Firenze, Firenze

Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Sunday, June 22, 2008

Firenze, Firenze!!
Well, well, well..... 
After visiting my cousin and friends in Ferrara I headed to Florence (Firenze) for a fashion show among other things. I'll get to that in a bit. So, I met up with a cousin I hadn't seen since the 90's (don't say it). He just finished studying architecture and is preparing for his professional exams. He and a friend, Stephan, showed me around the city. It was a spectacular city that is completely surrounded by a mid-evil wall, supposedly the oldest of its type in the whole of Europe. The city was actually a papal city and therefore not in need of defense (well at least the castle in the center of the city didn't need defending). Anyone who dared invade the castle would have to fight all of the faithful (I guess you could compare it to the Haj in Mecca or maybe even Palestine or Jerusalem). Thats a different kind of wall though : ), and it doesn't seem to be stopping any fighting. So after the city tour, we of course had a panini and cafe, always great I might add. So after some rest we were off to a concert. Before the concert we went to Apperativi. So this concept is kind of like happy hour, but only it lasts many an hour, and the food is great and free (so people are actually... happy), You could come for one drink and stay for hours. College kids do this several times a week in order to save money on eating out. The funny thing is,.. the free food here, is actually better than much of the food elsewhere. So... more rest... Then, since Wed night is also college night. In Ferrara college students are almost forced to go out and be social. The social dynamic are altogether different, its actually.... well.... social. There is no in or out crowd, everyone is just everyone, quite a neat concept. Everyone is always so nice... you always want to go out. After a quick nap, we headed off to a concert. It was awesome!!

Firenze was even better. Of course I had to do a little searching for a hotel room since I had no reservation. No ti preoccupe (I found one with little stress and ended up meeting great people there). I quickly headed over to the castle in the center of town for some photos. As I was walking over to it, I kept seeing all these guys and girls that looked like they were stepping out of a Valentino or Armani magazine. It turns out, they actually did. It was Florence's annual fashion and design show. Damn.. the castle was were the expo was held and therefore off limits to the public. Moreover, I was quite intrigued about the show and wanted to get in. How was I going to do this though....
After all, everybody who was anybody, was there and I... of course was a nobody. The next day, I went up to the registration lady and told them I was studying fashion at Milan's (and therefore the world's greatest) fashion institute but had forgot my ID. After many a smile, I registered, and they let me in. WOWWWWWWWWW
There were so many great things behind those castle walls. Just check out all the pics. It was amazing. I never had seen so many wonderful designs. Tons of classic Ferraris (and other cars I had never heard of), Jets, and of course cloths, shoes, and everything. Of course much of this stuff will never hit the US. Why, I guess some of the style are not transatlantic. Some of it will be hitting the streets next year, so keep a look out. Of course after seeing hundreds of designers, I had choosen a few of my favorites, among them D.A.T.E, Re-Hash, Nixon, and Converse (yes... converse). After scouring Florence for a few hours, I was even able to pick up a few things for my own collection. Look out... and just check out the pics.....after all they are worth a thousand words....
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