Miles & miles & miles...
19.10.2015 - 19.10.2015 20 °C
Yesterday was not such a great day for me - I had managed to catch a head cold from our teacher towards the end of last week, and the long day on Saturday really took its toll. So I got up very late, went out for a quick lunch and came back and lay on the couch watching TV for the rest of the day. I even cooked my own dinner!
Today was very different. Feeling much better, and because it was such a lovely day, I decided to head over the other side of the river to check out the Oltrarno area - and I already knew the views from over there are fabulous too.
On the way over the Ponte alle Grazie, I couldn't resist another photo of the Ponte Vecchio!
Oltrarno is a little different from the rest of Florence - somewhat stylish and artisanal. Came across this very brown leather shop - everything, and I mean everything, in it is brown - boots, shoes, jackets, hats bags and gloves. Not very welcoming!
Had lunch opposite the Palazzo Pitti, a great stone bastion, which houses a massive museum that I'll check out at some point. I had hoped to go to the Boboli Gardens, but by the time I got there, it was a bit late to get my money's worth because it's a very big garden so I'll save that for another day.
Just had to take a photo of this lovely view from one of Oltrarno's streets
Headed up hill (and I mean up!) to Piazzale Michlangelo, where the best views of Florence can be had.
The start of the up...
The African guys selling sunglasses at the top would have done much better with cold water!!
Could have something to do with it being called Piazzale Michelangelo, don't you think?
And it wasn't the least bit disappointing, as you can see - I'll let the photos tell the story!
Taken at sunset
A little further up the hill is the pretty church of San Miniato - marble like the Duomo, but much smaller of course. The views here are spectacular too.
Chiesa di San Miniato al Monte
On the way back I noticed a movement from under the Ponte alle Grazie - two guys with fishing rods. Couldn't tell if they'd caught anything, but not something you notice every day:
And I couldn't resist one last (yeah, right!) pic of the Ponte Vecchio in the sunset:
Well you can't blame me, can you? It's gorgeous when you can't see the hordes of people! (Note the rowers under the bridge too.
I took well over 100 photos today but I'll save you from the bulk of them. Anyone who wants to see the lot can do so when I get back home!