October 13, 2017 (Friday)

October 12, 2018

On our return flight we watched Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1953) – what a strange (like: really strange) film. I had seen it before, and as with so many of Hitchcock’s films, one tends to remember the frightening aspects. The highlights, …or low lights, if you will: the dark at the top of the stairs, […]

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October 12, 2017 (Thursday)

October 11, 2018

This will be a short, short entry. I’m tired, slightly hung over (and consequently not fully rested): last evening we met B. for our farewell drinks and dinner, starting with prosecco at the hotel bar and continuing with excellent food and wine at the Yellow Bar. Great dinner with B., such fun to talk at […]

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October 11, 2017 (Wednesday)

October 10, 2018

Siena wasn’t as interesting as I’d hoped. Okay, okay, “interesting” is entirely the wrong word… “Alive”? Florence, as a city, is more alive and “buzzy” than Siena, which seems far smaller (because, d’oh, it is?). There were highlights, although the day also started out rather badly, even though everything seemed okeydokey at first. We got […]

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October 10, 2017 (Tuesday)

October 9, 2018

We climbed the Duomo yesterday. I’ve been on a tear about all the idiotic photo-taking by tourists, and I myself have taken more or less no photos. And I took no photos yesterday, from the imposing height of the lantern, which was crowded with fellow awestruck tourists. But now I rather wish I had taken […]

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October 9, 2017 (Monday)

October 8, 2018

Today we’re tackling the Duomo complex. We have 12p.m. tickets for the Duomo itself. In some ways there has been a bit too much scheduling on this vacation, and it feels like we haven’t been able to sleep in for even a single day so far. Grr. Yesterday we raced off to get a train […]

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October 8, 2017 (Sunday)

October 7, 2018

We went to Fiesole yesterday, where, among other things, we had an excellent lunch. The restaurant (part of slightly crumbling hotel) was kind of dowdy, but it has a terrace with a fabulous view toward Florence. And the meal – with great old-fashioned service including an ice bucket for our bottle of Pinot Grigio and […]

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October 7, 2017 (Saturday)

October 6, 2018

We started the day yesterday with trying to visit Santa Maria Novella, but since it was 10:45 and it doesn’t open till 11 on Fridays, we walked instead to the San Lorenzo Basilica. Paid the admission after finding the front entrance (which involved circumnavigating around a rather forbidding terrace apron that surrounds two sides, which […]

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October 6, 2017 (Friday)

October 5, 2018

Yesterday: first full day in Florence, we walked to the Duomo, but decided against standing in the long, long, long line. Instead we walked to the 13th-century Church of Santo Spirito, where we saw a limewood three-quarters-life-sized Crucified Christ carved by the 18-year old Michelangelo as a thank you to the Augustine Abbot for letting […]

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October 5, 2017 (Thursday)

October 4, 2018

I’m sitting in the palazzo’s cute little breakfast room (it turns into a bar in the afternoon), listening to Cinematic Orchestra through earbuds, trying to drown out (without much success) the crap pop Italian radio station the waitress has turned to and is playing at rather high volume. We slept well, except I woke up […]

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October 4, 2017 (Wednesday)

October 3, 2018

Definitely not morning pages, definitely not three pages today, either. Survived an overnight flight with Lufthansa to Munich. The plane was actually reasonably comfortable, but I only slept for maybe an hour, if that. Wandered the posh Munich airport till it was time to leave with Air Dolimiti for Florence. It was cold in Munich […]

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