I can't believe it's taken me this long to put up my holiday photos! It's been about a month since we got back from Florence, and it feels like a distant memory already. It doesn't take long, does it? So it's nice to go through my photos again and reminisce about what an awesome holiday it was.
It's actually the third time I've been to Florence, but the first time I've had a decent amount of time there. We visited a few years ago en route to my friend's wedding and only stayed three days or so, and then when I was in Lucca the year later, we went on a day trip. This time we went for five nights, which was the perfect amount of time to see everything. We'd neglected most of the sights when I went before, so this time it was good to see the Duomo, Michelangelo's David and the Boboli Gardens.
The trip also marked the first proper holiday Matt and I have been on together, and Florence was the perfect setting to be a bit mushy. Even though it's very touristy, it really is a beautiful city - the architecture is stunning and the scenery is amazing. Oh, and the FOOD! We ate so many incredible things, I'm actually going to do a separate post dedicated to it.
Walking up the steps to the Duomo might have killed me slightly, but it was worth it for the incredible view. But if you visit, make sure you head to the Boboli Gardens too - the view is just as good. We went on our last day, and spent hours lying on the grass reading. After days of walking around the city and cramming lots in, it was lovely to just relax and enjoy being there. It was one of my favourite parts of the holiday, because even though I don't really get a lot out of "sun" holidays where the aim is to spend as much time lying down and going as brown as possible (kind of pointless when your skin is closer to blue than brown), it's nice to take those moments to relax sometimes.
We just had the BEST time. We're already planning next year's holiday... I just wish it could be sooner!