i have been longing to get to writing about my euro trip for so long and it feels awesome to finally make up sometime for it :D , first of all… they say it true Europe is breathtaking , beautiful , untouched and just like your back in time.
have been traveling europe for sometime now and this post happens to be about one of my fav euro cities >>> Florence . now Florence is not a typical hi-fi , big city kinda place with skyscrapers , its a version of a modern city with its ancient roots still intact , the moment you enter florence ( from the railway station like all of us travel there in europe) u get a feel about whats coming next , as you make your way towards the town you can see the the ancient roads and buildings same as they must have been years back. the city is like a maze of alleys and gulleys and similar looking construction (as it is everywhere in Europe , kudos to the way they have preserved their architecture ) u literally feel like your time traveling and u get into the da vinci’an times. now all the hotels ,i mean mostly all are nothing but old maison’s converted into hotel ,that’s what i could make out , i happen to stay in this place called hotel ” Porta Faenza” which is a typically well preserved house converted into a hotel , this hotel is very near from the “gare” and ofcourse in the city but not that close to all the tourist spots ,however when you’re in europe u get used to walking a lot.
what all you can explore and do when you’re in florence for a short period of time say 2-3 days well here goes the list >>>
> visit uffize gallery ( u can google who was uffizi ) this happens to be an art gallery ,so all the art enthusiasts you would not be wanting to miss this one.
>piazza della signora
> ponte vecchio
>fontana della porcelino – you would really want to toss a coin in here and wish yourself good luck to return to this lovely city again!
> loggia dei lanzi
> the florence cathedral – basilica di santa maria del fiore
the cathedral is a masterpiece of artwork , amazingly beautiful carvings,is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris.The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major attraction to tourists visiting the region of Tuscany.(wikipedia).
the cathedral is indeed so beautiful that you just remain awestruck at the first sight, it glistens in the sun and literally looks a wonder,standing big and proud it is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the whole of europe and really worth watching
> next if you really enjoy shopping and are looking forward to buying big brands or reasonably priced yet quality stuff , the streets of florence will treat you fair , you will find exclusive food corners , gelato points to shops for clothing and footwear and accessorizing.the people here are really friendly and courteous and this really makes your shopping experience more fun , ahh dont forget to play with a chihuahua ,they are adorable and almost every second person in florence has one :P … you can buy amazing footwear and clothing and also some beautiful italian ceramic work , pottery , tableware etc , but !!!! remember when you have a time constraint you really cannot just shop till you drop dead in florence cuz there is just soo much to shop :P … and ofcourse if u happen to come across a ONE euro store, do step in you would find the deal a steal!! :) :) and how cani forget ,for all those who shop a lot ( really a lot) these storekeepers are always generous enough to bestow you with gifts for all the big shopping you did ) like i said , they are a happy people society :D
i love Florence , amazing people , beautiful city ,peace and tranquil and lots and lots of history and art , i think its one of those destinations i would be looking forward to go back again and again.
dont forget to check out >> in my next posts are some pix from florence with love…
love to all <3