Residenza Le Rondini
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From there we walked over the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio, Florence's iconic bridge dating from 1345 (originally with butcher shops but since the 16th century a bunch of jewellery shops) and then across to the leather markets. We perused this market without making a purchase and note that they all seem to be in cahoots with each other - no room to bargain or flexibility with pricing. We walked past the Duomo on Piazza di San Giovanni ...
... we had at the hotel. They cooked a buffet for us of all the traditional food of the area. Pesto was invented here and by the way it tastes WAY better fresh then out of a jar like what we get at home!!! We had pesto lasagna, lots of different ways of cooking sardines (which I didn't indulge in), fish soup, rabbit, tempura style veggies, muscles, crab puffs and the list goes on. We also played a game of "two truths and a lie" with other members of ...
... and not even try to help her was insane. Me and my mom have our issues, but nowhere near this girl and her mom. The girl was sobbing and it was obvious the mom was a little drunk too. The family left, probably because they didn't want their baby anywhere near that girl and I don't blame them. The mom gave Ethan her phone and had him call a guy named Paul that was in their walking tour. They were from Oklahoma and were doing a tour of Italy and the mother told us that ...
... 10:20pm, I heard the first deep sizzle, followed seconds later by a deep bang. The only issue was that I saw nothing -- it turns out that they were lighting off the fireworks so far down the river that, from my position, you could not see them over the bridge.
Immediately, hundreds of people around me took off for the bridge and the nearby Uffizi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the show, for the other side of the bridge ...
... a meat and cheese platter with honey, then came our enormous steak (1 kilo) with roasted potatoes. For dessert was a delicious custard budino and they even had decaf espresso. The best part was, after such a long day, we were only 3ft from our front door.
A great meal to end a great (and last) day in Florence.
Total church count for the day: 5!