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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence April 16th 2022

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you are planning a trip there (spending 2 days in Florence is the perfect city break), you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions about what to see and do. In this blog post, I will provide an overview of 10 of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence. Whether you are interested in art, history, or just want to see some amazing sights, Florence has something for everyone! 01. Florence cathedral The Florence Cathedral, also known as the Duomo, is one of the most iconic and popular tourist attractions in Florence. This beautiful cathedral is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. It is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and its dome is the largest masonry dome in the world. The interior of ... read more
Ufizzi Galleries
Basilica Santa Croce

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence April 16th 2022

Friday, April 15, 2022 Port of Civitavecchia, Rome We HATE travel days. Neither of us sleeps the night before; afraid we’ll miss the alarm. The seas were calm, my back is getting better (with medicine) daily. Nevertheless – we awoke EXHAUSTED which is never a good thing. Everything is packed, our luggage is off the ship and we have a “few” bags to carry out…. meaning we have a TON of stuff! Does it multiply when we sleep? Why is nothing fitting into the suitcase? UGH…I’m SO OVER IT. Christopher arranged with Black Lane to pick us up at 9:30am at the port. We were off the ship at 8:15am. Oh well, better to wait than to be late, right? Well, that’s how WE feel. Time, Christopher, and I wait for no-one; and we don’t expect ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence April 16th 2022

NEWSFLASH Remember that shirt I have spoken of that eluded us throughout Spain?, in Firenze at Massimo Dutti Christopher bought the LAST one in his size! He is over the moon (frankly, so am I). Finally found that darned shirt. EVVIVA.... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence January 21st 2022

Here we are for our next romantic stop, I name Florence. We spent a last night in Venice...out of the bus from Cortina late afternoon, and next morning on the train to Florence. So last easy local dinner in Venice before our next stop. The train ride is short of three hours and we were staying next to the train station for our last night in Venice. So here we are in sunny and much warmer Florence. Last time I took the train from Venice to Florence was back in 1996 and it took forever. Very different story this time, they even come around with some complimentary snacks....but no bubbles! Our new crib is the super classy St Regis. Let's not comment too much on the super suite upgrade. We have the place to ourselves and ... read more
Another beautiful day in Italy...
On top of the Duomo
Lovely breakfast at the St Regis...

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Livorno December 27th 2021

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa December 14th 2021

No I don't feature in one of Agatha Christie's books as one of the famous murderers who kills victims by poisoning them with Atropa Belladonna, a poisonous plant more commonly known as Deadly Nightshade. Nor have I become the third gardener to accompany the two gardeners / detectives Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme in the British TV series Rosemary & Thyme. I have however become quite the detective when it comes to Medicinal Plants, but through a less scandalous and more simplistic way than by carrying out a murder. I simply visited the Botanical Gardens in Palermo, those of Naples and those of Pisa, instead. I've become fascinated by the medicinal properties of plants, especially those from the Asteracea family.This has inspired me to write four short articles on 4 plants from the Asteracea family, with ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany December 10th 2021

BIBLIOGRAPHY INFORMATION BOARDS : ●The Botanical Gardens of Naples ●The Botanical Gardens of Pisa WEBSITES : ● ● ● ● ● ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence August 12th 2021

Wednesday Eric and I took off on Air France with a brief stop in Paris on our way to Florence, Italy. Five minutes into the drive to the airport, I got an alert on my phone saying our flight was delayed 4 hours, so we went back home. We were going to miss the second leg of our trip, so I nervously waited for everything to be rearranged and rebooked, and fortunately it was all smoothed out in time. The flight and stop were uneventful, though Paris CDG airport was under construction and we felt very rushed going through security a second time and making our way to the other concourse. The Thursday midday landing in Florence was extremely abrupt, and I overheard the flight attendant mention to a mother with small children that the runway ... read more
Street art

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 19th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Je commence par répondre à la question, pour communiquer te sers tu google?. De temps en temps pour traduire un mot que je ne connais pas en anglais, où comme ici en italien, mais le plus souvent je me tais, par manque d'envie de communiquer avec des gens qui ne me plaisent pas, et c'est souvent la cas. Depuis une semaine, pas de tv, pas d'infos, sauf les grands titres, en ouvrant le portail internet. Je me disais, hier dans la voiture, que je pourrais peut-être modifier mon programme et que plus tôt que d'aller en Albanie, Grèce etc etc , je pourrais aller tout au sud de l'Italie en Sicile, revenir par la Sardaigne et ensuite soit par Gêne ou la Corse. Ce serais peut-être plus sage. Comme ça se passe pas ... read more
Michel-Ange de David de nuit
Chiesa di  Frediano
logia dei Frescobaldi

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 18th 2021

Bonjour à tous, Hier au soir j'ai enfin trouvé le restaurant conseillé par Denis. Lui m'avait indiqué via????mais c'était vialle ???. Excellente adresse, pour manger, mais 45 minutes pour garer le voiture, j'étais sur le bord de renoncer, quand enfin une place. Au resto, le patron me dit en français, c'est samedi, on refuse en permanence, oui, mais c'est Denis qui m'envoie chez vous, alors patienté 2 minutes, qui se sont transformées en 20-25. J'ai patienté car je voyais défilé des plats qui me tentaient beaucoup, et ma nectarine du midi était loin. Enfin assis, j'attendais qu'on prenne la commande, lorsqu'il est revenu, avec un gars, un vieux, peut être plus jeune que moi, c'est un ami, je le mets avec toi. Ce gars connaissait la table d'à côté. Finalité, comme j'étais français, j'ai eu 6 ... read more
Baptistère Saint Jean
Piazza della  Signoria
Cathédrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

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