I’m doing this on Pages folks as I don’t trust the WordPress app on this iPad…it lost my last very, very good post!
Well, I’ve made it here, and survived the first night alone abroad I’ve ever spent! Aren’t you proud of me? Mind you, the next time Hubby says to take a taxi to the airport I will! For the difference of £40 struggling on the Jubilee and Piccadilly line a month after a knee op is no fun! I was knack red by the time I got to the airport, but at least had an isle seat on the plane.
Getting to the hotel was a doodle-yes, taxi! €20 for those of you interested. However, wonderful as the Four Seasons might be, I did not appreciate having to carry my heavy bag across from the main building over gravel as couldn’t pull it, in the dark with just path lights to guide me! More tiredness. In the Hotel’s defence I did pick up my own bag from by the front door as I didn’t like it being left there.
After a quick turnaround of touch-up & change of clothes I rushed, now late, to walk the “5-10 mins” to the restaurant they had booked for me. Ok, so perhaps I don’t walk as fast as a Young a Thing, but it took me at least 15-20 mins!
But it was worth it! A small family trattoria run by 2 women ( one of whom told me off for being so late!) and the perfect place for a solitary meal. I had my trusty iPad with me so read whilst eating first goat cheese & pear salad, followed by stuffed rabbit and veg. I was delighted to be offered water and a 1/4 carafe of red wine…I was afraid my minuscule Italian might not be up to arguing with these ladies who might feel I shouldn’t be drinking alone; but this is Italy!
Walking in the dark in semi-deserted streets was no problem either. Only the dog walkers seemed to be out. Perhaps this is not a very “out on the tiles midweek” town, or I was very far from the madding crowds, but I felt perfectly safe, and thoroughly enjoyed falling into the vast firm bedWith just Nelly my elephant for company.
Didn’t I mention I am a 54 yr old woman who still cuddles a toy at night? There, now you know.stop laughing – there are millions of us out there!
So now I am just awaiting the arrival of Himself from Japan via Frankfurt for his conference, and then I can go hit the town.
I am hoping to see bits of Florence I’ve not seen before. First stop is the Galileo museum. (Some of the other wives have gone off on a walking tour apparently)
He arrived, we had coffee, he went to conference & I went & had fun!!
Saw the Galileo Museum; walked randomly but still managed to get to all the touristy places by accident; had a lovely leisurely lunch; bought a handbag/backpack ( love a versatile bag) in red,and a gelato in mint choc, kiwi and melon flavours! Well, you have to don’t you! I licked it whilst admiring the Ponta Vecchio from he next bridge…