I left Florence in late November of 2019, expecting to return in the summer to spend time in the Vallembrosa forest with Cristina to learn how she makes her natural remedies. Of course, that was not to be, due to the Pandemic. It is now 2022 and I am in Italy for the first time. Is Italy different now? Have my friends changed? How have I changed? These are the questions I ponder when I prepared for this trip. And now that I’m here I’m paying attention and hope to find some answers.
Church of San Lorenzo, near where I’m staying on Via Della Stufa
Not sure how I feel about this sculpture but it does speak to me about these past three years of COVID lockdowns and being forced to make a home in Toronto. I resisted but in the end, I surrendered and made a garden, tried and failed at making sourdough bread and adopted a rescue dog from Mexico.
I wander around Florence, shocked at how crowded it is in late October. I visit one of my favourite places, the Farmacia of Sant Maria Novella, which is unlike any pharmacy I have ever stopped in before. It is part of the church, Santa Maria Novella. There are frescoes on the walls and even if one had no interest in the remedies they create and sell, the setting alone is cause for wonder.
it seems to be a purple day- Viola is always popular in Firenze!
The shop windows of Florence do not disappoint. I do not allow myself to enter too many stores because it is devastating to my pocketbook. Paper Stores and art supply shops are the most tempting.
I found that Dante’s Church was open. In 2019, the last time I was in Florence, it was always locked. I am fascinated with the letters to Beatrice and have written about them on this blog as well as a very rough draft of a novel.
Then I decided to go to my favourite bookstore, Todo Modo where I could also have lunch while I browsed. Some would call this a busman’s holiday and they wouldn’t be wrong.
The next post will be about my escape to the countryside, then my escape from the countryside to the ABSOLUTE REAL COUNTRYSIDE and the beginning of the olive harvest.
15 thoughts on “Finally.”
Keep them coming Marcella! Tu sei una brava scrittrice!
Grazie mille, Karen!
The pharmacy looks so beautiful draped in hues of purple. Wow! Looking forward to your next post.
Thanks Ellen! WIsh you could be here too.
Beautiful pictures. How lucky you are to have found a spiritual home. I can’t wait to hear about the olive harvest and Cristina’s natural remedies.
I’m truly in the best place for me.
But I miss our writing group. It’s very hard to connect and have access to zoom and with the time difference, it is even more challenging.
I will be back, soon enough!
What a wonderful and fascinating post and so much to see and do. I also loved the pharmacy’s vibrant and almost magical colours; I have never seen anything like that before. And of course, thank you for sharing the photo and link to the bookstore – the books are beautifully presented. Their art and architecture section must be especially fun to explore. Looking forward to the next post, Marcie!
thank you, Geoff! Say hi to Meagan, Margaret and of course, Sugar.
I will see you after November 15.
If I can force myself to leave here!
Thanks, Marcie. If there is a delay in your return, I understand!
Marci, Congrats on returning to your other home. I’d love to hear about your upcoming tours if that’s still an option. I need a vacation!
I will know more soon- one of the reasons I’m here now is to see how to bring back Pronto Marcella after the pandemic.
I will let you know!
Yay! You got to go back! We hope to be able to go over next Fall. Keep posting your adventures, we love seeing/reading about them. Miss you!
thanks, Zane! My son, Steve and his partner are expecting a baby in April. So I think that will big a huge magnet to bring me back to live in the bay area. I know from you that grandchildren make life very sweet!
Zane- are you the Zane who worked at AUSD? If so….. small world!!
I love reading about your adventures and seeing the amazing sights. I can hardly wait!