WD Fyfe

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We’re Going To Florence


We’re going to Florence!  No, not the state prison in Florence, Arizona – the real one – Firenze, Italy.  We were there a couple of years ago, but I had tendonitis so bad I could taste it, so I didn’t do a lot of walking – and Florence is a walking town.  It was built on the medieval model, narrow twisty streets, fountains and churches – great for 21st century tourists.  But Florence has one big advantage over the rest of Europe.  Back in the day, say, 500 years ago, there was a perfect storm.  A bunch of rich and ruthless capitalists wanted to demonstrate their power and a bunch of talented young artists wanted to showcase their exciting new ideas.  When they met, and discussed the possibilities, Florence became the maternity ward of the Renaissance.  And I’ve got a month to see it, up close and personal.  (Honestly, I’m not sure whose ghost I want to find first — Cosimo de’ Medici’s or Michelangelo’s)

Anyway, aside from putting on the brag, I said all this to say this blog is going to suffer – badly.  First of all, I’m going to be busy.  (There’s a bunch of wine and bruschetta with my name on it, waiting for me.)  Second, I’m not a travel writer.  (Believe me! I’ve tried.)  And thirdly, WiFi in Europe is hit-and-miss (Europeans love their phones.)  I’m going to keep things rolling but ….  So, gentle reader, if there are a few hiccups here and there please be patient, I’d appreciate it.  And, BTW, if anybody’s in the neighbourhood, the first glass is on me.


7 comments on “We’re Going To Florence

  1. Darling Doormat
    September 28, 2018

    Good luck WD! Be ready for the surprises along the way. Best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy journey! x

    • wdfyfe
      September 28, 2018

      I shall expect the unexpected!

  2. Sunny
    September 28, 2018

    Congrats! Italy has always been on my bucket list, to tour, not to rule or anything. Take lots of pics to share and safe travels!

  3. Joe
    September 28, 2018

    Happy travels! I can’t wait to hear your stories.

  4. Claudette
    September 29, 2018

    Be safe, be happy, drink and be merry. Don’t Diet! 🙂

  5. Rob Alberts
    October 1, 2018

    Enjoy !!!

  6. CJ Hartwell
    October 2, 2018

    Sounds marvelous! Hope you have a grand time — somehow I think you will. 😉

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