The Florence Shuffle

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Just a quickie 'cos I'm at an internet cafe' where the keyboards don't seem to have a working space bar between them (it takes all my concetration nottowrite likethisifyouknowwhatImean).

Anyway, it seems I flew out just in time - Mr Gent informs me there's snow over there and London grinds to a halt. I would be so very envious if it wasn't that yesterday morning I awoke after a 13 hours' sleep (I had to catch up!) to a slight sleet. Last night there were 40 cm of the white stuff in my mother's balcony :)))
Yesterday afternoon I traipsed around Florence taking pictures of the Duomo, Giotto's Belltower, Ponte Vecchio and so on, all covered in snow. As soon as I find a way to download them I'll post them (also 'cos I've used up the phone memory!)
I went nuts with pictures, I had never seen Florence ike this and it's unlikely that I'll ever get the chance again.
I love it! Last night I fell asleep way past midnight to the shouts of "gotcha" by the people playing snowfights in the street below. As I was walking around town yesterday I had to laugh at the sight of Florentine dogs, who have never seen snow in their lives, going totally insane and rolling in it. Adults with children were using their offsprings as an excuse to have snowfights, and those without children were sneaking into groups who had little people just so they could join in the fun too! Anyone under 20 didn't even try to pretend they had children with them, but were just throwing snowballs randomly. I ducked a few :)))

For some reason, everybody seems to walk like an extra from Michael Jackson's Thriller. Maybe the soles of their shoes have some snow magnet and they can't lift their legs!

Love it, love it, love it!

Hope everybody's having a great time too :))))
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    Perfect timing...out of London on schedule and into Florence in time for the excitement of the snowfall! I am happy for you. Plus...I see it was Mr. Gent who told you about the weather in London!! Hurray!!
    3599 days ago
  • MONIA30
    Looking forward to see the pics.Oh and I hate you (for being in Florence of course:))) emoticon
    3599 days ago
    Wow..just can't wait to see the pics, I love Florence too much...glad I told you it would be you've had the best of the snow this year, both in London AND in Florence...
    Glad Mr. Gent's calling emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3599 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/19/2010 4:14:30 AM
    Went for a good walk down northcote road yesterday. My legs are really sore this morning. We must use different muscles when walking in the snow/ice to prevent us from falling over. AKA the snow magnets.
    3599 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4929386
    Oh it sounds amazing...and beautiful. I've never been to Florence but it's one of the many places I'd love to visit!
    It sounds like you're having a fantastic time.

    3599 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    Looking forward to the pictures, Enjoy!
    3599 days ago
    I wish I could have been there, too. You really ought to consider a career in travel writing - your descriptions of London (a few months ago) really got me and now, Florence in snow. Enjoy!
    3599 days ago
  • no profile photo LYFO12
    LOL So glad you got your wish for the white stuff Screwie! Sounds like you're having a great time! So happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3600 days ago
    It sounds so wonderful.
    I am glad you are enjoying Florence.
    I can't wait to see the pics.
    Heathrow is closed so you were lucky
    to have made it out.

    Buon Natale my friend and thanks for the advice
    re paper. I am trying hard to do it in baby steps.
    emoticon emoticon
    3600 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    Oh wow! That sounds like a lot of fun! :-)
    We have around six inches here and it is still snowing. It is a lot worse in London, and yes, you would have been stuck cos the airports are closed yet again! :-)
    Good job Bry and Rob returned from Iceland yesterday too. :-)
    Lex xxx
    3600 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Sounds like your having a great time so far on your holiday, continue to enjoy Italy.
    3600 days ago
    oh man, so jealous :) we have snow in MD, but I would love to see Italy in the snow.....actually I would just love to see Italy period :)

    I am so glad you are having fun and enjoying yourself....Can't wait to see the pictures :)

    3600 days ago
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