Saturday, October 27, 2007

Road Trip

Did you wonder where I'd gone (again)? We took a week's break over half term and headed back to Florence. This time we also went to Rome, just for a day - on the high speed train it only takes an hour and a half from Florence.




The last time I was in Rome was over 20 years ago and boy, have the crowds grown. Admittedly, then I was a student and spent weeks there so could amble at my leisure, but we didn't actually get to go in St. Peter's or the Colosseum - we would have spent the whole day in a queue. Instead we walked round the city to see as much as we could - as you can see from the photograph the weather was great that day.





In Florence, we climbed up to the top of the Campanile (over 400 steps and I am way out of condition, believe me). I took this quirky view through the stonework.




And this is one of the vegetable stalls in the market at San Lorenzo looking very seasonal. I caught up with some reading too, never started 'Reckless' which I had put on my sidebar as the next up to read but have read three others (all recommended) and am halfway through a fourth - I can read at the speed of light if I've got no work, no cooking and no sewing to do!


Next up - I must get started on my Secret Santa Swap - I know what I want to make, it's just a question of converting the plans to reality.

9 comments:

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

I love Rome. My husband is an archaeologist specialising in Roman Britain and I spent a hundred years working on, but not completing a PhD in Roman politics but we have only actually spent about 12 waking hours in Rome! We went there on the way home from a holiday with my parents at a villa in Italy and had one afternoon and the following morning before our flight left. Our eldest was 18 months old and in a buggy and we decided that the best way to see things was to just walk and see what we found rather than trying to be tourists. It was amazing - but too short a visit! Lucy x

anne bebbington said...

Ah so that's where you've been hiding you lucky thing! I love the photo through the stonework - very Tonya-esque. Only been to Venice in Italy but that totally captivated me - would love to explore Rome and Florence

Libby said...

Sounds like a great trip. Wish we would have had time for Italy. That just means we'll have to return. Aren't those high speed trains terrific?

Jane Weston said...

What a fantastic trip! I really like the pictures you took..especially the quirky one through the stone work.

Clare said...

The photo of the market is beautiful and the lovely one through the window. Hope you are feeling more relaxed now.

Chookyblue said...

wow just to be able to be there in 1 hour.........love your pics esp the one thru the wall.........and 1 month till posting secret santa swaps.........

teodo said...

Oh oh how many beautiful works have you done and how wonderful pics of mi Italy.
thanks ciao ciao

Cheryl said...

Beautiful pictures. We were in Rome in May, brought back wonderful memories!

Karol-Ann said...

Wow! What beautiful pictures!