Nora and family are in Italy for two weeks and she’s sharing the experience with us all. Sit back and enjoy!
Another gorgeous evening, so warm and breezy. After a long day of walking–12,000 steps by the end of it according to Kat’s fit bit–the little trattoria nearby is perfect. I’ve got a hankering for Florentine steak, but know I can’t fit an entire T-Bone in. But they have a smaller deal–steak strips done in a balsamic sauce with rosemary–and rosemary roasted potatoes.
What an inspired choice, even if I couldn’t eat all of it. The potatoes taste exactly like the ones I often do at home, which is pretty damn good if I do say so myself, but the steak! I don’t think we could duplicate it. Just marvelous.
And we splurge on a bottle of Barolo. Absolutely gorgeous.
There are shooting stars the next three night, but the sky over the city, at least, was too overcast. I make due once we’re back with a little sky/people watch from our little balcony. People come and go, come and go, and near midnight I see an old man shuffling along with a shopping bag and a briefcase. I wonder what work he does that brings him home so late. He slowly, slowly, lets himself into the outside door of the apartments across the street. Fatigue is in every movement.
I hope he got as good a night’s sleep as I did.
Up late for me–vacation!!!–and start my day off with a mix of pilates/yoga/ballet moves courtesy of one of my Jennifer Kries DVDs. BW’s down at breakfast, so I’ll clean myself up and get ready for the day.
We’re going to visit a nearby museum and its exhibit of Renaissance art, and I want to go back to the lady and her shop with the many pretty bags. We have reservations for the fast track through the lines of the Uffizi tomorrow, and will do the same for The Academie later this week. We hope to get ourselves up and out early one day for The Duomo, as our marvelous concierge recommends. Then there’s the can’t miss Pitti Palace. Lots to see and do!
It looks like another perfect blue sky to explore under today.