ciao from florence, day two

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Day two of our scouting trip has come to a close. It was a busy and exhausting day to say the least! Here's a quick rundown of what we did...

Morning: Met our great rental agent at another apartment in Santa Croce. We didn't plan to see any apartments in the center of town, but it had just been listed and she wanted us to see it. The apartment is on the second floor of a huge old palazzo. It's a very well maintened building (which isn't always the case). The apartment itself is gorgeous with a spacious living area, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The cons? It has no outdoor space -- not even a terrace. Outdoor space is at the top of our list because (a) we love to sit outside and (b) it makes things so much easier for Winston. So, as much as we liked the space itself, it's currently at the bottom of our list.

Afternoon: Enjoyed a quick lunch, before heading over to the Uffizi to check out some amazing art. We hadn't planned to go today, but we walked by and there was no line. Anyone that has visited or lived in Florence will read that last line with shock and amazement. We walked right in and spent about an hour inside. You really should spend a few hours admiring the art, but suffice to say we will have many more opportunities to pass through the museo. After the Uffizi we went over to San Lorenzo to pick up some gifts in the market.

Evening: We came back to the B&B to rest and do a little work. At 7 (when most restaurants open for dinner here) we left to go to the Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco (the White Boar). It was recommened to us by the innkeeper and was absolutely delicious!

 

An interesting note about today. It rained. All day. It rains in Florence. I say these things because when we tell people we are moving to Florence, so often they think we are going on a year-long vacation without a trouble in the world. That's not the case. We are moving to Florence. We will be living here just like everyone else -- go to the grocery store, running errands, WORKING, dealing with the famous Italian red tape...the list really goes on. Even in the rain though, Florence is beautiful.