Postcards From An Italian Adventure – Amanda and Me

Author: , July 26th, 2010

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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 view

Tuesday, July 6th

Amanda in FlorenceI am happy to have another duckling, since all my others flew home. Amanda is a delightful young lady from La Paz, Mexico. She just graduated from high school, and came over to Florence to take some summer classes. Her parents and her brother will arrive soon, but in the meantime, she and I are having some fun.

Since she is in school until 5:00 pm every day, she had not gotten to see much of Florence. We took an evening walk one day, but on the week end, I became her travel guide. I took her across Ponte Vecchio on Saturday, wwandered around the Oltrano area for awhile, had lunch near San Spirito church, then back across the river, to the San Lorenzo street market. We stopped briefly at our apartment, then caught the bus to Fiesole, where she could look down on our “bella citta”, Firenze.

Firenze, ItaliaAmanda is taking film studies classes, so she wanted to get some pictures, and that she did. We had a cool drink in Fiesole, then we caught the bus back home.

After we had a few hours to rest, we went out again, this time to dinner in Piazza Signoria. We were seated at an outdoor cafe, so she was able to do some people watching. After dinner, we heard music, so we followed the sound to Piazza Repubblica, where we also were entertained by a Charlie Chaplin look-alike, who really was pretty funny with his routine. We just had to have a gelato, then slowly made our way home.

The next morning, we walked up to Piazzale Michelangelo, up to San Miniato church, then down the hill again, to Santa Croce, stopped at a grocery store, then headed home.

The weather is quite warm and humid, so we called it a day, after that. We had a lot of fun, but we were both ready for a siesta.

Enoteca in Florence, ItalyLater, I took off by myself, stopped at a wine bar that Massimo had told me about, but I had not been there yet. It is an amazing place, called the Enoteca Intelligente. It is a wine tasting bar. One buys a card, for whatever denomination you want (similar to buying a Starbuck’s card). The bar had 64 wines available for tasting, each wine is priced differently, according to the value of the wine.

The card is inserted into a slot, one grabs a wine glass, places it under the appropriate spigot, then press a button for a taste, or half a glass, or a full measure. The price of what was purchased is deducted from the card.

Enoteca Intelligente, Florence, ItalyWhen the card gets close to being depleted, and you wanted to taste a 5 euro wine, for instance, and only had 2 euro left on your card, the machine would give you 2 euro worth. The white wines are kept chilled, and the pricier red wines are in a temperature-controlled cabinet. Other reds are at room temperature, but it was similar to a cellar there.

I, of course, had a great time. But Consuela, the hostess, warned me that it could be a dangerous place!! It certainly was a fun place. I will go back, though. I still have some euro left on my card. Any visitors I get here will get a tour of Enoteca Intelligente, also.

This evening, Amanda and I are going for another walk, then hopefully, find a place to watch the World Cup semi-finals. I have never been big on watching sports on TV, except for the old Raiders football team in the 1970′s, but it is easy to get caught up in the World Cup fever over here, even if Italy is not playing. Amanda likes soccer and has been able to educate me on some of the rules of the game.

There is always something to do here in Florence. I will say Arrivederci and write again, after some more adventures.

Ciao for now,


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