Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An Evening in Firenze

As the sun set on The Duomo, we walked the narrow cobblestone streets, exploring Firenze.

We were so lucky that today was a beautiful warm and sunny day and evening.

We walked and walked. . .

. . .and shopped.
All the stores are open for business at night, and it was fun doing a little evening window shopping.

This store had the most amazing wedding dresses!

We worked up an appetite, searching for the perfect restaurant. There are too many to choose from. This one looked good!

After dinner, we walked around The Duomo some more. . .

. . .and had dessert at this cafe.
Our first evening in Florence was a blast. We met up with #2 Son Alex. He couldn't join us for dinner though as he had a date with an Italian family tonight. He teaches their children English, and they cook a pasta dinner for him! It's a program through his school called "English for Pasta"

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Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Florence was one of my favorite cities in Italy when I visited there 2 years ago....It looks like you had a perfect evening.

Unknown said...

What a perfect place to visit. Looks like you had a wonderful evening. Thanks for sharing.

Connie in Hartwood said...

Beautiful!! I'm an Army brat, and we spent 4 years in Livorno, not too far from Florence, when I was a kid. I remember that Florence was my mom's favorite way place to take a day trip. Enjoy your visit with your son.

La Table De Nana said...

Had to comment..I fell in love with Firenze in 2008..Enjoy every moment..and buy a small watercolor from one of the street artists..I regret I didn't:) I LOVED it..

NanaDiana said...

Oh-it looks so beautiful there...I just want to walk those streets with you. Hmmm...they wouldn't call me a street walker then, would they?)

Enjoy your trip! Hugs- Diana

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!! All of it! Wonderful post.

Lori E said...

Every time I see photos of Italy it takes my breath away.

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, Delores,
The memories of seven years of living in Gremany came flooding over me with your lovely photos from this post! The cobblestone street, the sights, sounds, smells, the senses are having a holiday! The window shopping is such a vivid rememberance, as well. Oh, the ruffles on that wedding gown. .. makes you want to diet and renew your vows!
Thank you. . .enjoy your time with your son!

a quiet life said...

ahh, one of my favorite places... heavy sigh to the good life~ i could just eat the duomo, its the most fanciful and delicious buildings i have ever seen. love the evening shot.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful evening. Thanks for sharing your trip.

Tamra said...

This is fantastic! Your pictures are like being right there. Thank you!

swedecollection said...

Fabulous photos. Thanks for sharing them. Would love to go there sometime. Can't wait to see more pictures of your trip.
Colleen for Swede Collection

A Runner's Mind said...

Why does even the simplest store window display look perfect in this perfect little Italian city? Hey to Alex! ENJOY and keep the travel log coming! See any design trends yet?

Linda in AZ * said...

* Hey Delores! You forgot ME when you PACKED!!!... (Buuut, if you're having THIS much fun, and enjoying & "tasting" THIS much beauty, "you're forgiven", my friend!!!

Your delightful photos bring back sooo many uber-fond memories of being home-based in Germany for about 18 years...... We would ski every winter in the most wonnnderful places, including Italy, of course, and I always LOVED that the European stores are not only OPEN at night, but the oh-so-charming cobblestone streets were always packed with people, and "personal safety" wasn't even a concern!

ALEX is a LUCKY young man, and that English for Pasta idea is DEEEELIGHTFUL!!!

Just enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, and WHEN you can, keep us posted on your adventures!!!

CIAO for now!

Olive said...

English for Pasta sounds like a wonderfful program!

jisabird said...

Beautiful pictures! Perfect to look at when it's gray and rainy in Los Angeles.


Greet Lefèvre said...

I can't say how jealous I am!!!! I wish I was there! Oh I could look over and over again at your wonderful pictures!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I am seriously envious! I loved all of Italy and what a beautiful city Florence is! Your photos are gorgeous and it's so lovely to be enjoying your trip along with you!
Looking forward to more!!!

Heidi said...

Buona sera Delores,
Oh how I wish I was there, walking those streets and eating in those wonderful little cafes and window shopping along those cobblestone lanes. My heart is aching for it, desperate for it almost, after these past sad and grief filled weeks. I know you are having such a wonderful time and I hope you remember every detail and share them all with us!
Your photographs are lovely, I can almost feel the Italian autumn air.

Carole said...

Mere words do not even begin to tell you how incredible these pictures are.
Be still my heart...that wedding dress!

Donnie said...

I love your Outdoor Wednesday photos. Beautiful city.

Paige Thomas King said...

lucky to be you!
we went to Florence years ago. i'm glad you're having a wonderful time!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Thank you for taking us along with you! AMazing! I hope you will share more photos!
Blessings for safe travel!

Mary said...

Many memories for me - I loved Firenze so much. We had a wonderful view of the Duomo from our windows in a former palace.

A gorgeous city and, like you, we enjoyed it in perfect October weather.

Have a ball!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, I am a tad envious! Firenze was one of my favorite towns in Italy. I enjoyed the museums but there is a park that we wandered through several times and found it so beautiful. Enjoy time with your son and have a great trip.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Delores,
this is a school program I would love to join: English for pasta. Great idea. I love Firenze and your phtos reminded me a lot. Thank you and have a nice trip.
Greetings, Johanna

Low Tide High Style said...

Delores your photos are gorgeous! You have convinced me that I need to visit Italy!

Kat :)

La Dolfina said...

Oh these lovely images bring back my memories of Florence oh so long ago, back when I graduated from college. I feel like I'm right back there again but this time with you :)
So glad you are having such a lovely time...

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Delores,

It feels so good to see those images back, I almost can trace my own footsteps. Yes, the food (and the desserts) in that part of Italy is 'molto delicioso'. The program English for Pasta appeals to me! Very grand idea and that's the only way to learn it to be with the people and being at tabel together is probably the best bonding for and in any language!
Enjoy the remainder of your stay and say hello to your son as well. Check my blog of October 19 as I'm needing some help from Italy... Maybe your son knows how to go about that?!

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Beautiful photos...I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at these wonderful places. Linda

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Delores, how beautiful these photos are! You have captured the beauty and excitement with your camera. OMG! That wedding dress is stunning! laurie

Entertaining Women said...

OMG...just two weeks ago, I was walking those same narrow streets. Such a marvelous adventure! Thanks for sharin gyour evening. Cherry Kay

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