We started the day again with the breakfast buffet at La Scaletta; though we love the staff here, we are beginning to think that having an apartment next time would be lovely. For one thing, we wouldn't have to share our breakfast time with others. So many clearly cannot read the signs about carrying one's tray back down off the terrace (to keep the pigeons under control, because they are quite brazen about helping themselves to leftovers.) Many also seem to want to force America down the throats of everyone they meet—there are many who keep insisting that things be done exactly as if they were at home.
After breakfast, we headed out to wander through Oltrarno, looking in at workshops and shop windows. After yesterday's organized tour, we wanted a less structured day and time in the becoming-familiar environs of Firenze. We discovered a plant and flower market near the Art Viva offices, along Via Pellicceria, in front of the main post office, I think. Row after row of lovely plants and flowers; I wanted again to have my own apartment with its own terrace that we could fill with the lovelies we were seeing.
|The flower and plant market, photo by Shawn|
|The flower and plant market, mark II, photo by Shawn|
After a bit, we went to Mercato Nuovo, where Shawn bought another gift.
|Mercato Nuovo, from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Firenze-mercato.jpg|
|The boar at Mercato Nuovo, photo by Shawn|
Again, we wandered some more, and then came back to the hotel for a quiet afternoon of reading and relaxing, after the hectic day yesterday. We finished our Vernacchia from Tenute Niccolai, as well as the wonderful cheese, grapes, strawberries and cookies that we purchased at the "supermarket" the other day and enjoyed the view from our wonderful room.
|A mystery tower to our left, photo by Shawn|
|Fort Belvedere and the Tea House, photo by Shawn, in the late day light from #21 at La Scaletta|