Saturday, August 27, 2011

[ med cruise day 3 - florence ]

No. 3 ~ Florence, Italy



THE SHIP docked in Livorno and we had the choice of visiting Pisa or Florence. We decided on Florence and boarded a bus for the 1 1/2 hour ride into town. It's a beautiful place, filled with gorgeous views, art, statues and architecture.

First stop: a cappuccino and a pastry to start our day. The cafe we chose was in the centre of the square, with a direct view of statues and fountains.










The lines to museums were long and so we just toured around the quaint little streets.












A great place to shop for anything leather...





or stock up on gold from any of the gold shops on Ponte Vecchio...




All that walking and shopping worked up an appetite and so we stopped for some Italian pizzas for a late lunch and soaked in the amazing views from our table...





A lovely few hours spent in the romantic heart of tuscany.

lisa

next stop ~ Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii


14 comments:

Meeling said...

My favorite city!!! I love Florence...we were there for 4-1/2 days and I could have stayed for 4-1/2 weeks! The Duomo is magnificent...we climbed all the way to the top and the views were outstanding.

How lovely!!!

Razmataz said...

It looks marvelous. It must have been lovely to get away from the heat of Dubai and see all these lovely places.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I.want.to.go.there!!!!!
Oh man, I can't stand all the wonderful goodness. What an amazing trip! I am loving to get a little glimpse of your European holiday!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I lived in Floence for a summer in college and LOVED it. Thank you for bringing back the memories of a great summer! You captured it beautifully

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

I love following your trip! It's bringing back so many memories from our European backpacking adventure. I love Florence, and enjoyed seeing all your photos of it. Of course, the pizza killed me! I had the best pizza of my life in Florence :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

You choose wisely Pisa after 15 minutes your done. Florence is by far my favorite place, your pictures are amazing!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I was there when I was 17. It's beautiful! Also leather Heaven!
Thanks for taking me back, Lisa.
~Lynne
[w/L]

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

So much beauty...thanks for sharing!

InteriorGroupie said...

yummm you had me at pastry, but that pizza also looks delicious! Your photos are beautiful, I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I am so enjoying your trip! You have captured Florence perfectly. The art and statues are unbelievable to see and I'm also so happy that you showed current life in Florence too.
Loving your trip. Happy to be your newest follower.

Debby said...

Florence is the top city in Italy I want to see! It looks like the perfect place to explore. Food, culture, shops, architecture... nothing else needed!! xo

SHERRY HART said...

WOW...Florence looks wonderful. We are planning a trip to Italy next September and that is on our list!

quintessence said...

If anything has the power to move me to daydream about the realization of teleports, perusing beautiful pictures of foreign cities is it! Feeling very envious of your wonderful trip and glad to have you back!

Meagan said...

And we did Florence and Tuscany this summer! ha ha - great minds think alike! Love that we have been to some of the same places, pictures look very very similar. Ha ha...
meagan

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