So off I flew last Thursday, as the first part of the group, arrived at the 'Air bnb' apartment we had booked and was delighted that we were very, very, close to the Ponte Vecchio.
|Our apartment is on 2nd floor of block on right|
Outside our window was this 'windmill' art installation which appeared very popular.
|Back of the Ponte Vecchio|
|All jewellers shops and tourists|
That evening I was meeting my cousin at her apartment for a meal and we never stopped talking and catching up. What a lovely evening.
Next morning was spent looking around and getting my bearings. (Lots of photos to follow)
|Ponte Santa Trinita from Ponte Vecchio|
|Galleria degli Uffizi|
|Statue (copy) of David by Michelangelo outside Palazzo Vecchio|
|Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio|
|An unusual bike I saw in the street!|
|A typical central Florentine street|
|Only way to get around - a scooter|
|'Il Porcellino' - Piglet|
|Campanile and the dome of the Duomo|
|Inside the Duomo|
|The 24 hour clock in the Duomo|
|Inside the Duomo|
The apartment was very close to
and I realised that if I needed to know "how much" I couldn't afford to shop there!!
The 'boys' registered for the Marathon at the 'Expo'
and once again I did the touristy bit with them and in the evening we met up with my cousin for a meal and I snapped night photos.
|Ponte Vecchio at night|
|Christmas lights in the main shopping area|
I popped up on various places on the marathon course, but only saw my son once to cheer him on, but both of them did well with 'brother in law' getting a personal best and son overcoming an injury and finishing well at just under 4 hours - his 60th marathon! He had completed 50 marathons by his 40th birthday and wants to complete 100 by the time he is 50, so he is well on course.
|A group of runners outside the Apartment, going off to the start close by|
On Monday morning my son and I had a quick walk in the Oltrarno district on the other side of the river Arno before leaving for home.
|Wedding cakes in a shop window|
For myself - I met my cousin again after 25+ years, completed my Christmas shopping and visited a lovely Italian city that I had last been to 50 years ago when newly married. What a wonderful weekend.