Beautiful Florence

As some of you know, I recently went on a Contiki tour of Italy.  I always thought I wasn’t the sort of person who would do a Contiki, because I am not a partier.  However, when I got on the tour I realised, that despite all of our differences, we were all similar – looking to experience the culture, history and food of Italy.

The Contiki tour was probably one of my favourite holidays away.  I made some, I hope, lifelong friends.

One of my favourite stops would have to be Florence.

We were there for about 2 days and I absoloutely loved it, despite the short timeline we had there.

Florence was beautiful, it had a slower pace of life than a large city like Rome.  But it was still interesting and had stunning architecture and lots of good shops.

On the first night there, I went to a disco.  Let’s just say that was an interesting experience.  Sipping my Vodka Soda, I faded into the background.  I did go and dance (because who doesn’t love to let loose and dance?) but left pretty sharpish with one of my friends.  It wasn’t my scene..to put it bluntly.  We were told it was University night, so I was expecting lots of good looking, young Italian men.  Instead, there were a whole lot of, what looked like, 15 year olds.

The next morning we left bright and early for a leather demonstration at Leonardo’s.  It was very interesting and I am now totally confused as to how to tell the difference between real leather and faux leather.

I bought a really nice ring at Leonardo’s.  It is a puzzle ring and, rumour has it, a King long ago bought one for his wife to find out if she was cheating on him.  She took it off to have a bit of fun time with a lover, and then couldn’t get it back on.  It is actually a really pretty ring, it’s a bit of a pain when it falls apart and it takes me AGES to put it back together.  So, I usually just keep it in a box where it won’t fall apart.

After the leather demonstration, we headed back to the city centre to go on a walking tour.  It was interesting, but because there were so many others on the tour, I was never really able to stop and take photos or admire anything.  We finally got some free time and I went to see the David with some other people on the tour.  There were so many sassy statues around, so I just had to take photos of some of them.

I then walked, with a couple of friends, up a huge hill in Florence to see the city.  And how beautiful it was!

I enjoyed a gelato (a bit of a treat for walking such a big hill) and then we made our way back down.

That night the rest of the group was going for a Tuscan dinner.  I stayed behind because I just felt like a night in, but I caught up with them at Karaoke later that evening.

A group of us, who didn’t go to the Tuscan dinner, went out for a quiet bite to eat.

Karaoke was interesting, but I left pretty early with some other friends…

Florence, is definitely a place I’d love to go back to and just spend a good few, slow, days, getting to know the city and all it has to offer.

 

 

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