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Weekend in Florence, Italy

Florence skyline We spent 2 nights in Florence (Firenze) during the Easter weekend, which of course included some great Chianti wine (among others), cheese, olive oil, gelato, and a good amount of rain mixed with a little bit of sunshine. Lorie went shopping instead of joining us on the bicycle ride, which started and ended at a castle built in 1199 that is now a winery and olive oil "factory" (it’s pretty small). The winery has about 700 acres of vineyards around it and makes about 500,000 bottles of wine per year, so it is considered a small-to-medium sized winery. Thankfully the weather held out and we had sunshine all day! Oddly enough, of the 14 people on the bike tour, 2 were English and the rest were American with about half of them still in university. Half way through the ride we had lunch, which was a big meal of pasta, wine, and dessert – all of which was great, until we did the hill climb. I was only 1 of 3 that rode all the way up the "mountain" (that’s what the tour guy called it), which wasn’t that big of a hill, but enough to make me wish I hadn’t eat all of my pasta or finish my 3rd glass of wine.

Walking around the city and seeing Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore), the markets, wine shops, meat shops, and the various meandering streets of Florence was fun. We are all looking forward to our next Italian holiday… whenever we can get there next.

I have posted a bunch of photos on the site too. 

UPDATE: Megan has posted a great summary of her and Alan’s trip, including our shared part of the trip. And she has posted some photos too, like the one below of me on the bike ride.

Brian_on_bike

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