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    Thank you, Florence.

    “…typing this in seat 22A on the flight from Florence to Paris. trying not to worry that we had to check our bags through to Paris and that we weren’t able to get boarding passes for our final flight to Atlanta. we have a four hour layover…surely that will be enough time to resolve any issues…in the meantime, looking back on last night is making me happy (and sad…) We ended up at the wine bar where we had our first lunch and another wonderful dinner. But this time we got seats at the bar…front row! The place is so tiny this one guy (of course Francie found out his…

  • Just Life

    l'ultimo da Firenze.

    …the title says this is the last from Florence, but that really means the last blog post. We still have another twelve hours here. Plenty of time to enjoy what we hope will be a wonderfully memorable dinner and a smooth and uneventful departure tomorrow morning.  Yesterday ended up being all about the sunset. One of Sara’s itinerary requests was to visit the Piazza Michealangelo (high above the city on the southeast bank of the Arno with stunning views)…at sunset. We planned our day around it. well that and the food and the shopping. We started out with a revisit to a favorite shop for scarves, and then a favorite…

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    e un terzo da Firenze.

    …the week is flying by! we spent yesterday as planned – a little shopping, gelato, pizza, wine and the Uffizi. And I have photos of all of it to share! I remembered waterlogue yesterday and had fun painting. Here you go: On the way to the restaurant… Then lunch at La Bussolo. We were delighted to learn that the restaurant’s owner also owns the apartment where we’re staying. We had two pizzas, both with whole wheat crust; one topped with tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella and the other with grilled vegetables. We spent the afternoon at the Uffizi – no photos allowed…but I snuck one of the ceiling. There is…

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    un altro da Firenze.

    …oh my, it just keeps getting better! here’s a quick look at the rest of Tuesday and Wednesday. Just after I published the last post, we headed to dinner at La Bussola. Quick mirror-check before we walk out the door. Sorry, no photos of our meal, but it was delicious. I’ve been taking photos of almost all the food, but I’m not happy with how most of them turn out (blaming the iPhone and the bad lighting!) We heard about this place because there was a bottle of their wine in the welcome basket from our apartment’s owner. It was a great recommendation – we enjoyed the food so much…

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    saluti da Firenze.

    …I realized as I was going through the photos from yesterday and today that having four of us here means a lot more people photos…and a lot more photos of me and Sara. and that makes me really happy. My first impression of Florence is that it is old. and it seems proud of it. Aging gracefully, if you will. The two girlfriends who’ve joined us here have known me since before both Katie and Sara were born. This city is the perfect celebration of long-time friendships, where you see the whole of life – good and bad and everything in between. All four of us arrived on little sleep…