Trip Report By: Mel & Karen Ray
Next, the first visit to a street market ... kept our valuables close ... lot's of leather goods & scarfs ... prices do not compare to China ... crowded with tourists!
Lunch ... met two interesting gals ... widows we think ... sisters (Pat & Janet) ... Pat admitted to be 78 ... traveling together, driving a car through Italy, France & Switzerland !!! ... (gave Mel a shot of courage to start the drive to Como on Friday). they were a couple interesting gals to share 'adventure travel tales.'
Back to the room for an afternoon nap.
Then Karen says "let's go down on the Plaza and people-watch' ... found a spot to sit (crowded) ... soon we were chatting with a couple from eastern Oregon 'farm country' (Paul & Marge) ... they just returned from a visit with their daughter in Milan, Italy ... stopped by Florence to take in the culture.
Also chatted with an American couple from New Jersey visiting Florence while on a land tour of Italy (Globus Tour Company).
Evening and time for a guided wine tasting tour. Met our guide, Suzy ... turns out we were the only customers so we had a private tour. Met Suzy on the Bridge and walked to the West Bank area ... rarely visited by tourists ... many academics and international graduate students live here ... kind of a "Starbucks" feeling without the glitz ... Suzy was born and raised right here ... took her education in France, Germany & England ... dearly loves Florence and one believes she will never live anywhere else. Enjoyed good wine, warm conversation ... made the evening fly by!
A great second day in Florence ... a lovely, tourist friendly city.