Monday, 17 July 2017

My Time In Florence



If you saw my last post, you will know that last month I went to Italy on holiday with my other half. We had a week exploring Rome and Florence and we had such an incredible time. I would say that the holiday was far from relaxing, because we walked the length of nearly 3 marathons over the space of 6 days, but it was incredible. I mentioned it briefly in my last post, but I am a history nerd at heart and Italy has always fascinated me, you could ask me any question about pretty much anything and the answer would be right on top of my head!
In my last post, I let you know all about our first couple of days in Rome and this post is the continued edition of our time in Florence. If you want to check my Rome post out, just click here. Without any more rambling because I already know this is going to be a long one, I will jump into the post…


Thursday
When we woke up on the Thursday morning we had to head out early to get to the train station for our train to Florence. I woke up early so that I could get myself ready and make sure that we had packed everything in the room up. I always get so stressed when we leave a hotel room that we are going to be leaving something behind, so I check it near on 100 times to make sure that we have everything that I need. For me, it is more a case of making sure that I have all of my makeup, I would be gutted if I lost anything!

When we left the room, we checked out and booked a taxi to the train station. We were planning on having a nice stroll to the train station because it wasn’t that far away, but after my shopping spree the day before my case was so heavy it nearly ripped my arm from the socket by pulling it around. My boyfriend wasn’t much better either thanks to the fact that the evening before I found a Sephora and went a little happy again with the spending and my case was already full to busting!
When we got to the train station I couldn’t believe how easy it was to navigate my way around. Normally when I have to travel on trains in the UK I got such bad anxiety because of the stations, but everything in Rome was laid out so easily to find. We went to the platform that we needed and realised that we still had some time to kill, so my boyfriend wandered off in hope of finding some food. When I saw him walking back I saw the McDonalds bag in his hands, I couldn’t believe that we were in the country of incredible Italian food and I was going to have a McDonalds for the second time in a week. I never eat fast food that often. I cannot deny though that it was delicious and just what I needed after all of the wine that I had the night before.
When the train come, we were straight on and sat down and we pretty much had the whole carriage to ourselves. We sat at a table seat so we could put our legs up. We even had a plug socket and free Wi-Fi, so we just sat and relaxed for an hour and a half and it was so lovely. Just to go through Tuscany and see how beautiful it is being the best part about the journey. I have never seen a landscape so beautiful before. We had initially planned on driving to Florence, but I am glad that I got to sit and just take in the views rather than panic driving around on strange roads.


We got to Florence an hour and a half later and the sun was blazing, it was so hot that I thought I was going to melt. I was dreading the walk to the hotel in this heat, but we literally came out of the train station and the hotel was literally one street away, I think it took us a whopping two minutes to get to the hotel. I would say that it was more of a B&B than a hotel, but it was so lovely. The team that worked there were incredibly lovely and there were so many loving and welcoming touches when we went into the room including a complementary bottle of wine, slippers and even a personalised dressing gown with ‘Florence 2017’, on the back!
Almost straight away we headed out to go and explore Florence. As soon as we left out hotel room, we saw the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Foire and we headed straight towards it. We spent some time just walking around it and taking in the stunning views and having a drink or two. The day was just full of seeing the sites around that area, there was so much to see and so little time, so I felt like we walked almost nonstop. We went to the Da Vinci museum, Medici Chapel, Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David and so much more, it was just a really incredibly day. By the end of the day, I couldn’t walk another step and we needed to eat so out of all the places that we could go to, we went to a Hard Rock CafĂ©. I have never been in one before, and didn’t really expect much, but it was happy hour and I had that many whiskey based cocktails that I couldn’t even recall what the meal itself was like.


From that point on, the whole night is a little bit hazy. I can just remember walking back to the hotel after our meal and bitching constantly about how much my feet were hurting. Apparently at one point I even refused to walk any further and stood in the same spot as a spoilt little child, which raised nothing but laughs from my other half!


Friday
I opened my eyes on the Friday and was greeted by the mother of all hangovers. I can handle my drink and normally I can drink like a monster, but after mixing my drinks the previous day, I was pretty much dead all morning on the Friday. I forced myself to make a move and do something with myself because I felt like I was just wasting my holiday. After a shower and some breakfast, I started to feel so much better and I was ready to head on ours.
I had heard about a spot in the town, across the river where there is a homage to Michelangelo’s David and from there you can get panoramic views of the whole of Florence. I knew for a fact that I wanted to head on up there. Google Maps said that it would take around an hour to get up there and with the state of my feet and my hangover I knew it would take nearly double that, but we had all the time in the world and it would be so nice to see more of Florence, but just strolling around. It took us 3 hours, including breaks and drink stops. We underestimated our own fitness and the 34-degree heat really didn’t help. Plus, the hike up to where the statue was and the views, I felt like I was going to collapse.
The views from the top, were incredible and it really did justify why we had made the hike up there. We sat and had an ice cream and a drink together and took it all in. I have never been in a more beautiful place. As we stood there, to the left all we could see for miles was all of the buildings of Florence and the incredibly architecture and to the right you could just see the stunning fields of Tuscany and it was breath-taking. I thought that I had fallen in love with Rome, but if I could have built a house right there and then I would have without even thinking about it. In the end, I think we were up there around 2 hours just taking all of it and trying to gear ourselves up for the decent!


On the way, back down the hill I was pretty sure that my calves were going to explode. I have never felt pressure like that in my legs before, it was like the world’s most intense workout. When we got to the bottom of the hill my legs were shaking like crazy, I honestly thought I was going to hit the floor. But to my left was the Ponte Vecchio bridge which is such an icon in Florence and I was desperate to walk across it. I just love all of the history behind the bridge and the secret passageways, nerd alert.
We then headed back into the main centre of Florence and it was time for me to hit the shops again. I found the most incredibly road that had a Prada, Gucci, Tiffany and Burberry all within 100 yards of each other so I did some spending. By the time we had finished, it was time to eat. All I wanted was a lovely pizza. We went to a lovely pizzeria and it was just the perfect meal to finish the holiday off on. I was so full that I could barely move when I had finished. We then headed back to our hotel and made a couple of stops along the way for more drinks!
Back in the room, we packed up our things and got ourselves ready to head on home the next day. It was a struggle trying to get all of my new things in the cases, especially because I like to try and keep all of the boxes. I ended up fitting everything in my case by leaving and binning all of my toiletries behind. But I did it guys!


Saturday
I feel like the Saturday is barely worth mentioning. We had to be out of our hotel room at 11am in the morning and our flight wasn’t while 10pm at night so we had a hell of a wait on our hands. Our train back to Rome was at 2pm, so we had to sit in a McDonalds for a couple of hours to kill some time and it was so incredibly boring. We could have walked around but we had out heavy ass cases to lug around and I didn’t want to get overly sweaty with having to fly home that evening. We did have the option of leaving our cases at the hotel, but everybody just lined their cases up in reception in an unsafe place where anybody could have walked in and grabbed them and with how much I had spent that week, it was far too valuable to leave behind.
The day just seemed to last forever and we didn’t get back into the house until 4am in the morning after landing and driving back home. I hate days like that where you are still away but you can’t do anything and it is just a waste of a day. But, I guess I couldn’t moan about it because we had the best week. Some people said that a week didn’t seem long enough, but by the end we were shattered and aching and I can honestly say that a week is more than enough for that kind of non-stop doing things!
I would highly recommend Italy to anybody, especially Rome and Florence, they were just so amazing. I think next on my little Italian list is Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, roll on next year! 
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18 comments

  1. Oh wow such beautiful photos. I would love to visit Florence one day, it's stunning xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

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  2. I love reading travel diaries, yous was really interesting. Italy is such a dreamy place and I really cannot wait until I can visit it. Love the way you explained everything and I chuckled when you said that you refused to take one more step. Hope your legs are better now! xx

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    1. It took around a full week, but my legs are now back to full strength!

      Danielle xx

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  3. these photos are beautiful! i've always wanted to visit Florence.

    Abigail Alice x

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    1. It is out of this world, I loved every single moment of it!

      Danielle xx

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  4. haha you are so like me, whenever i go on city breaks i spend 99% of the time complaining that my feet hurt! but i do love wandering round and getting lost on holiday so it's the price to pay!

    i really, really want to go to florence, it's been on my bucket list for ages now and your photos have made me wanna go even more!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. I know, the next time I go for a city break I am taking comfortable trainers, I don't even care how they look!

      Danielle xx

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  5. Florence is on my travel wishlist! It looks so beautiful! It sounds like you need a holiday after all that!! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I would love to go back, it is unbelievable!

      Danielle xx

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  6. What a gorgeous place, must add this to the list to visit! x

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    1. I walked around in awe, it is an amazing place!

      Danielle xx

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  7. Oh I just love Florence! I went there on a day trip last year (I had been as a child too) and it's one of my favourite places in the world. We too went to that point which overlooks everything and it was just a stunning place. Glad you had an amazing time!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. We are already planning another trip back, I feel like I could make myself right at home in Italy!

      Danielle xx

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  8. Florence has to be one of my favourite places in Europe :) the Duoma is just breathtaking!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I need to go back already, it is incredible!

      Danielle xx

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  9. I'm really dreaming of holidays at the mo so am drawn to any travel related posts. This sounds great, a must place to visit by the sounds of it x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. It is out of this world, I am already planning another trip back there!

      Danielle xx

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