The theme for this day was “Shop until you drop” and see some centuries old buildings along the way.
Being a Monday, pretty well all of the museums were closed, so we chose this as the day of shopping in Firenze. It really is amazing to see all the street vendors, many of them have kiosks on the street to draw people into their shops in the building behind the kiosk. Jeff wore the Ferrari t-shirt he picked up in Maranello that featured the Brazil flag on the sleeve for the Brazilian driver Felipe Massa. This got lots of comments from many of the vendors, although that’s what we think they were saying in italian.
We toured the Ponte Vecchio, several gelato stores, a couple of outdoor trattorias and we were even entertained once again by an orchestra in the Palazzo Vecchio playing under a copy of Michelangelo’s David.
Deana and Jessica found a small shoe store around the corner from our hotel, where the shop keeper’s English made it easy to learn more about his shoes. All of the products he featured were made in shops within 60 km of Firenze. You didn’t find “Made in China” on any of his goods. Of course they each came away with a beautiful pair of shoes. Andrew found a belt and Jeff scored a pair of driving gloves similar to the pair he bought in Firenze in ’82. It seemed like you could buy almost anything here, particularly leather goods and Pashminas.
Deana had been facinated by the Rolls Royce of Scooters that was made by BMW, up until 1987. These two wheeled vehicles even have a seat belt. If only they had imported them to Canada, Deana might be riding one to work instead of the Sequoia.
One of the most beautiful sites in Firenze is the Duomo (church) built with alternating dark and light marble that creates a striking appearance.
Considering the heat, it was a great day with many new treasures and memories.