Florence - day 24
Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
24Trip End Nov 13, 2011
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city and museum tour
there's this chick at work who i like (rare, true facts), and when i told her i had planned 3 days in venice, she said that'd be a bit useless and that my time would be better spent in florence...i haven't been to venice yet, but i am soooo glad i included florence :) (thanks, short but wise one)
i arrived early evening after a 34 hour trek from ithaki (2 boats and 2 trains), and went out for my first sunset at Ponte Vecchio (see picture)...my hotel is right at the Duomo so it's pretty easy to look up and figure out which way i need to go - at least so far it looks like an easy place to get your bearings
i was asked for directions by 2 italian men within my first few hours here, but unlike in Paris, this was utter crap...after i told them which way to go they asked me to go with them...they were OLD...va'fangulo
i had already had itlian pizza, so for dinner i had tagliatelle al funghi porcini and a small bottle of rose (i know it's the scum of wine but i love the stuff), followed by gelato on the steps of the duomo....first day in italy an utter success!
full city tour and museums today...i saw the real David (there are copies all over the city) and the Birth of Venus (and before you bullock me for taking pictuers of the stuff, i didn't use a flash and had to be real sleathy)...i hate Michelangelo, by the way...bastard was a fucking mysogisnistic, self-involved prima donna
we had an awesome tour guide, an old english lady (quite past mad) who used to teach religion and philosophy, and i really think she hated both...she didn't just repeat facts, she put on voices to illustrate the unjust, called us children and darling, and yelled at random strangers to be quiet...i wish i was one of those rich bitches from 'those days' who had paid travelling companions, i so wanted to take her with me
when explaining how women were treated and thought of, she'd yell in a total head-mistress voice "because knowledge was only for MEN and women deserved NOTHING, all art was FOR MEN, FROM MEN...WOMEN were TOO STUPID to create or even TO THINK"
Florence was far beyond what i expected, a true gem of a place and one i would revisit in a heartbeat...anyone?
i certainly didn't see that one coming...i like to drink dopio macchiato - a double shot espresso with a bit of frothed milk...but do you think anyone in ITALY has heard of it? i've stopped attempting to order it, it's getting embarassing...they look at me like i'm asking for the horse head of the Corleone family instead of something they invented...what and the fuck?
i don't get bidets...are you meant to use your hands or just let the water do stuff? are chicks meant to stradle it or sit on it, or does it depend on what was done 10 seconds earlier? so far i've just used it for my feet...yeah, i'm pure class
HOW TO SPEND YOUR TIME WHEN TRAVELLING ALONE, #1
sit in a very touristy spot...you may drink, smoke, eat ice cream, or just do nothing, but you MUST be wearing sunglasses...look for people about to take pictures and wait for them to pose and fake smile...rate said pose/fake smile on a scale of "you're a dick" to "is that the best you've got"...it is important that you make no facial expressions, but if you do get busted, RUN AWAY