Wednesday, October 13, 2010

planes, trains, and automobiles - volume I

We had the trip of a lifetime in Italy. Our first stop was Florence.
I don't know that there are words to describe Florence. It's an old city with a young vibe. You can walk from one end of the city to the other (the downtown portion) in 30 minutes but you could never see everything you wanted to see. There are just too many trattorias, cafes, shops, and people to see everything. I now understand why everyone who has been to Florence says they could live there. I definitely could. 
{The Duomo in Florence. One of the most amazing sights I've ever seen!}

{The view from Hotel Porta Faenza. Would definitely recommend!}
{Thanks to Maggie and John for the excellent recommendation!}

{Main mode of transportation #1}

{Main mode of transportation #2}

{The Arno River... provides a beautiful walk through Florence}

{Yup. A tourist with a book. Oh well!}

{The Boboli Gardens}

{The Boboli Gardens were beautiful but the main reason we went was to see this breathtaking view of Florence. We couldn't get enough}

{My handsome man!}

There are literally hundreds of more photos which will be posted to Facebook soon. This is just a taste of Florence. 
Acouple of things I learned from the women of Florence: 

1. It's a little bit like New York City in that most of the women wear blacks and neutrals.

2. With that said, they all wear fabulous pashminas and scarves. Definitely inspiring.

3. Florence women don't primp over their hair like American women. They wear their hair in messy buns & braids. No straightened or curled hair for most of them. I may be giving my hair dryer up for good!

 Next up on our tour of Italy - the Castello de Verazzano wine tour in Tuscany!


Kelly said...

Ahhh, so amazing :-D I can tell that your vacation wrap up is going to be SO fun to read ;-)

mrs.mfc said...

Isn't Florence amazing?? Loved it there!! Can't wait to see more pictures!!!

Leslie said...

AHH! Looks Amazing and you two are too cute! Love Guy sporting the scarf!

~KS said...

I love your pics.... how long was the flight over there?? I need to find a way to stop freaking out about flying or I will never get to go anywhere!!
How was the food?? I can't imagine living in the country that is home to my fave cuisine. I think I would weigh 500 pounds if I lived in Italy.

Marian said...

Ah, it looks amazing!!! How beautiful!! And no hair dryers or straighteners....sign me up!! Though I'm sure their messy hair/braids/buns would put mine to shame:)

Smiling is Good for your Teeth said...

I am your newest fan from what im loving wednesday!

Italy is my absolutely favorite place!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!

bananas. said...

god i wish i could wear my hair in a messy braid or bun but i would look like a hot mess. boo...guess i would never fit in in florence. that's too bad because it's absolutely breathtaking!

Holly said...

stunning views on those last 2 shots, for sure. like, hi, am i really here? or just looking at a postcard?

i remember the killer shopping in florence!

Lindsay said...

So gorgeous!! I feel like I need to go there NOW!

drollgirl said...

oh you lucky thing! you must have had the time of your life! i am DYING to go to italy!

Collins said...

hmmm...just when i was thinking i need to start drying my hair! can't wait to catch up and hear all about your trip. :)

JMay said...

Italy is so beautiful! Looks like you guys had fun :-) We're going back there next summer, cannot wait!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Aweeesommmmmmeeeee. lucky.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Welcome home!! I love Florence and am dying to go back! Can't wait to see more pics!