A visit to Florence should include shopping, from window shopping on the Ponte Vecchio to actual buying at places like the San Lorenzo market. A good place to begin is with the Ponte Vecchio itself, which is impressive from either side of the Arno.
Many of my trips involve travel by airplane, and sometimes I have connecting flights. This leads to quite a bit of time spent in airport terminals. I know I should just go the gate and find a place to sit. But here’s what actually happens.
At the time it seems to be the best souvenir ever. But when you get home, you look at it and wonder what you were thinking when you (I should say “I”) had to have that clock with a picture of Stonehenge on it. It happened after I saw Stonehenge for the first time. I had taken an excessive number of pictures of it. So naturally I went to the gift shop looking for something “unique” to take home. I think I found it when I bought the clock.
It was a group walking tour in a seaside town in Brittany, France. I had reviewed my French before taking this trip, although I felt that I had a good foundation for the language. After all, I started taking French classes at school when I was eight years old! During the tour we learned about the history of the city as we headed toward the local cathedral for more sightseeing. But as we walked, we passed a street that had something like five shoe stores with intriguing display windows. There were boots, walking shoes, and sandals, both traditional and trendy. So now I had a choice to make: should I visit the cathedral and continue with the walking tour, or stop into the shoe stores I had just passed? So let’s look at the choices again: sightseeing or shopping, sightseeing or new shoes… Was there really a doubt about this?