Monday, March 25, 2019
Taste Food Fair
Anyone who loves food and freebies should have been at the Pitti Taste fair in Florence, Italy this weekend. If you were not, then make sure you roll your fat a** down there next year....
So after telling you about the heat wave in Rome, it’s time to cool down with some nice Florentine Gelato — don’t go calling it ice-cream, cause they’re two different things, even though most people...
My name is Amir, but everybody knows me as Muzzi, and somehow I have found myself moving from the comfort of University in England where I was born and raised, to living and working in...
Tourist With Map Firenze
Coming to Florence has been the craziest experience of my 21 years. I shocked everyone when I told them. Going abroad appealed to me because I wanted to stick out of the crowd. I wanted...
Chianti Wine Tour Let’s talk about wine. I mean, it is almost impossible to talk about Italy without mentioning wine, or maybe that’s just a me thing. Before my vacation, I had heard how cheap, delicious,...
The Florence Tattoo Convention is an annual event in Florence, Italy, held at the Fortezza del Basso, a Renaissance fort that has been converted into a convention center.  It hosts world-renowned tattoo artists, body piercers,...
In case you didn't already know, this week Florence hosts Pitti Uomo, a giant fashion trade show event, unlike anything you've ever seen. But the clothes aren't the thing to die for...it's the people. They...
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”--Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love
Just a litte preview of the new Hard Rock Cafè in Florence.
Cabin seats
I was doing the unthinkable, on the brink of breaking my new year’s resolution, booking a flight home from Pisa to London, with Ryanair. The reasons for my personal boycott of this particular no frills, no thrills airline were perfectly valid but it was a long time ago since I last flew with them. Surely it couldn’t still be that much of an unpleasant experience? They were still operating, after all.So, at my computer I negotiate my way through the online booking process, lured in by the illuminated strobe candy !!€7 until midnight!! (I think that refers to the price of the snack pack on board, which doesn’t come with a drink by the way. What kind of snack is that?). In the extra cost field I dodged the default priority boarding tab and the automatic travel insurance, backed up the automatic text message alert truck, hurdled across the branded Ryanair luggage purchase (please!) and jumped all over the recommended hotel and car hire bookings…with the skill of the penitent Indiana Jones “kneeling” before God to claim the holy grail.Moment of hesitation: Number of bags to check in? Sod it, Indiana Jones only needed his leather satchel and his hat, I’m not paying to cart around two pairs of extra shoes. I’m taking one pair of shoes, and they’ll be on my feet at check-in. I was only going for 2 nights after all. Laptop can go in my hand luggage next to shoes, a couple of pairs of knickers and socks, a few tops, mandatory chunk of Parmesan cheese for my brother, and off I go…As outbound flights go, this one wasn’t too bad. No one weighed my bag at Pisa airport or seemed to mind me carrying a small handbag in addition to my carry-on case, which I was prepared to put inside the case if necessary - I was playing by the rules. Cabin seatsApart from the roller coaster, get to know your neighbour, bright yellow seats and the ridiculous trumpet sounding on landing celebrating that we were all still alive and Ryanair had managed to land on time (sorry, should we be thanking them for sticking to a timetable?) I arrived at Stansted relatively unfazed.