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7 Jul 2014

FLORENCE, CITY I LOVE

This was a trip long-awaited, and the day after my birthday we flew out at an ungodly hour to Bologna and hopped on a train forty minutes to Florence. We were back.

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, river Arno
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report

Straight off to see Jarv's "shoe guy" (Roberto Ugolini, a renowned artisan shoemaker, who has been working on a pair of shoes for Jarvis for, oh, the last two years now).

After half an hour of shoe aficionados talking shoe business (whilst I lolloped about uselessly in the armchair dreaming of lunch), we decided to stay South of the river and enjoy lunch in a busy restaurant nearby.

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, cold cuts
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, ravioli

Afterwards, we decided to explore the Boboli Gardens (something we hadn't gotten around to doing the last two times we were here), where I turned into the nightmare girlfriend, grumbling about the heat and sweat and frustratingly itchy mosquito bites that had accumulated on my legs.

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, Boboli Gardens
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, Boboli Gardens
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, Boboli Gardens
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, Boboli Gardens

Pausing long enough, though, to appreciate the beauty of the gardens!

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, Boboli Gardens
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, Boboli Gardens
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, Boboli Gardens

After we'd escaped the evil clutches of the mosquitoes, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the city towards our favourite rooftop bar, treating ourselves to gelato and appreciating the city's beauty on our way.

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, architecture
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, city view, rooftop bar

We spent the next two hours sprawled lazily (and rather giddily) across this corner of the city.

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, city view, rooftop bar
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, city view, rooftop bar
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, city view, rooftop bar
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, city view, rooftop bar
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, aperol spritz, rooftop bar
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report

Finally, our apartment was ready for check-in and 7pm had rolled around, so we meandered back towards the Duomo. Coming across some interesting characters on the way:

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report

The apartment (booked via airbnb) was fabulous - situated literally 50m away from the Duomo. If you've ever been to Florence, you'll know that everything is pretty walkable, but to be so close to the Duomo was such a pleasure. To be able to spring up off the sofa and say, "Let's go for a walk!" and have a midnight stroll by the magnificent piece of history was something I'll treasure forever. But more on that later.

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, airbnb apartment
Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, airbnb apartment

We settled in, changed clothes for dinner, and off we went. I'll introduce you to the place next time!

Euriental - Florence, Italy, travel blogger, trip report, from where I stand, D&G dress, Zara heels


7 comments :

  1. I love how original your photos look. Many bloggers who go to Florence (even the top tier ones seem unable to take photos of anything but the touristy spots! I haven't been; I've wanted to and this a real incentive. Great original photos!

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    1. Thank you - what a wonderful comment to receive! A huge motivation for blogging (for me, anyhow) is the hope that I can inspire someone somehow. I hope you do go to Florence, it's such a gorgeous city.

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  2. Looks like such a lovely city to visit and the apartment looks fab, I love how the bed is up another level!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Oh, it is, Corinne, I'd recommend it to anyone. I loved that about the flat, too - great space saver and it's pretty fun! X

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  3. Great view and food dear :D

    WWW.PUTRIVALENTINALIM.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  4. You have great taste, La Terrazza the Continental's rooftop bar is so amazing! The service, music and views...it doesn't get any better. It looks like you had a great time in town and that the weather held out for you. Where to next?

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    1. Thank you, Tiana! I agree - isn't it awesome up there on a sunny day? We were so lucky, the forecasted thunderstorm held off for us (until our flight home, with a long delay and lots of turbulence, haha). Next, we're off to Spain. Are you headed anywhere this summer?

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