I should preface this post by saying that it seems everywhere I have lived I have actually loved it. Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Minnesota, and Amsterdam. But now I have to confess I am having a love affair with Florence. People have asked me what I love about it, so I'm going to start posting reasons why.....starting off with my simple afternoon and evening soloing it around my neighborhood (with a cold to boot). I ventured into the Uffizi museum for inspiration: studied a Botticelli, Rembrandt, Lippi, and Michelangelo all for quite some time.... Then grabbed some minestrone soup to feed my cold, which happened to be on the cobblestone street outside one of the oldest prisons (not anymore) in Florence dating back to the 1200's where there were hangings and beheadings on that block due to political and religious reasons. (Meanwhile people were drinking wine/eating dinner listening to Leonard Cohen on the outside speakers tonight.) Followed some nuns down the alley on my way home, finally passing the Basilica of Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Galileo are both buried. (Frida and I pass it on our morning walks and always say hello to them as we venture by.) So that's the first post.....more to come!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
It was 85 degrees in the morning and I left the apt in a tank top and jeans....and then this happened....
Freak storm today in Florence- sending this out to all you Californians bearing the heat wave over there...
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
I think we are finally settling into life here in Florence! Frida and I are moving into permanent digs this weekend - a rad apartment right on the Arno river, overlooking beautiful gardens, a castle and I believe the oldest church in the city. (I will verify this.) Monday classes start and I couldn't be more psyched.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
After trains, planes, buses and taxi's we finally made it! The only thing we did not get on was a boat...and a bicycle......very jet lagged and groggy, but happy. The best thing so far is hearing the church bells chime every hour. Fantastico. Here are a few photos of the city I took while walking around trying to find a grocery store.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Frida and I are now en route to Florence, Italy! She is the biggest trooper ever- going on 29 hours of traveling due to flight delays- still stuck in the airport in Frankfurt.....we press on......here are a few pics from the various airport terminals that we spent 6-8 hours in each.
Note to self: dogs throw up when accidentally given fizzy water instead of flat....
Not sure who's luggage this is but it's kinda cool.
Doggie relief station in the Washington DC airport - she wasn't having it.