Saturday, December 6, 2008

Firenze Update Continued

Ok, we've unpacked the suitcases, taken care of the bills, and run our errands; it is now time for me to finish my updates.

During my last Europe update, I told you about our early morning arrival in Florence. Unable to check in at the hotel, we stored our big suitcases at the hotel and set out in search of a laundromat. The laundry was finished by 9 am, so we dropped our sack of clean clothes off at the hotel and went in search of food and entertainment. Food was easy to find, every fifth store front was a cafe. So we popped into one and enjoyed strong espresso and delicious pastry. When you go into a cafe in Europe, you will notice that there are two prices for everything. One price is the to-go price and the other higher price is the price to sit at a table and eat your food. I guess this system makes sense, pay for what you use--chair, table, space. Since we didn't have anyplace to go, we opted to pay the higher price and enjoy sitting for a few minutes.

At the laundromat


Fueled up, we were off. At 9:30 in the morning, the city seemed to be waking up. Grates were starting to be pushed back from store fronts, street cleaners were scrubbing the streets, and people were briskly walking in every direction.

A Jar Of Nutella Bigger Than My Head!!



We wandered the winding streets for the next few hours, anxious to unpack our bags and pull out the warmer clothes. It was starting to get cold.

Finally at noon, we checked in. That's when the envitable happened....the flu hit. Hung looked pale, had a chill he couldn't shake and only wanted to sleep. I ran to our zip lock full of medicine, grabbed some Theraflu, and crossed my fingers that we could knock this flu out quickly. For the rest of the day, Hung slept while I read a book. The next morning, the flu was gone and Hung was ready to get out there and see the city. Phew!

Picture of Florence from our hotel room--Not a bad view for a 3 star hotel near the train station!



We spent our day touring the Uffizi Gallery, crossing the Ponte Vecchio, and enjoying Tuscan food and wine.

Hallway in the Uffizi Gallery

A nice glass of Chianti

Tasted so good...our half litre was gone too quickly.
A very little car parked on the sidewalk--makes the mini look like a beast.

-amb

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