F is for Florence

I’ve had to dig way back for F, and for the first time scan in photographs from the pre-digital era. We visited Florence in December 1992, the only time we have ever spent Christmas abroad. It was lovely – the city was decorated, but in a tasteful, understated way rather than the rather vulgar tat you get in the UK. On Christmas Day, we just walked into a restaurant, which was open as usual, and had a pizza – no booking in advance and paying inflated prices. You could also walk into museums without queuing – unheard of in the summer. Maybe it’s changed in the last two decades – some day I’ll have to try another Italian Christmas to find out.

I feel terribly nostalgic looking at our slimmer, more youthful selves. I remember that tartan coat really well – I loved it. It was bought in a second-hand shop and I then spent the same amount (£5 or £10, I can’t remember) having the torn lining replaced. Sheer elegance, I’m sure you’ll agree!

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9 thoughts on “F is for Florence

  1. Sukanya Ramanujan April 7, 2014 / 14:33

    I visited Florence about 8 years ago- I loved the place!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2014 / 14:41

      It’s absolutely gorgeous, isn’t it? We are well overdue a return.

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  2. Calli D April 7, 2014 / 17:22

    Looking back at previous trips is so wonderful. Your pictures are great, especially for the pre-digital age. I love the sound of Christmas in Italy 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2014 / 21:24

      Thanks – that’s what I’m enjoying about this, the memories!

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  3. Birgit April 7, 2014 / 17:39

    Oh Florence is on our must see list for sure. I have pics as well to get digitized…if I get around to it. Still have the coat??

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    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2014 / 21:25

      The coat went many years ago! I did love it though, and it was so cosy. I don’t normally buy second hand stuff, but this just caught my eye.

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  4. cvail April 7, 2014 / 20:44

    Anabel, I haven’t been to Florence in years either…I was skinnier back then, too!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2014 / 21:27

      Yes, I’ll never see that size again! On the other hand, the weight gain probably stems from all the delicious meals eaten while travelling, so I’m not complaining too much.

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