So, as we go from day to day here, we've learned several very key lessons that I thought I should pass on just in case you ever decide to visit Florence. I'm going to do this ala David Letterman and count them down from 10 to 1.
Lesson #10: Shoes brought to Florence should STAY in Florence. Dogs and not a strand of grass anywhere...enough said. No problem...buy new shoes to bring home.
Lesson #9: Walk in the "lines" (aka pedestrian crossing) with authority, and whatever you do, don't make eye contact! It's a simple game of chicken between the pedestrians and the automobiles/vespas. No fear!
Lesson #8: Even Italian table wine is fantastic! Sometimes only 3-4 Euro a liter. Perfecto!
Lesson #7: Panna Cotta, the jello of the Gods! I cannot stop eating it and I have the recipe to bring home. Good thing there's lesson #6.
Lesson #6: You can pretty much eat all the pasta, gelato and panna cotta you want if you're walking a minimum of 4-5 hours a day. I have no idea how many miles that is. Bring a pedometer along to justify the extra calorie intake.
Lesson #5: When the temperature outside reaches 90 degrees, there should be air-conditioning. This isn't really a lesson. It's more like my recommendation for a universal law. Kind of like the Theory of Relativity.
Lesson #4: Line drying EVERYTHING is not the optimal way. For instance, linen blouse...yes...cotton underwear...NO! Can you say sandpaper?
Lesson #3: If you use really good cheese, you do not need mayonnaise or mustard on your sandwich. Try yummy spreadable mozzarella cheese instead. Deelish!
Lesson #2: If you like purses or leather goods of any kind, don't come here. Florence is like CRACK for leather lovers. And the smell!!! AHHHHH!! Must stop buying!
And finally Lesson #1: The five second rule does NOT apply in Florence! If it hits the ground, it goes in the trash....period! For further clarification, see Lesson #10.
So, that pretty well sums up what I've learned so far. If I learn anything else in my remaining 2 weeks, I'll be sure to pass it along. Ciao!