It's pretty hot here but luckily all the building provide pretty nice shade. So although the buildings make it so easy to get lost it makes it super easy to stay out of the sun. In the picture above you see a crosswalk. But don't be deceived, pedestrians never have the right of way. If you don't watch very closely you could easily get ran over by the taxis, cars, trucks, bikes, and scooters that go down these streets. Luckily there are not a lot of vehicles through these streets because you have to have a very very special and expensive permit to drive in historic Florence.
So the next pictures I took on runs in the morning around the town.
I love seeing all the police/army dudes with huge guns. It's sad that it makes me feel safe... it probably should be the opposite but it does. It makes me feel safe. They are shockingly friendly (another oddity around it, no one. no one smiles) My dad walks over a half mile to school every day. Sometimes just for fun he smiles at people just to see their reaction.
Every where you turn there is a cool arch or a tour or something else. And then I found the view...
And when in Roma.........
|Happy 4th of July|
Just like any big city with walking only, getting groceries is quite the event. It took 4 of us to carry 54 euro worth of groceries today. The sirens always make me think of Born Identity. And of course just like in Chicago we live right by the hospital.
I can easily see why locals in Florence would be so stinkin' sick and tired of tourists. They are everywhere on these tiny streets. But I am still shocked that they do not smile at all. Neither do the tourists!
I still can't believe Europeans are okay with paying for 3 things. Cover charge at any table restaurant, water, and bathrooms. I just can't believe it. I jokingly asked my family, "What do you think they are shocked that we pay for?" Then I came up with my own answer, "Health Care." Wah wah.