We have spent our first two days in Florence exploring the city, finding shops we may need and shops we want to visit in the weeks to come. I want to share with you some of the more interesting places we found on our walks.
We started our first morning with espresso, caffè Americano, è croissant at the cafe across the street from our apartment.
We found our way to a daily market full of leather bags, jackets, and belts and Italian souvenirs.
It was very crowded and the choices are overwhelming!
Around this same area was a HUGE children's toy store. We thought we were walking in to a small shop, but there was doorway after doorway filled with puzzles, barbies, baby dolls, legos, and costumes. I'm sharing a few of my choice favorites below.
Unfortunately, Willa had decided to take a nap right before we found the place. She didn't get to see any of the cool toys, but she did get many compliments for her adorable sleeping pose.
The Ponte Vecchio is the most magnificent bridge in Florence that crosses the Arno river. Travis and Wikipedia tell me the bridge was a historic location for merchants to meet and do business. It has been destroyed by floods on multiple occasions through the centuries and rebuilt. Today, jewelry shops line both sides. The displays were breathtakingly expensive.
We found a place to eat on the river and had a delicious meal of lasagna and malanze alla parmigiana. Willa enjoyed both very much!
This little birdie joined us for lunch.
After, we took advantage of a few picturesque spots.
There hasn't been much structure to our days as of yet, so these pictures are reflective of our meandering. Traveling with Willa has changed the pace we are used to. We may see a little less of some things, but we're experiencing the city much more by taking it slow and moving at a speed more fitting to her.
Cheers to Willa - for changing our perspective on so many things for the better!