I love to entertain and was very excited when I found out my friend Christina and her fiancée Justin were coming to Florence for a wedding.

Christina lives and works in London and Justin has a tech company in Berlin.  As you can imagine they are  frequent flyers. The wedding was Friday so Saturday evening was ours. I decided to have Prosecco and apertivo at my place. I font thing there is any better place than Italy to makes great appetizer presentation.  I love the planning and shopping.

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I over bought as usual but I was able to turn this into 2 nights of dinner.  It made a great salad one night

and pasta the next

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They are such a cute and nice couple. They both have passion for their careers, travel and each other.

so cool that they are sitting in my Italian living room.

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We walked 2 blocks to my little neighborhood and had a nice dinner.  I thought the place was only a pizzeria but pleasantly surprised by a menu of great variety. Another new discovery that makes me like my new neighborhood even more.

Sunday I decided Zoe and I needed to take a little bus trip out of Florence but not too far.  Fresole is a town on a scenic hill about 5 miles away.  Sounded perfect and it was an easy 2 bus trip away.

it is a tourist destination so I figured even though it is August and a Sunday there would be some places open.

The ride up was beautiful and the view was everything I was hoping for.

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A very pretty town center and not a lot of people, very nice for wandering around before lunch.

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Found this cute little guy in a store window  I knock and knocked and finally got a small reaction.  I was beginning to think it wasn’t real.

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Zoe is loving all the little green lizards we have been seeing, but they are way to fast for her.

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This was outside of a store that sold vintage coins.

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Not many stores open but did find this nice tabletop store that was open and she was gracious when I asked her if I could take pictures. She had a beautiful collection of brightly color d dishes with animals and asked me not to take pictures of them.  Darn!

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There was not a lack of places for lunch and After checking out several different menus this spinach and cheese omelette spoke to me.
imageThe bus rud was almost as he best part of the trip with these gorgeous views.

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If you look real close you will see th Domo, which is always a treat.

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Got back to Florence and waiting for our second bus and found this. 

What a really nice weekend we had.

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