Mum says she has no recollection of Osaka even though she had been there before. That is precisely why I blog.
After spending two nights in sunny Ragusa, we decided to move northwards. We picked Florence because the town is easy to explore on foot. We had only 2 nights there.
The flight from Catania to Pisa took about an hour. Thereafter, it was another hour's journey to Florence by train.
hotel , which is close to the Duomo, after a short walk from the train station.
Even though we walked past the Duomo several times a day, the massive building never failed to keep us in awe. The cathedral dome dominates the skyline of Florence, with its eight white ribs against a background of terracotta tiles. Close up, it is so huge as to be quite overwhelming. Pity we did not venture inside.
Florence is always filled with tourists. Coming from the idyllic South, we found the crowd unsettling. Everyday, we walked by lines of people waiting to get into the museums or pushed through groups of tourists led by their leader. These days, the tourists wear earphones so the guide need not have to shout.
|Many street vendors around the Duomo.
|There were even horses in the town square!
|Mushroom and pork loin.
|Pizza, pastry and coffee for breakfast.
We were happy to walk right into a flower market!
|Fresh basil and herbs.
|This busker had the sweetest dog.
|Such a good natured dog. How we adore her!
|Her name is Gulia.
|For the wealthy, there are lots of places to splurge.
|For the gourmand, there is a restaurant or gelateria everywhere you turn.
|For the nature lover, there is the Boboli Gardens.
|Shop window display.
|Roast chicken, beer and olives for lunch.
|A hotel's garden.
|For breakfast the next morning, we had the typical ham and cheese sandwich - very popular with the Italians.
|Our last meal in Florence was the ubiquitous spaghetti bolognese. Sitting next to our table was a German couple with their jack russell pups. Seeing them made me miss my Rusty and I was glad we would be home in less than 24 hours.
|The not-so-nice spaghetti.
|Thank you for reading my stories. We had a great time in Italy and hope to inspire you to visit some day.