Saturday, July 30, 2011

While I slept like a baby, I woke up exhausted on Saturday morning.  It had been an eventful couple of weeks and I had not taken time to slow down and relax.  I showered and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast in the hotel’s breakfast nook.  The lady who worked in the breakfast area, Marianna, remembered me each morning and brought me my daily latte.  I spent a couple of hours writing in my journal, making sure I captured the magic of the trip before it escaped my memories and became buried in the recesses of my mind.  That was enough work to warrant a nap since I declared today as “relaxation day.”  After my nap, I wrote some more and then took another nap.  Feeling refreshed, it was time to explore the city.

Today, I visited the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy. This is one of the oldest pharmacies, rumored to have been created by friars in 1221 when the Santa Maria Novella church was built.   This apothecary creates superior quality remedies, skin products and perfumes using recipes that are 800 years old.  The building is remarkable with vaulted ceilings, marble floors, stained glass windows, statues, pestles, mortars, gold gild everywhere – I felt transported to a much earlier time in history.

I walked around the town and took photos of life in Florence.  I was taken by the simple sights of the city – the beautiful gardens, the historic buildings and the artist painting, unaware of my intrusive gaze.

I love this photo – I am taking a photo of a painter and captured my reflection in the window as I took it.

The day flew by peacefully and I returned home to discover a wonderful restaurant right next to my hotel – Osteria de Pazzi.  I sensed I was about to enjoy a heavenly dinner.  I savored many courses and managed to capture some more memories in my Italy journal as I enjoyed the patio and intriguing tourists.  Tomorrow will be my final day in Italy.

 

Bruschetta on the Patio

 

Gorgonzola Gnocchi – YUMMY!

Chicken Piccata

Filling my Italy journal with memories