Travel Day! Time to head back to Firenze.
Always good to say an extra prayer or two before you embark on any journey. I am waiting for my car, I look over my shoulder and there is a niche…perfetto. The car is 15 or so minutes late, but other than that…wait, he did abrubtly swerve into one of the SOS inlets to get a drink of water, which confused us all..and when we attempted to pull back out on the A1, there were more swerves, honks and words, my eyes were closed and I was once again in prayer…but other than that, all went well and we arrived Napoli Stazione.
I shared the ride with a retired couple from Brisbane. They were both teachers and now spend their time traveling. They gave me a few tips on venturing further south. We shared emails and I look forward to gleaning a bit from their adventures.
I remember being at the Napoli station with Mom and the kids. We had read enough about Napoli to be frightened. We moved around the stazione like a tight flock of penguins sheltering each other from the cold.
I had not previously purchased our train tickets from here to Roma…stroke of luck. So when I arrived, I checked out my options and chose italo treno. THIS is the way to travel by train.
We all have assigned seats, no one is living in the luggage compartment. Although I was a bit hesitant (synonym for nervous…see Danita, I’m trying) to leave my bag so far away from me.
The journey was to take 3 hours, stopping in Roma first.
Arriving in Firenze, I walked to my new place. This one I had also not secured earlier, but looking at the map when I did, I was pretty sure I knew right where it was.
Via Parione…right off Via Tornabuoni and doors down from da Florence where I previously enjoyed aperitivo. Small, but a perfetto location until my 1st appartamento is reserved again. I rested here a bit doing some preliminary planning for when Avery arrives…I cannot wait!!
I cleaned up for dinner and read about a trattoria near me on yelp. Since I had turned my phone on for traveling, I called to make a reservation. The gentleman on the line told me it was too difficult now to make a reservation as they were very busy. He advised I come over and wait. So I headed out. When I walked in and said, “Tavalo per una per favore”, he said pointing with a big smile, “Oh…eeetttaaaa eeesssa you!” A table was ready right away.
After dinner, I just roamed. The breeze was nice and coolish, la Luna was rising…
I had thought it was going to be difficult leaving the sea for the city, but after a perfetto passeggiata in Firenze…
By the way…Fall is all about fur according to Prada…
Walking by Palazzo Vecchio familiar music filled the air.
I remember hearing this same guitarist playing this same song on a previous visit. Still just as pretty.
Each night in luglio there is an outdoor movie in the corridor of the Uffizi. Although I don’t stay for the entire movie, I am enamoured. And yes…that is la Luna overhead. Bella, no?I make my way back home calling it a night well before most.