Archive for May, 2014
The Ponte Vecchio is a unique bridge in Florence that is lined with shops. Now it’s all jewelry shops, but many many years (100s?) ago it was lined with butchers. The funny thing about it.. if you wander onto the bridge just thinking it is a nearby street, you many not even notice you’re on a bridge due to the shops! It may not be until you reach a section of the bridge with archways that open to the water that you realize you’re on a bridge. Regardless, it’s beautiful and we walked across this bridge daily during our time in Florence. We never did buy anything though! I’m intimidated by expensive jewelry…
Also.. those in love tend to put padlocks on this bridge.. saying that by locking a padlock.. they are bonded forever. A sweet idea, but apparently this has been damaging the bridge and you can be fined for doing this. I guess that hasn’t stopped it from happening though..
Let me just take a break from the Florence photos to share a few from Memorial Day!
We had a great weekend of relaxing and recovering from our trip. On Sunday we had drinks and dinner outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, on Sunday it stormed all day so our pooltime with friends was cancelled. Oh well, raincheck for this next weekend!
Easy Taco Recipe:
Buy Carne Asada at Trader Joe’s. (or other meat of your choice)
Heat up some refried black beans in a pot on the stove
While those are heating, cook the meat and cut up veggies. I like to top my tacos with a lettuce blend and green onions.
Take flour tortillas and lightly fry until crisp.. but still soft enough to where you can fold them in half without them breaking.
Top tortillas with beans, meat, veggies, cheese and a touch of salsa.
Devour food and wonder why it’s been so long since you’ve had tacos.
When we were in Florence on Mother’s Day (also Josh’s birthday), Josh, my mom and I took a walk up to the Piazzale Michelango. It’s quite a hike up hills to get to an incredible view of the city. Luckily, as we were journeying uphill, there were many beautiful sites to see along the way — one of them being this rose garden. We slowed down to wander through, take photos, and of course, smell the roses.
I love museums. The Museo Galileo is a small-ish museum compared to some of the other gigantic museums in Florence, but it was still great. I liked how it was different. So many of the other museums focus on works of art, while this one focused on items that were just as beautiful, but of a different nature.