Thursday, 19 June 2008

Florence

Florence....ahhhhhhhh.


Kids....arrrrgggghhhh!

We should never have expected to be able to stroll leisurely around the city, slowly perusing the shoe shops, or meander through the food markets stopping to inspect each stall, or possibly try some espresso and panforte whilst quietly watching the world go by...

We managed two hours in Florence before it got too much for Ana. So we saw the Duomo...


and the Ponte Vecchio...



We then hurried through the markets with Ana either screaming "out, out" when in her pram or running away when out of it (we try not to take it personally). We were meant to take in the Boboli Gardens, specially for the kids, but the traffic was horrendous and our navigation system kept trying to take us on streets we were not allowed to drive down. Until it all got a bit much and we very quickly made our way out of Florence to a Pizzeria overlooking some beautiful olive groves. We are thankful we are here for 6 months so there will be plenty of time to see Florence again. And the next time we'll plan for a shorter stay...or leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa when they are visiting...

It was 36 degrees today so it's heating up. Ralph has started painting (watercolours now rather than his usual acrylic) as well as producing bread every day. And yesterday he and Mathew made salami which now has to dry out for 2 months before we can eat it. The man is a god.

The day ended with two ferocious games of Pick up Sticks between Mathew and I. Who knew Pick up Sticks could evoke such dissension between mother and son? The decider will be held tomorrow

And for all those experiencing winter...the weather forecast for the next ten days is sun, sun, sun with an average temperature of 32 degrees. We may wish we have a pool!

1 comment:

Treehouse Dwellers said...

The photos are amazing!

The weather at least sounds gorgeous. Perhaps a sprinkler for the children would be fun. And with Florence so close I bet you will have time to fall in love w the place.