Florence: Galleries & Gelato

I almost didn’t make it into the Uffizi Gallery because of an oversight. I was apparently supposed to get a placeholder ticket before standing in line and I didn’t know that. It wasn’t until I got to the entrance that I realized that people ahead of me were exchanging a placeholder ticket for an official […]

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Florence Meltdown

My last full day in Florence was a Sunday. I woke up early in the morning and after breakfast, walked to the Accademia Gallery. I’d been told to expect long lines on this day but there weren’t many people queuing up at the time I arrived. The reason the first Sunday of the month holds […]

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Florence V: Just My Luck- Part 3

New Generation Festival-Night II During intermission, I head to the food station in the garden with Anne and she helps me place my order in Italian. Anne enjoys a gelato while I eat my vegetarian sandwich and we have a lively discussion about her experiences living in Italy. When I get back to my seat […]

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Florence V: Just My Luck- Part 2

New Generation Festival-Night II First came his violin. Then his voice speaking mutedly to whoever is beside him. I am unable to see him due to a structural obstruction and when he soon walks up to the stage I still can’t see him at all. He is basically wedged between two large statues, one of […]

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Florence V: Just My Luck

New Generation Festival-Night II When my alarm wakes me up, I head to the bathroom to get ready and this time I am not as nervous as I get dressed. I don’t try to leave a bit earlier as I did the night before and I don’t even put as much effort (or time) into […]

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Florence IV: Sugar, Spice, & Everything Nice

Today I decided to do a Florence walk following the *Rick Steves Audio-guide tour. I started with the Duomo which I finally got to see in full for the first time and ended up circling around the church before I found the starting point. It is beautiful but I did not end up entering the […]

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Florence III: Opening Night Continued

New Generation Festival-Night I I find the second half of the opera to be much more enjoyable than the first and once the show ends, I go in search of the restroom. When I come out, I make my way to the room where a Jazz band is set up for the next phase of […]

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Florence II: Elevated Spirit

I started the day with a little foray in San Lorenzo Market. On the walk there I unknowingly deviated from the path the map was taking me through but I only realized it once I saw that I was closing in on the Duomo. I turned off maps and considered just scrapping the San Lorenzo […]

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Florence I: Joy, Grace, Pleasure & Heart

When I arrived in Florence today there was almost a snafu with my luggage but I managed to get through it and make it to the shuttle stop with minimal fuss. At the pickup spot I met three Americans who were super cool and had just rounded up a trip in Paris prior to arriving […]

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