Day 20- Buon Natale….Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas everyone. We miss home today. Woke up to the rustling of David going for a walk. We started our day with a few presents to open for Kate and Thomas. Wish I hadn’t said no presents for David and I…..oh well maybe later. A cooked breakfast before getting ready to find the bistro we have booked for lunch. Osteria Pepo. I had booked the restaurant a while ago so we knew we had a special place to share our Christmas……and it was. The weather was blue sky and a slight wind. We had a lovely walk there passing people in the Christmas spirit coming and going from church services. A old lady was having trouble wheeling a younger woman in a wheelchair so I helped her up the Kerberos…..we shared “buon natale” to each other. The ristorante was wonderful. We hung our coats up and one by one the tables filled…….all tables booked just for one sitting for lunch. We wee good to book. The food was great…..garlic anchovies, herring, lasagne, mushroom fettuccini, beef wi peppercorn sauce (even though a sizzling plate of florentine beef came out to another table and Thomas thought he would have this next time if we return) and wonderful spinach and ricotta ravioli in sage butter. Dessert was chocolate cake, pane cotta with chocolate sauce and apple tartin. Hope we get back there. We then had a stroll through the streets of Florence with a lot of families who were out walking after lunch. We went down Via Corso to look at the shops….all closed of course except for the odd leather shop. We then checked out Piazza Santa Trinita and stopped on the Ponte Santa Trinita to take photos looking back at Ponte Vecchio. The light and sunshine in the late afternoon was fabulous for photos. We looped back to cross Ponte Vecchio and look at all the small shop fronts built across the bridge. There were so many people on the bridge eating gelato, listening to music and avoiding pick pockets. We walked past the Uffizi Gallery and saw a bit more of the city. We bumped into 2 Australian families on holiday …….great to hear accents from home. Back at the apartment we had a little siesta and wine. Due to Christmas we decided not to try and find any old place to have dinner so we stayed in and I made a vongole and pesto pasta for everyone…..not quite Italian standards but it filled our tummy!

Good night and Merry Christmas.

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