After my trip to New York, I’ll take you in my private jet to one of the most beautiful Italian cities: Florence. What a fascinating place! The city has everything for those who love history, art, culture and fashion. The glorious past is literally found at every corner of the street.
I found all kinds of small boutiques where clothes and shoes were handmade right in front of you. Whatever you wanted, they could make it. A unique piece, who doesn’t want that? With great satisfaction, I walked out of the boutique. My new coat that I had just bought was absolutely beautiful!
Later that day I went to visit the Sante Croce. The Basilica di Santa Croce (Church of the Holy Cross), located in Piazza Santa Croce, is one of the main churches of Florence and is considered as one of the finest Gothic basilicas of Italy. It is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Due to the many mausoleums in the interior of the church, it acts as a pantheon of Florence, and in a sense also of Italy. A very impressive building on a charming square.
After the church, I went to a restaurant to have a traditional Italian lunch. Lunch is a different ritual than how we know it in the Netherlands. Italians look with horror at our simple sandwiches with cheese and wrapped in a plastic bag or lunch box . I don’t know how you guys do it, but that’s how we rock it in the Netherlands! Non è possibile (impossible)! In Italy, you lunch at noon in a local bar or in a restaurant! An employer in Italy even pays a contribution for lunch. This is usually the reason why office workers are not at work between 12h00 and 15h00.
Florence, the city of hedonists. You feel the warm and romantic vibe this city embraces you with. It was the first day of 2015 that I could go outdoors without a coat within Europe. Lovely to feel that spring again. It gives me so much positive energy! The local people are kind and many of them want to make your acquaintance on the street. They tend to make a small chat, ask for your name or invite you for a glass of Chianti. But do not be naïve! Many Italian men are charmers who like to hit on a turista elegante.
Creating a fantastic menu for my passengers wasn’t a problem in this vibrant city. I found this discreet caterer who was very popular among the local people called Guilliano. The food here was blissful and once again the service was above and beyond standards. I am so very impressed with this Italian lifestyle. It’s all about enjoyment, quality of life and being together. Unfortunately, the end of my day in Florence had come. I’m going to prepare myself for my trip to the central continent of our globe, the place of the elephants and crocodiles. Yes, I am speaking about Africa. West Africa to be exact. In my next post, I’ll tell you all about it. Stay tuned girls!
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