The Duomo is Florence’s gothic cathedral and some say it’s the city’s geographical and spiritual heart. It’s stunning. It’s not far from where I’m staying and so I get to see it every day to get wherever I’m going.
I’m having fun learning my way around. I’ve been trying to do it without looking at a map all the time but each day I get so hot (it’s been in the 80s) and my feet and legs ache from all the walking and I’ve taken so many wrong turns (so much for thinking I have a good sense of direction) that I now pull out my map as soon as I’m unsure. But it is coming together and I have more moments of “oh, I see where I am.” There are monumental and historic sites everywhere you turn as well as little winding vias. Today I impressed myself and found two bookstores that sell books in English and a supermarket, Conads, where I bought a salad and more cheese wrapped in prosciutto and biscottis. I also bought a nice bottle of Sangiovese di Toscana for only 3,9 euros.
My room is large and sunny with a shower, sink, bidet and a LavAzza espresso machine! I have a lovely view of the terrace from my room (picture on last post.)
Mio Albergo (hotel) is run by a sweet couple, Pino and Carmel. Pino is Italian and Carmel is from Boston’s Italian North End. Carmel is fluent in Italian and her English has a Boston accent. They’ve run this place since the early 90’s. Yesterday afternoon when I got home she was in the kitchen/dining room area (which is on the way to my room) watching a French film on a small television and he was sunbathing on the terrace…so European, I thought.
Carmel has invited me out with her girlfriends some night for wine and cheese or Prosecco. Tonight they’ve invited me to a party on the terrace. I’m thinking it’s just for the guests here…will see…
Lastly for today -the language. I studied some Italian at home and in my car with a language cd and phrase book and thought I was picking up a lot but every time someone asks me something in Italian, I freeze, and then I want to flee, and then I think of an answer in Spanish. Oy vey, I hope I relax a little and start taking more risks with the language. Here’s what I do know:
Ciao – informal hi and/or bye
Buongiorno – hello
Buonasera – good evening
Buonanotte – good night
Arrivederci – good bye
One response to “Florence”
Beautiful, Donna – and, of course, you are already making friends 🙂 xoxo