Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Four days in Italy- La Dolce Vita

Ciao everybody!

I'm not long back from a lovely little sejour in Italy and I said I would share some of my experiences with you. When an opportunity to visit one of my best friends in Italy cropped up, and when I learned that most of my other bestest friends would also be in attendance, I couldn't pass on the opportunity for a bit of a reunion. We spent a blissful few days in Florence taking in the sunshine, fine food, nice wine and the beautiful scenery. 

Whilst in Florence, I made it my business to:

Eat authentic Italian food- pizza, tiramisu, gnocchi, bistecca alla Fiorentina, calzone, bruschetta. The food was amazeballs for the most part- everything was just so fresh. I did get a bistecca that was drowned in olive oil which I did not much appreciate. Italian bread- not so amazing. And copious amounts of garlic in everything!

Eat my body weight in gelato. Oh the gelato. Happy frozen goodness. Big shout out must go to the Mango gelato in particular- so tasty and the most fantastic texture to ever grace my tongue! Honorable mentions must also go to the Cioccolato (chocolate) and Fragola (strawberry) varieties too!

Have an ice cold Limoncello after my meal (as the Italians do- was not an easy feat admittedly- it was much sweeter and thicker than I thought it would be). I do generally like a bit of a lemon twang but it was a very strange experience- not awful, just not as satisfying as I thought it would be.

Try to pick up the language and speak as much Italian as I could (even though I had been to Italy twice before, I did not have a word of Italian! I pretty much just got to grips with the basics, and anything I did not know the Italian for, I just said it in English with an Italian accent and it seemed to work!!)

Go to a museum and 'ooh' and 'aah' at statues. The museum of choice was the Bargello- a former prison which was converted into a museum. I never saw so many statues of naked people in one place. Quite remarkable, I almost blushed everytime I chanced upon another one. 

Get to see Florence's most famous resident, Michelangelo's David. I mean it's like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower or hitting NYC and missing Lady Liberty herself!! Unfortunately we did not have time to spend the day queuing outside the Galleria dell'Accademia to catch a glimpse of the real David, but we made do with the fake David in the Piazza della Signoria. I was a little underwhelmed by the man himself because in my mind, I thought he was going to be bigger. 

Not succumb to my bird phobia- FAIL! I failed miserably in this task I set myself. Not only did I have to endure a meal in one of the main squares with pigeons eyeing me up and a little sparrow thing attacking the woman next to me - seriously it was hovering over her plate and she had to stab it away with a fork- I felt an immense weakness and nearly fainted. My dear friends know how terrified I am of birds and kindly sheltered me from them as much as they could. I did let out a bit of a scream when I came across the corpse of a dead pigeon. Just terrifying! You have no idea how debilitating it is having a phobia of birds.

All in all, it was an absolutely amazing trip, and nice to get away from Dublin for a while. I love Italy and I will definitely return again and experience la dolce vita once more!


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