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Boboli Gardens

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  • May11

    Florence 4

    May 11, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    John not feeling well so we had a slow start to the day. I went shopping (mainly window shopping) then we headed over the Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace where we lined up for 20mins before buying tickets for the Palantine Gallery, the Royal Apartments and the Boboli Gardens. We wandered with an audio guide for about 2 hours. Just amazing.

    Next we walked around the streets nearby and found the Basilica di Santo Spirito. Then back over the river and ended up having something to eat at the café we found on the first afternoon we arrived.

    Then wandered the back streets and John bought me a leather handbag on the way back to our room. This place was amazing. We had looked and looked all over Florence for a real Florence handbag maker and could not find anything genuine. Two door from our accommodation was a tiny shop. As we walked, exhausted, just aiming to get home on our last night in Florence. John saw a man in this tiny shop working on a leather watchband. He poked his head in and found that shop crammed with leather goods and, crucially, machines for working with leather. John called me back as I was about to insert the key in the door to our accommodation and said that I should look at this. The man was not at all pushy, so different from the market stall holders. He continued to work as we poked around in the shop. I found a bag and then he showed interest in us. I had specific requirements and he showed how that bag that fitted all these requirements. John asked the price, which was more than the market bags, but not too much more. John decided to buy it at that price. To our amazement, instead of just wrapping the bag in paper, the man took another heavy linen bag and put the leather bag inside it. He said this was to protect it on the trip home, so the leather would not be marked. John thinks that outer bag would have sold for 20-25 Euro, so maybe he expected us to bargain. Back in the accommodation I googled this shop and found a lot of very satisfied leather shoppers that also stumbled on the shop and were pleased with the products and price. He was an artisan from a family of leather artisans.
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    Oh wow amazing photos, simply stunning. Photo of your leather handbag please! Sue

    5/13/19Reply
    Lynda Hansson

    Yes - need to see the leather handbag too!

    5/25/19Reply
     
  • Day75

    The Boboli & Bardini Gardens

    November 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Had thought to do a day trip to Siena but woke up feeling off so decided against it. Hopefully we didn't miss too much (or we'll just have to come back and go another time 😁).

    Instead made it out for a late lunch of souvlaki - nice if a little salty. Then to Boboli and Bardini gardens (a few streets apart and one ticket will get you into both). Not super impressive as gardens go but was still nice just walking around in the sun (much warmer today - at times was tshirt weather). Great views from the top out over Florence. Cool statues but then we're not experts. Fort Belvedere was closed but would've been nice to see.

    Skipped the porcelain museum but did see the Buonalenti grotto - pretty cool if quite random with all the effort put in to make it look like a real cave.

    Got a Thai massage which we both needed and then grabbed some fresh  bread and biscotti for tomorrow's  breakfast and dinner for tonight (pasta, meatballs and eggplant - yum). Home to rest for our last full day in Florence.

    Italy is playing Argentina (rugby) at the stadium here tomorrow but think we'll give it a miss - a shame the ABs don't happen to be playing here. Will see how we go!
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  • Day10

    Boboli Park & Museen im Palazzo Pitti

    September 21, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Nach 3 km Fußweg durch die Innenstadt von Florenz und am innenstädtischen Fluß Arno entlang, erreichen wir den Boboli Park. Die 10 Euro Eintritt kamen uns für einen Park am Anfang etwas happig vor, selbst wenn man hier einen schönen Blick auf Florenz hat. Nach unserer Parktour haben wir festgestellt, dass zwei Museen inbegriffen sind. Eins für moderne Kunst und Mode (hier fanden auch Modenschauen statt) und ein Museum für alte Schätze / Goldarbeiten. Letzteres war interessant, Fotos leider verboten. Dabei hätten sich selbst die bemalten Decken der Ausstellungsräume als Motiv angeboten. Wenn man die Kunst wirklich genießen will, sollte man allein für die Museen ein paar Stunden einplanen. Wir haben nicht so lange gebraucht 😉Read more

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