Monday, 26 October 2015

Florence

After much research we decide to throw caution to the wind and drive straight in to an Italian city, this one being Firenze
The faithful App and its contributors lead me to an urban enclosed parking spot just 2km from the main sights of the city. After 'threading' our arrangement through the barriers and sharp turns we lock it all up and head for town



We are thrown in to a world of scooters as they are everywhere and constantly perform circus stunts to avoid tourists and those crazy car drivers…


What level of control this guy had is unsure but he looked the part


So the bridge, or should I say Ponte Vecchio, is our first stop as its rammed with jewellery shops and freshly licked windows


Step away Nina….



The Palazzo Vecchio towers over the malls




One for you Julie...


More windshield than scooter..


Jimmy Nail must be in town


The Cathedral in all its glory


The Campanile Di Giotto





Last time we were here we walked up the bell tower and almost died through exhaustion
Much nicer to view from below and healthier..


Leather shops again dominate and the aroma is everywhere


Closely followed by loads of these..


And endless pizza sellers


Nina discovers a dedicated leather market and all is lost for a while





Refreshment is sourced from a couple of bars where the wine prices where sensible I have to say, we stayed clear of this menu as we seem to have switched to wine since our arrival in Italy






As the sun went down on a long day's city strolling and after having a nice meal at a ristorante, entertained by our American neighbours, we select this little corner bar for a nightcap
Nina plucks up the courage to go ask for 'due bicchierra vino rossi per favori' and the guy returns with huge glasses of the red stuff
All is tranquil until I go to pay and he presents a €16.00 bill
Bad Karma my friend….


We soldier on, cos thats what brits do, and trudge uphill back to the van
I have a brainwave and decide to don more sensible shoes and go seek some nighttime shots of the city


It was a 5km round trip at midnight and we must have been mad but pleased we did it
So with traffic and city noise ebbing away we turned in at 2am…
Exhausted teddies...