Giotto Park Hotel
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This week we took advantage of the mild temperatures to walk around parts of Florence that we had not yet seen. We stopped at the Scuola del Cuoio (Leather School) to view leatherworking in action. After World War II, the Franciscan monks created a "Boys Town" here to give war orphans the trade of making leather products. It was the first shop in what is now a thriving leather district. You can wander through the former dorms for monks, watch ...
... about 2 hours and then back on familiar turf headed back to the stables. For a fortifying 'red' back at the farmhouse. Michelle's lovely pink, waterproof jacket was filthy. Horse hair, dirt from the saddle ... you name it, it was on that coat. So with a peace offering of a bottle of Red and a large jar of locally produced Honey. We headed back to collect them. ( Michelle said it was an old jacket ... and their hotel had laundry facilities... ...... OK.) She ...
... meant only waiting 10 minutes not 90 minutes plus, so we had plenty of time to explore the place, dodge the tour groups and enjoy a refreshing drink on the rooftop cafeteria - brilliant!
Really quiet night in tonight, just a tad exhausted.
To answer some questions: Ken is coping well with the language, he bungs on an embarrassing Italian accent, sticks a vowel on the end of every other word and flaps his arms....no problemo!.
He can also read Italian where ...
... paintings would have looked gloomy and dark with centuries of accumulated candle and tobacco smoke. Now almost every canvas has a restoration date on its placard, and they are alive with their original and incredibly vibrant colours. We fortify ourselves at halfway with a quick coffee "al banco" at the café, and dive back in. Eventually we emerge into the sunlight, and I retrieve my pocketknife from the security desk — the first time I have been asked to leave it behind. ...
... Hence, purchasing the Firenze Pass, which allows you to skip the lines and gives you 72 hours to explore over 60 basilicas, galleries, museums and palaces, seemed like a no-brainer.
You would think it would be the week of kite surfing beforehand that would have taken its toll and would send my body into a familiar state of constant pain. In actuality, it was the endless standing, climbing steps, and admiring more art than I had ever seen in my collective 29 ...