Returning the car
08.31.2009 - 08.31.2009 28 °C
We arrived at the Contentiale- this is one of Ferragamo's hotels. They are a
collection of modern boutique hotels-near the Ponte del Vecchio.
We unloaded the car- headed to Avis. It is exciting to return the car. Lincoln
drove 1700 miles- notice I did not drive. I'm sure 300 of those miles can be
attributed to Croatia and u turns. Returning the car means our trip is coming to
Avis is associated with Euro Car- however- 2 separate offices. I entered Euro
Car-the worst cigarette odor-instantly coating you. I went to Avis-few doors
down- the body odor-enough to make you gag. How any one can work like that all
day- the worst is guy with his office in the parking garage-exhaust fumes and no
We hit the streets. Lincoln has been looking forward to Florence and the art. We
walked to the markets-produce(Vienna and Venice the best) and merchants(leather
knock offs). Lincoln bought a hand stitched belt- I asked why all the others
look the same- and other vendors had them- I could have talked him down(almost
embarrassed I wasn't more aggressive). Walked to another church- the Duomo and
it's museum. Nice going with Lincoln-he knows art and I gain so much insight-I
have been here 2 other times and this time I really lived the arts. Lincoln
bypasses all the no name-Madonna and child/alter pieces-religous and ornate. He
introduces innovative for their time pieces- I love the sculptures- over 600
years old-preserved. I love that the artist is forever admired-and they have no
idea-their attribution to history.
Busy all day, finally headed to our room-all white(not so good for me- I'm a
spiller). Nice to vary the hotel styles.
I made reservations at Bocaterra(across from Verdi Theatre- I went with Kari-and
it is the best restaurant with a hip vibe. Same staff-and great background
music. They get repeat customers-not just tourist. They realize-tourist industry
We left full and content-sliced steak cooked well-still skiddish after other
The next day was one of the most important site seeing days-Accedemia, Uffizi,
Vasari Corridor and Pitti Palace.