January 4, 2013
I greeted my first morning in Florence with the eagerness of a well rested traveler. I was excited and ready to see it all. I had a light breakfast, made some calls and prepped for a walking tour of a city that I had not seen in 11 years. We traversed streets that I vaguely remembered and few things seem to have changed. The historic heart of the city seems timeless. 2o minutes into our walk we came across a set of steps where I once had a picture taken of me writing in my journal. It was a beautiful moment.
Our tour guide was excellent and she really explained things more deeper then I recalled from my guide book. I really enjoyed the city of Florence and truly wish that I could have spent more time there. I still have never been to the Ufizi gallery and that is truly a shame. Instead, after our initial tour I climbed to the very top of the Duomo and beheld the whole city from a 360 degree vantage point. I spent half an hour staring at the all of the images in the amazing fresco upon that domed ceiling and marveled at how it must have been built. They certainly don’t build them like they used to.
That evening I had dinner with the group and enjoyed the Tuscan wines alongside the regional cuisine. It was a good time, but I was ready to see the vineyards and so I took it easy and waited for the next morning in Chianti!