Ciao from Florence in Italy!
So I guess I'm really not such a great travel blogger after all.
I have the stories to tell and oh so many photos to illustrate them; but I guess life on the road, life with patchy internet, life in new cities, life in very close proximity to four other people, life where I never know whose bag has my computer charger and card reader in it, life where exploring feels more important than documenting, life where our days are busy and full and slip by so quickly, makes it difficult and not necessarily the priority.
I really do want to tell you about our days in Edale - possibly the most beautiful place on earth, about Spoonfest, about our return trip to London and then our amazing week in Paris. And I want to talk to you about the challenges and the joys of travelling Europe with our three girls, about my personal feelings on this epic journey and about the incidental details like what I'm knitting, reading and watching.
So I guess there's no place better to start than today, and no better view to share than the views from our apartment in Florence.
Every single time I look out the big windows in the lounge-room and see the views in the top three photos, I gasp. Every single time. What more could you ask for than the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo?! I cannot cannot believe we are here. I cannot believe I get to eat my muesli each morning looking out over all that, and I can't believe this place was available last week when we booked it. It's not air-conditioned and it's pretty noisy from the street, but that's a small price to pay for such a view I think.
Please keep in mind that the windows only open a few inches so I have to squeeze my hand through and risk the six floor drop of my camera or phone each time I want to take a pic. Which I do often.
The other four photos are out the back windows from our bedroom. Incredibly beautiful too I think.
Of course there are unimaginably beautiful churches and markets and meals and artworks here in Florence, hopefully I'll get to those soon.
Until then, happy travels my friends.
I hope the view out of your window makes you smile.