Sunday, August 18, 2019

Exploring Florence

Playing tourist in the city where you live - especially if you live in Florence, Italy - can be lots of fun. When I go about my daily routine, I don't really pay attention to the beauty surrounding me. I notice it, of course, but I don't stop to look at it and I certainly don't visit touristy places on purpose. 

Yesterday we spent the day exploring the city, riding the merry-go-round, eating out, getting desserts (note the plural) and taking the time to really see the breathtaking collection of art and architecture this city is. 

We were utterly exhausted by the time we got home - well, everyone, except the 3-year-old - and I was really thankful I'd decided to wear a comfy pair of wedges because any other kind of decent shoe that is not a sneaker would have totally killed my feet. 

We still have a few days of free time before we're back in the thick of work, so we're just going take advantage of this little break and enjoy re-discovering our favorite spots.



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