After my eventful stop in Pisa, I hopped back on the train, and continued on to Florence. I decided to stay in the cheapest hostel available in a central location, and it was certainly cheap... Haha. Slightly dingy, but I survived. Met an American when I arrived, so Jake and I grabbed some dinner (first real Italian pizza!!! Mmmmm) and then went for gelato. The gelato case had about 75 different flavors, and I was in ice cream heaven.
Later in the evening we checked out the Ponte Vecchio (translates to old bridge) which is pretty cool. Its an incredibly old bridge (go figure!) And it has gold shops and little houses along either side.
The next day we visited the Galleria Academia, and saw a ton of religious art (so much gold flake!) And the original David. No photos allowed, but I got one! Sneaky, sneaky! After a morning/afternoon of art, we grabbed some lunch, and headed for a wander. Wandered past the duomo, and saw the Santa Maria Novella church. We went for a quick visit to the old palazzi, but there were no events going on so we just saw it from the outside. While finding our way back to town from there we ended up in a huge antique market... So cool! Had my luggage allowance been slightly larger I may have come home with an antique dresser or five! From there we went into the central market, only to find that the main market building was closed. However we were certainly not disapointed, as there were plenty of outdoor market stalls to keep us occupied. Firenze Italian leather and silk everywhere, and of course souvenirs and jewellery and the regular market wares. I may have enjoyed that market a lot, and definitely supported the local economy, haha.
After a day of shopping we grabbed some pasta for dinner, and I had the best spaghetti carbonara I have ever had. So amazing! We finished off dinner by grabbing wine at the supermarket. I splurged and got an expensive bottle of chianti, since we were near the chianti region. 5 euro, and my bottle was considered expensive. We're doing something wrong in our country! Haha
We arrived home to a little confusion. Opened the door to our hostel room which should have housed four bunk beds, only to find three single beds with night side tables and reading lamps. Closed the door, and was concerned we were in the wrong room. Nope! While we were out that day, the hostel removed all the furniture, and turned our 8 bed dorm into a three bed dorm. Never had that happen before!
The next morning I had a little sleep in, and spent my morning with Stephen, another american friend in had MRT in the hostel. He was studying up in northern Italy, and his Italian skills certainly came in handy! He came with me to the post office to send some things home, and no one spoke a single word of English! It took about half an hour and alot of confusion, but 7 kilos later a box was being sent back to Canada. 7 kilos... What can i say, i really enjoyed the markets in Florence!? Haha
Then i headed to the train station, and i had written down the wrong train time... I'd missed the train by 15 minutes. Oh well! I left my bags at the train station and found a lovely little cafe for breakfast, where I had a delicious cappuccino, and my first nutella croissant. Let me tell you, it is not just a little bit of chocolate... It is filled entirely with the creamy (nutritious ;) haha) goodness that is nutella.
After my delicious breakfast, I was ready to head to Rome for my last night as a solo traveller!