we stayed up so late last night and decided to sleep in a little bit friday morning. i woke up to discover that a pigeon killed my basil plant by throwing it off the window ledge.
first, we ate a giant breakfast and then went to patrizio cosi for an espresso.
aaron and i walked through town and across the river to buy some prints from the shop i keep talking about. it was fun there because i ended up meeting the entire family and we ended up with some great things to hang in our house.
we had pizza at i tarochi. best. pizza. ever. (we are going back there for dinner tonight for our last dinner in florence.) one had tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and basil. the other, cheese, anchovies, capers, basil, and olive oil. they were both so balanced- the tomato and mozz were actually put on after the pizza was cooked so it had a great fresh taste and the anchovy and caper pizza was rich and not too salty. i wanted to lay down on the bench and take a nap afterward.
that afternoon i took aaron on a marathon tour of the palazzo vecchio. it was just as fascinating as the first time i went and we got to experience some great italian aggravation with dealing with americans (insert crabby moment here). i really liked getting to walk around with aaron because he liked to look at things that i was just as excited about the first time i went.
around 5pm our professors and class met up to toast to the end of a great month. we enjoyed sitting outside in the breeze to drink and chat.
dr. jenkens got aaron and i a reservation at quattro leoni (thanks dr. jenkens!) which is usually rather crowded.
we had a beautiful dinner! (and dessert…)
(fiocchetti- monks purses with pear, asparagus, and taleggio)
(cantucci e vin santo)
that night i had to pack to move to our hotel down the street in the morning. it was a little odd… it had really started to feel familiar and homey. but i am ready for a new adventure!