Easter Morning in the Kitchen
Bologna just before dawn
One of the porticos of Bologna
Those two tall thin blonds are my German roommates.
Neptune near Piazza Maggiore
Ha! This was posted in a window.
C read the historical sign the next morning, the place was built in 1214 and nuns took care of ill people there. Thursday morning we had the complimentary hostel breakfast (rolls, butter, cheese, meat, coffee, tea, tangerines, a cereal were set out) with the three guys. The Swedish and German guy (who studied together in Switzerland) left after alittle while. The British guy stayed and talked to F and C about their countries´ government, employment, things like that. A girl from Ohio (studying in Spain) sat down with us too. My roommates and I walked down(hill) to the bus stop, taking some pictures of the farmland and the view of Florence on the way. On the bus, we were joined by the British guy again (God was smiling down on me! LOL…) who apparently took the wrong bus to the city. The four of us explored the city together. :) It was the British guy's first day there so we pointed out the tourist sites that he must see the next couple of days (after a few days in Florence, his next city is Rome, (which I later realized put him there when Pope John Paul II died)). We explored and shopped around. We went to look around in the market (a farmer's market with all kinds of food) which was lined with touristy vendors of leather products, scarves, Florence souvenirs, etc. C bought a fuschia fedora (which F showed us how to wear a couple of times…) I bought a leather wallet in a store near the Ponte Vecchio, pretty much a black version of my old pink wallet, it's cute (and is the wallet I still use seven years later). I loved hanging out with the British guy, he was very cute and very nice. I loved hearing him speak, saying things were "lovely" or "brilliant." :) They had an espresso and I had a hot chocolate. Later we had our (daily) gelato. After 3 we had to look for a place to eat so we could be at the train station at 5 to go back to Pescara, we found a place on the piazza beside Santa Croce and ate outside at a great pizzeria. R came to the station with us so he could purchase some bus tickets. We had to part from him around 5. :( My room mates and I got on a train to Bologna at 5:30 and then switched trains there at 7:30 to get back home to Pescara after 11 o'clock.
Personal Photos of Florence:
a piazza and the warm-colored buildings lining it
the reproduction of the David where the original first stood
detail on the Duomo
Florence from atop the Duomo
That road from our hostel to the bus stop to Florence!
You can imagine how dark it can be!
view from Piazzale Michelangelo
I hope you enjoyed my memories! I love Bologna and might consider living there. Railroad tracks radiate out of this centrally-located city. I could be anywhere else quickly, what an amazing home base! This stunning city is also known for its university. I love a college town. Not to say that Florence isn't amazing and art-filled!