A beautiful sunny Sunday here in Florence, so I decided to take a day trip to San Gimignano with Chia. I am obsessed with the salt and pepper shakers I bought there on a recent trip with my daughter. I thought that these would be great Christmas gifts!
It is a bit complicated to take the train and then the bus, but I had done this several times, and felt confident I could go it alone. All was fine except I had neglected to note the Sunday bus schedule…..I made it to the Poggibonsi train station, and then luckily flagged down a taxi that was dropping people off. A short cab ride, and we arrived at the gates to San Gimignano. I bought several of the salt and pepper shakers, and was chatting with the store owner about how to get a cab back to the station. He informed me that it was impossible on Sunday!
Left with no other possibility, I found a hotel for the night, but had no food for Chia! The ceramics shop owner told me that there might be a shop open on Sunday, and they might have dog food. Chia has a very sensitive stomach, and cannot tolerate many foods… The shop was open, and it had one can of dog food, but obviously not food for a little dog with a sensitive stomach!
Back home in Florence, we are preparing for a tour tomorrow. A Canadian couple on a cruise will be here for only one day. We will visit the mercato, have lunch in my courtyard, do a wine/olive oil/balsamic tasting and then shop for coin jewelry, leather and linens. My coin necklace is the first piece of jewelry I bought here in Florence and still my favorite!