After our early morning training session, I decided to explore my new neighborhood. It is important you locate the necessities — best coffee spot, closest supermarket, flower stand, fresh market, and bakery. I absolutely love living so close to the fresh market! I think I will find myself there most mornings. There are several good coffee contenders, so I will have to do some serious taste-testing all week (#roughlife).
I have officially been back in Florence for 2.5 days. So I thought I would share some of my snapshots and what I have been up to.
My little corner of Florence.
I arrived Saturday afternoon, checked into my apartment, and immediately went for drinks and dinner with my friend Anna to catch up on everything I had missed in Florence over the past five months (sadly the city doesn’t stand still while I am away). We indulged at one of our favorite restaurants, Il Teatro (I had the pesto pasta in my attempt to limit animal proteins). Of course, as dinner progressed I quickly began crashing from the jet lag and lack of sleep, but I forced myself to stay up until 10pm.
The next morning we decided that some fresh air (the weather has been gorgeous) and a vigorous walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo was just what I needed to beat the jet lag. There is no better way to reacquaint yourself with the beauty of Florence than the view from Piazzale Michelangelo.
After our walk we grabbed breakfast (wheat toast with honey and bananas, and a side of mixed berries) and I ran as many errands as I could before the stores closed (so many random items to pick up!). I was pleasantly surprised to find a great variety of soy yogurts, almond milk, and tofu in the supermarket. Sunday evening was low key as I attempted to unpack (I seriously need an Ikea run) and catch up with everyone back home.
Monday morning Anna introduced me to her fabulous trainer and we did a group workout session. I was really worried about staying in shape while in Florence (I already miss my Les Mills classes), so I was relieved that I liked the gym and my new trainer (I am already sore).
My goal this week is to unpack completely and get settled in my apartment. I can’t wait to share my adorable little Florentine apartment with you all sometime next week, so stay tuned!