Well, pretty much since we have been in Florence, the weather has been cloudy. We can not be outdone by the weather, so we have pressed on. For our efforts, the sun has poked out enough for me to justify eating gelato, yet again. We moved into our little apartment last Saturday, and we are doing well with our new surroundings. As you can see, the studio apartment is quite cute with just enough space for two girls to make a mess.
The kitchen…which we do not plan to use.
The bedroom….comfortable enough.
Our hosts greeted us with wine, pasta, olive oil, and cookies. We will be drinking the wine.
We were excited to start exploring, and we have been on several solo junkets as well as junkets with members of our Smithsonian group. Here’s what we have discovered so far. Florence, although different in some ways from Rome, has more in common with Rome than the Florentines would like to admit. Florence is a city of art lovers, and much of the art is outdoors, free for all to see. My favorite so far is the bronze casting of Perseus slaying Medusa by Cellini. It is one casting, not sections. Visitors and locals alike just hang out in this location which is full of other works of art.
Florence is a proud city of history lovers, and they revere their historic sites like this statue of Cosimo I.
Florence is full of people who love and believe in science. They honor those who chased scientific knowledge like Galileo. The Galileo Museum is magnificent and boasts such artifacts as the great man’s telescopes. You can also see a few of his fingers….which is kinda creepy to me, but as they say here…allora!!!
I was amazed by a facsimile of a map by Fra’ Murano displayed in the Galileo Museum. It shows the known world in the year1457-1459, long before the other side of the pond was discovered.
Folks in Florence love food….full of fresh ingredients. I found this at the Mercato Centrale.
Ashleigh and I can personally tell you that the strawberries are swell.
Buying food followed by cooking food. Before we ate lunch at a Tuscan restaurant, the chef gave us a cooking lesson.
We ate what he showed us how to cook, but we started with this extraordinary antipasto.
Of course, dogs are cherished in Florence.
Wine is divine in Florence. We participated in an afternoon wine tasting at a Tuscan castle that is 1200 years old. Yes, it was cloudy.
Diago explaind the wines.
Florentines love to celebrate with family and friends, and break out the band for all holidays, big or small.
And just like the rest of the world, residents of Florence and the surrounding areas have a difficult time getting the laundry dry. In the ancient town of San Gimignano, there is no ceremony when it comes to drying laundry. Energy is so costly in Italy.
This unseasoned traveler continues to find that, with a few variations, we are more alike than we are different….right down to the laundry. See you next time, and thanks for following.