Florence: Osteria dell’Olio

We finally had a good meal in Florence thanks to Mary’s recommendation to eat at Osteria dell’Olio which was very near the Duomo. I forgot what this bread was called but I really, really loved the nutty taste and chewy texture. Does anyone know what this is called? Everything on this plate was good and fresh. IlContinue reading “Florence: Osteria dell’Olio”

Florence:Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square)

After a day of outlet shopping our driver brought us to Michelangelo Square to end the day with some culture.   Designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi, Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley and is a popular spot with locals and tourists. Created as part of major restructuringContinue reading “Florence:Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square)”

Florence: Locanda Dei Cantonieri

Our very knowledgeable driver brought us to Locanda Dei Cantonieri, a quaint B&B ten minutes away from The Mall outlet for our lunch. As soon as I saw the orange cake in the display I couldn’t wait til dessert. The restaurant had only a few tables and we were lucky that there was a table forContinue reading “Florence: Locanda Dei Cantonieri”

Florence: Outlet Shopping at The Mall & Space Prada

For me a good vacation is a fine balance between culture, good food and shopping. If one is missing it doesn’t feel right. The only exception is a beach vacation where I don’t expect any shopping. Luckily my two travel mates are also avid shoppers so dedicating a full day to outlet shopping in FlorenceContinue reading “Florence: Outlet Shopping at The Mall & Space Prada”

Florence: La Repubblica Ristorante

Our first meal in Florence wasn’t very good. There were a lot of restaurants around Piazza Duomo and we tried our best to find a decent place to have dinner and ended up at La Repubblica. Our first clue should have been the big group of tourists outside the restaurant. I should have realized theyContinue reading “Florence: La Repubblica Ristorante”

Florence: Il Duomo, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

I didn’t do much research on Florence so imagine my surprise when we reached the Piazza del Duomo and saw this amazingly beautiful cathedral made with pink and green marble. I’ve never seen any church like that. Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. The cathedralContinue reading “Florence: Il Duomo, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore”

Florence: Le Stanze dei Medici Bed & Breakfast

In Florence we stayed at  Le Stanze dei Medici  a bed and breakfast (B&B) located in Via Cavour a street lined with many stores and restaurants. It’s also a short five minute walk to Piazza del Duomo where all the major tourist attractions are located. This place was highly recommended by my cousin-in-law Mary who stayedContinue reading “Florence: Le Stanze dei Medici Bed & Breakfast”

Barcelona: El Prat Airport and Spain Highlights

Goodbye Barcelona! Goodbye Spain! It was a quick 8 day trip that started in Madrid and a quick stop to Bilbao on our way to beautiful seaside San Sebastian and ended with the best in Barcelona. Barcelona’s airport was nice and modern but the real reason for this post is my most important tip toContinue reading “Barcelona: El Prat Airport and Spain Highlights”

Barcelona: Tapas 24 & Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

My dreams of dining at El Buli will never be realized now that the famous restaurant of Ferran Adrià  has closed it’s doors. I tried desperately to get reservations at Tickets, the tapas bar in Barcelona Adrià opened with his brother. Reservations for a group of 16 was impossible so I tried it for 4 and evenContinue reading “Barcelona: Tapas 24 & Magic Fountain of Montjuïc”