Checking in from Florence

DW and I arrived in Florence 2 days ago. We’re staying at the lovely apt a few doors down from Pitti Palace where we stayed exactly one year ago. All is lovely, relatively uncrowded, with daytime temps in the 50s, perfect for long, leisurely walks.

Covid levels are “moderate” here, but masks are rarely seen—a bit more on public transport but that’s about it. We put ours on when we enter buildings and of course on transport.

Our flight from Detroit to Amsterdam was delayed more than 2 hours, which meant we missed our connection there to FLR. Friendly, efficient KLM agents rerouted us via Zurich, which has what must be the quietest, cleanest airport in the world, and with a view of the Alps in the distance.

Prices in the grocery stores are somewhat higher than they were last year and energy conservation is being encouraged, but the holiday lights are on, and the general mood appears to be positive.

We’re here for 10 days and intend to go at an easy pace—outdoor stuff on nice days (like today) and museums and such on drizzly days, expected later in the week. The fast train to Rome is less than 2 hours, so we may do that at some point; or perhaps Siena, which is a short local bus ride away. We’ll make our plans as we go along, to fit our mood and the weather.

PS: We’re ardent anti-Covid travelers. We wear real N95 masks in airports, on flights, and on public transport. We do not eat meals inflight, because that’s how we contracted Covid earlier this year. It’s entirely do-able. We’re grateful to be healthy and able to travel.


We did a train from Firenze to Rome. Day trip. From there we transferred to the tube, and popped up at Il Coloseo. Wandered a bit…all the way to Trevi Fountain. It was a nice day. Returned to Firenze just after dark.

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