Saturday, May 17, 2014

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 shop for handpainted leather bags. I love that we've only been here since Monday and we already have "favorite" shops!

Lunch was a new place, though, a Mozzarella Bar. Second thing I love about Florence is that they have cheese bars. We had a "tasting plate" featuring three kinds of mozzarella; we added a pesto tasting and a basket of focaccia. oh my.


After lunch, we wandered, shopped a bit more and made our way to Santa Croce in the late afternoon. This is the oldest church in the city, but I wasn't in a church mood. Francie and Sue toured...and Sara and I had coffee. The good stuff started after with a visit to the gelateria our food lovers guidebook recommended. I had salted caramel and mascarpone and it was by far my best combo (of course I can't imagine anything not being delicious with salted caramel!)

..and then the views and the climb and the sunset. This first view is just after we crossed the river; I was enchanted by the relection.

And from the piazza


The gathering on the steps was a huge part of the fun. I think the combined age of our party was significantly more than...just about everyone else - take wine and cups and cameras...and if you're not too vain, a pillow, the stone steps get hard!


...and finally the sunset.



we left the piazza just before the light so we could see the sunset reflected in the river.



I'm so glad Sara wanted to do this...like the 463 steps we climbed on Tuesday to see the city from the Duomo, this view and the accompanying experience are memories I'll always treasure. 

Today we visited Santa Maria Novella - glad I was over my pout about paying to see a church - it was beautiful.

...had pizza (back at La Busolla - our 3rd visit and still delicious) and gelato.
shopped and got back early to pack.

We have a long layover in Paris tomorrow and if there's wifi, I'll post...otherwise it'll be next week and back home. and I am really so...not ready.  Ciao!

5 comments:

  1. What a perfect ending to a wonderful trip. Thanks so much for sharing. Thoroughly enjoyed it all! Welcome Home!
    Cheers~

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  2. That cheese plate? You're killing me. The sunset is pretty good, too.

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  3. All the food is killing me! It looks so very delicious. And the views?! Spectacular!! The reelection in the river, the sunset and then the sun on the water. You saw the best of the best! Thank you for sharing it all!

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  4. a cheese bar?! be still my heart. love that you found people willing to take photos of the 4 of you-such spectacular views.

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  5. I just saw your blog post on Ravely and it caught my eye. We were in Florence at the same time. My girlfriend and I traveled to Rome, Florence and Certaldo (Tuscany) for a week of cooking classes. Wasn't Florence fantastic. Seeing your photos was fun. I had many of the same experiences.

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