When I was in Florence, Italy I wanted to see the most famous places and sights of the city. As I went from one landmark to another I walked through residential areas. When I looked around I noticed something that I didn’t expect to see. I usually think of shutters as decorative, but here they were both opened and closed and it looked like they were quite versatile.
Later that day I saw this building and thought that the pattern of the shutters was eye-catching.
These pictures are among my souvenirs of Italy and just as meaningful to me as this photograph I took in Florence.
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Florence is a beautiful city to visit and I thought that I’d look at some pictures I’d taken to find some examples of things that are round. First I found many examples in the Duomo.
Next I noticed the clock on the Palazzo Vecchio.
Then I thought of something a little different. Since I’m always looking for gelato when I’m in Italy it occurred to me that what could be better than a scoop of gelato in a round cone?
There are more examples here.
There are so many interesting signs in Italy I thought I would share some favorites from my visit last spring. They were all very helpful.
walking in Florence
this way to Florence
This is part of a series on Travel Confessions. My nomination was from Renee at cravesadventure and you should go to her blog and read her travel confessions too!
There are a few rules in the Travel Confessions series:
- Post a photo (or photos) and description(s) of your confession(s) in a new post.
- Tweet your post with hashtag #TravelConfession and follow/tweet @Traveling9to5
- Tag 3 other travelers you’d love to see
My list is all about souvenirs. Some are useful, some are decorative, and some never make it home at all (chocolate).
Confession 1: I still bring home refrigerator magnets when I travel. I already have a big collection, but they’re cute, inexpensive and easy to pack. And when they’re on my refrigerator I get to reminisce about where I got them. Here are some of my favorites.
Confession 2: Shoes, handbags, jewelry and scarves are my idea of great souvenirs. When someone admires one of these items I like to say, “I got this in Italy.” Then I try to stop talking because otherwise I’ll describe the day, time and place where I purchased it. But I always remember…
Confession 2 1/2: This relates to Confession 2. After my first trip to Florence I found myself with three handbags, two pairs of shoes and many scarves. I barely had room for these in my suitcase and I finally had to leave the shoeboxes behind.
Confession 3: Chocolate is a delicious souvenir, and sadly one that never lasts long because I eat it immediately. Here’s an example: I bought chocolate at the Rome airport that I ate before I boarded the plane. However I still have the empty box.
Now I will nominate three bloggers to share their travel confessions:
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DUTCH goes ITALIAN
I’m looking forward to hearing your stories!
This is a detail from a door in Florence, Italy that contains circles for this week’s theme from Where’s my backpack?
Could it be Scrooge’s door?
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.
While I was in Italy there were times I was looking for a light lunch or a snack that didn’t include chocolate or gelato. This was only because I would eat the gelato or chocolate immediately, and the idea was to have something (like crackers) that would last longer! Here are some examples of things I found in Italy that provided a little break from walking and sightseeing.
When I wrote A Gelato Journal, I mentioned there would be more posts about things I learned about gelato while I was in Italy. My focus was to make sure that gelato was as delicious as I remembered, although there wasn’t much doubt about that. Along the way I learned about events such as the Gelato Festival in Florence. Continue reading
Whether you’re walking or driving, there are signs with names you recognize and places you really want to see. I followed them and found where I wanted to go. Here are some of those places.
Now that I’m back from Italy, I realize there are many ways to go from place to place. Besides walking, I thought I’d focus on how people get around. For instance, did you know you could get into a traffic jam while in a gondola? Just look at this: