we went across the street to our favorite little bar, the OK Bar, for an Aperol spritz then on to another neighborhood ristorante for a pizza. We were just so happy to be back in Florence.

The next day Susan left for Napoli. I went to the San Ambrogio mercato, not because I needed any fruit or vegetables, but I just needed to see it again. Of course, I did buy a beautiful eggplant and some lovely tomatoes, and of course some fresh mozzarella to go with it all. Oh yes, how could I pass up that gorgeous bouquet of fresh basil? I am an incurable “foodie”. I admit it, but I enjoy being one, also.

Susan returned from Napoli in time to enjoy the eggplant Parmesan with me.

The next evening was so warm and lovely, we went for a night walk.

We walked along the Arno, past 2 bridges, then crosses over to Oltrano to walk back.

The next day we took a day time walk. One of the surprises for us this trip is how clean the city is. The big garbage bins are being replaced with in the ground, stainless steel containers, and everyone is recycling. People seem to be taking more pride in the city, also. Street sweepers come by several times a day, and this is a very nice change,

Another surprise for me, was my trip to the San Lorenzo market, where all the stalls for clothing, leather, t-shirts, and everything else WERE. No more. Apparently, the church decided that the market was not what they wanted around the church, so the market went away. Now it is a broad street, pedestrian only, and very clean.

The gypsy beggars and street people. The ones selling pictures, sunglasses, umbrellas, etc., Gone. There are many more policemen around and are watching for these illegal merchants.
I like the change. Of course, there were still beggar women o. The church steps in Piazza S.S. Annunziata, but no more gypsies washing their clothes in the fountain.

We only had a few days, so we didn’t get to do as much as we would have liked to do, but we were happy that we got to spend some time in Florence. We will be going back there in just a couple weeks with the Dolly Travels group, so that makes me happy.

So I will close for now. We are in Venice now, getting ready to greet our friends when they arrive tomorrow. I will write a blog about Venice shortly, then you will hear more from me as we continue our adventures.

Ciao for now,


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