Just when I thought I couldn’t stand another overcast and chilly day in the middle of July, Peter and I left Copenhagen for Florence. Unfortunately, it’s like the weather gods are taunting me, because now it’s so hot that we try not to be out and about between 3-6pm when the temperature is still high and the humidity spikes. Our hotel room is air-conditioned, which doesn’t help the daily shock of going outside. At least the mornings are nice and cool and the evenings stay just warm enough to wear a tshirt. Our hotel is most of the way up a hill next to the city and downtown is only a half-hour walk away (the down-hill trip anyways).
The best part about Florence though, is the food. Almost everything we have ordered has been phenomenal, from gelato to pizza to homemade pasta to beef stew. My favorite dishes have been a simple vegetable soup, a dish of homemade ricotta ravioli with a red sauce containing whole roasted cherry tomatoes, and a dish of linguine with a spicy red tomato sauce. Even the simplest things are surprisingly satisfying, and now that I’ve been eating out at restaurants for going on three weeks, much appreciated. Oh, and the wine. I don’t normally drink too much wine with dinner, but when 0.5 liters of wine is 4 euros, who can resist? The only challenge is finding restaurants that aren’t over-priced tourist traps, because let me tell you, the tourists are everywhere.
When we haven’t been eating, we’ve been walking. Peter trekked up one of the hills by the city to take some beautiful shots of the Duomo and river bridges in the distance.