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Written on: Saturday March 17th, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen

Arrived in Florence this morning with Hannah.  We took an overnight train from Paris to Florence and arrived at 7:30am.  We set off to find Hannah's friend's apartment who is studying in Florence.  She lives in the Oltrano section so I knew we had to cross the river. We finally arrived at her apartment and rang the buzzer, but there was no answer so we decided to get some coffee.  I ordered a Marrochinno which was basically an espresso with chocolate in it.... very yummy! We then tried Caitlin's again and she was there.  Her brother and her boyfriend were visiting, so everyone caught up and Hannah and I showered for our first day in Florence.  Caitlin's apartment was very nice and was in the Oltrano section which is a lot less crowded than central florence.  After getting all clean, Hannah and I set off to explore the city.

It is weird to see how much stays the same in some places.  I came to Florence with my father my senior year of high school, and the city still has the same ambiance since i last left.  We hit up the main tourist spots, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and had some lunch.  Hannah had pizza and I had a Foccaccia sandwhich with mozzerella and tomatoes..... Delicious! And to top off our lunch we had gelato.  Afterwards, Hannah went to the Accademia to see The David, and since I have already seen the David I explored the area a little.  We then walked around the San Lorenzo market which sells various items such as scarves, bracelets, t-shirts, and fake designer items.  Then we headed to the Arno and sat on the bridge to the west of the Ponte Vecchio.  Sitting there as the sun was slowly going down provides amazing views of the city.  It truly is one of my favorite times of the day because there seems to be an overall slowing down of the day.  Everyone slows down to soak in the last couple hours of sunlight and the pace of the whole city seems to relax.  After hanging around the bridge for sometime, we headed back to the Oltrano section and bought some pasta to make for dinner.  However, once we got back to caitlin's apartment she invited us to dinner.  We were going to go to a Mexican restaurant but since it was St. Patty's day, it was all reserved.  So we headed off to another place where I got four cheese risotto, which was very good. 

On our second day in Florence I met up with one of my friends from Fairfield Jackie Gatto.  It was nice to see people from school and see how their study abroad experience is going. After a late breakfast we hit up San Lorenzo market.  I didnt end up buying anything because I tend to get too picky when it comes to actually buying stuff, but Hannah and Caitlin made a few purchases.  Caitlin then brought us to her favorite gelato place called Grom.  It was amazing! I had a Dark chocolate gelato and a sweet cream gelato with chocolate chips and biscotti in it.  SO delicious.  Then I went to this Panini bar that the girls recommended me and I got a Foccacia sandwhich with mozzerella, tomato and pesto.  It was AMAZING!!! the pesto really added to the flavors, and I must admit that when I was younger I hated Pesto and my parents always made pasta with pesto and I would refuse to eat it. Afterwards, Hannah and I went to Boboli gardens.  It is a gorgeous garden that is located beahind the Pitti Palace. After spending some time here, we met up with Caitlin and walked to Pizza Michelangelo to watch the sun go down and get a panoramic view of the city.  It was gorgeous, but I find the best spot to get a picture of the city is from San Miniato which is behind the Piazza Michelangelo. Afterwards we headed back and made a pasta dinner