|River Arno, Ponte Vecchio in distance.|
We arrived in Florence late yesterday afternoon after having missed our intended train from Rome, due to a mis-reading of our pre-booked tickets. After standing in line for 30 minutes or so, we were able to purchase two more tickets on the next train, and arrived only two hours later than originally planned. Our first big snafu, but a good object lesson.
A few more quick impressions before we pop downstairs for breakfast and then over to the Galleria Degli Uffizi for our morning round of museum-going:
- Limoncella after meals is an entirely lovely and civilized concept, and something we think will translate nicely to our outdoor entertaining.
- It's been one big carb-fest. Fortunately we're doing a LOT of walking.
- High speed trains are amazing. We NEED one of these between SF and LA. At some points we were going over 240 kph and the ride was smooth as silk.
- I've been happy with my clothing choices so far. I've been comfortable, felt well and appropriately dressed. Layers are essential: while it may be unseasonably warm outside (according to the desk clerk at our hotel, temperatures we're experiencing this week are the norm for mid-summer), the museums and other interior spaces are often well air-conditioned, and I've been glad to have my 3/4 sleeve top or lightweight jacket to throw on over a tank.