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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Cheeseburgers in Pradise

Mon, 26 Oct 2015, 06:35 AM (-06:00)

Ok. Enough of that. We’ve got a trip to finish. If you’re still with me, it was morning in Florence. Early morning. It was time to catch the train. Trudy and I got up well before the dawn, packed our bags and walked to the train station pulling them behind us, grateful for the sidewalks […]

If I Had A Pencil in My Hand

Sun, 25 Oct 2015, 09:14 PM (-06:00)

1. If I Had a Pencil If I had a pencil in my hand and a piece of paper in front of me, I might scribble something. A big soft-leaded pencil, maybe, that could make dark black lines across the page. Except that isn’t true. I wouldn’t make dark black marks. And if I had […]

The Day in Cartoons

Sun, 11 Oct 2015, 03:00 PM (-06:00)

Our last day in Florence was full of art and architecture and of sculptures and gardens. We didn’t take in nearly enough — so much to see; so little time. I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say about that day. Still, I’d like to share some of it. So I’ll walk you thru a […]

Paolo’s Club del Gusto

Sat, 10 Oct 2015, 09:32 PM (-06:00)

1. The Hunger It was early afternoon on our last day in Florence. We had postponed lunch, and now I could feel the hunger rising. “I just need a sandwich,” I mumbled as we walked down the narrow Via de Neri. At that moment, I noticed people on the other side of the street sitting […]

Mighty Fine Breakfast

Sat, 10 Oct 2015, 07:29 PM (-06:00)

I’ve talked about it perhaps too much — how every morning we were in search of a hearty breakfast and how we had good success most mornings. This last full day in Florence was no exception.  Let me show you what I mean… Just look at the satisfaction on Trudy’s face. And just look at […]

Lost and Found Pants

Fri, 9 Oct 2015, 08:42 PM (-06:00)

On the agenda at the beginning of this day in Florence was a trip to the laundromat. As it happened, there was one just down the street from where we were staying. So before going to breakfast at Caffè Il Sole, we took our bag of dirty clothes down the street to try our luck […]

Amazing Day part 4: Dinner

Mon, 5 Oct 2015, 10:35 PM (-06:00)

Dinner at Ostria Pepò. Having arrived on American time, before the rest of the city was ready for dinner, we got the best table in the house. We sat up in front at a corner table looking out on the street. I ordered penne. Trudy ordered chicken cacciatore and a glass of wine. We relaxed […]

Amazing Day part 3: Climbing Il Duomo

Mon, 5 Oct 2015, 08:18 PM (-06:00)

When we got to the cathedral, a line of people stretched away from the cathedral and wound around the piazza. Frankly, it was too long to be worth it. But, we had bought Firenze Cards, red plastic credit card sized cards that get you into museums “free” and (bonus!) let you go to the front […]

Amazing Day part 2

Sun, 4 Oct 2015, 10:21 AM (-06:00)

Our lunches came with dessert. Mine was a a glass of fruit. Trudy’s was some kind of pudding thing. Afterwards we were rested and quite content, ready to tackle the rest of the day. “Well, so where should we go next?” I asked. Heh. Where should we go. The right question would have been, Where […]

Amazing Day part 1

Fri, 2 Oct 2015, 10:13 PM (-06:00)

Prelude. This was to be our big day in Florence. The big day of the trip in a way, except that every day had been so big. It was hard then and is hard now to imagine days so packed with … So packed. Amazing days. And this was to be a big one. And […]