We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Florence. It’s actually our second trip here. We first visited many years ago when we lived in London, and had grown weary of the hustle and bustle of big cities.
At that time Florence was the definition of chaos – frantic traffic, screaming scooters, and no pedestrian areas to escape the bedlam. We saw all the major sights, but appreciated very little. We went away feeling disenchanted and exhausted.
When we started planning our RTW we knew we had to give Florence a second chance. This time we let Florence talk to us … and we listened.
“Take delight in my tiny details.”
So we did.
“I’m going to explain the Renaissance to you through people, art and architecture,
not dates and facts.”
And she did.
“Love my people and their traditions.”
And we do.
Finally she said,
“Discover how the Florentines find serenity in the chaos.”
So we searched.
And as we stood on the Ponte Vecchio, gazing into the Arno, this young woman went gliding by like a water strider, and the answer became clear.
Thank you Florence for giving us a second chance.
Terri Parent(i) Vance