What We are Shopping For This Week

Busy shopping season here in Florence with lots of tourists. I had a darling young couple from Dallas shopping for shoes, handbags and gold jewelry. I love the earrings that she picked out!

Chia turns 16 this month, and I have purchased a dog stroller for her. She didn’t like it at first, but has gotten used to it and loves getting out more.

While we were on our evening passeggiata, we found this artwork at the Mercato dei Pulci (flea market). I had to have it!

Shopping with four ladies from the States, I saw this gorgeous ostrich and antelope cross body bag in navy. It is very narrow, and has three inside compartments. It is currently on my wish list!

I have so much fun taking people shopping here, but am tempted at every turn with unique and beautiful pieces!

Mosaics in Ravenna

Just a short ride from Florence is the charming town of Ravenna. It is famous for the stunning 5th and 6th century early Christian mosaics built first by the Romans, followed by the Ostrogoths, and then the Byzantines.

A few years ago when I first went to Ravenna, I purchased a mosiac piece for my apartment. This time, I bought a box to match! These don’t compare to the mosiacs in San Vitale, but a nice reminder of the trips.

The weather in Florence is perfect these days. Four shopping tours next week under sunny skies with a cool breeze.

Saturday Stroll in Florence Center

Beautiful Saturday in Florence, so Chia and I took a long walk. There was a market in Santa Croce with lots of French food items.

There are more tourists here all the time, and the center was quite busy this weekend. It is so good to see that people are traveling again.

Couldn’t resist a quick peek at some shoes. Lots of flats this season, which is good news for those of us walking on cobblestones!

Coming back to the apartment on Via Ghibellina, we stopped off at an art exhibit across the street. My take on it is that we have too much clothing! I immediately began doing a major spring cleaning in my closets…

Easter Sunday in Florence and Singing Everywhere

First thing this morning I took Chia for a walk. An elderly man riding a bicycle down the street was singing at the top of his lungs.

Later on, I went to Piazza Repubblica where there was more singing by a gypsy band. Then, turning down the street, there was an opera singer and a big crowd of people applauding.

Today is Easter Monday, Pasquetta here in Italy. Most of the shops are closed, but a few shoe shops were open. I am on the hunt for some fun white sneakers.

And what about fun socks???

April in Florence

After a couple of rainy days and a hailstorm, the weather has turned sunny once again. Easter is approaching, and windows are full of beautiful candy.

Then, of course, there are the everyday chocolates!

Wandering from one piazza to the next, I am always struck with the beauty of Florence. Around every corner there is a picture postcard.

Piazza Signoria

Chia’s favorite place is the Mercato Sant’Ambrogio, where the men at the meat counter always give her a little meatball.

Mercato Sant’Ambrogio

This week one of my clients will receive an Etruscan inspired necklace designed for her. She had lost one of her diamond earrings, so we put the remaining one to good use!

I have had many clients who took jewelry that they didn’t wear, and turned it into new pieces designed just for them. Recycling at its finest!

Florence Street Food

In various locations around town, you can find “chioschi” or street food stands. These are referred to as trippai or lampredottai where you can taste the best of the city’s street culinary tradition, a sandwich filled with trippa or lampredotto.

What is trippa or lampredotto?  Trippa is tripe, the edible lining of the cow’s stomach. While tripe is eaten elsewhere, lampredotto is a local specialty for Florence. It is the fourth and final stomach of a cow, generally slow-cooked with tomato, onion, parsley, and celery until it has the texture of tender roast beef. Both are traditionally served on a crunchy bun, often first soaked in the broth and with spicy or green sauce.

I have avoided eating the street food here, but I am working up the courage to try it! Today, however, I opted for lunch at a really great ristorante, Adagio. https://www.ristoranteadagio.it/ They serve a complimentary digestivo after lunch. Glad I had an espresso to go with it!

After lunch I wandered through the monthly flea market at Sant’Ambrogio.

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy