A year ago, I had the bright idea that my wife and I should take a vacation in Italy. Not just for a week or two, but for a month. I liked the idea of being able to relax and enjoy life without having to constantly be rushing to tour all the fantastic places there are too see. So, after a year of planning, here I am in Florence.
Me on the plane waiting to take off at Gatwick in London:
On our first night, we got in late. There was only one restaurant still open. To get to it, we had to cross the Ponte Vecchio. This, taken from the famous bridge, was the second photo that I shot in Italy. I was pinching myself with disbelief that, after a year of planning, we were here!
Here’s the view from our apartment window. That’s the Palazzo Vecchio in the background. As I write this post, I can see the late afternoon light hitting this 800 year old tower. I feel very fortunate to be here. The light is magical as it bounces through the old buildings and casts jagged shadows across the streets.
Here’s the entrance to my apartment. It’s right across from the Ferragamo flagship store. And Prada, Gucci, Pucci, Fendi, Armani, Tiffany, and every designer you can think of. I can hit them all with a rock if I could only get to the roof of our building. I tried on a Brioni sweatsuit. At $2,000, I decided that it wasn’t worth it. I only liked the jacket anyhow.
The farmer’s market here is fantastic - as to be expected. They have lots of my favorite - prosciutto. The pasta is amazing. The sauces have flavors I’ve never experienced before. All the food is so fresh here. Nobody cooks from a can - unlike all the chains back home.
More to follow. I’m just getting started!