From Dream to Reality

Ready to go!
Ready to go!

For years I’ve dreamed about being in Italy, this time not in a country villa but in a town/city where I could immerse myself in everyday life.  Now the dream is a reality and Florence is where I’ll be for a month.  Why Florence?

FlorenceIt is one of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing spots


well known for the domed Duomo that can be seen from all over the city.

Santa Croce
Santa Croce

It is home to stunning architecture

David as he stands in Plazza della Signoria
David as he stands in Plazza della Signoria

and familiar works of art created centuries ago.  

FlorenceNow I’m sure to see much of those sites, but the real reason I’m here is to discover markets with all their temptations.

Florence/foodI want to buy fresh ingredients for meals we will eat at home

Florence/gelatoand sample every flavor of gelato. 

Coniglio stuffed with salami, spinach and fennel

I want to try as many authentic Tuscan dishes as possible.  In Florence, that should be no problem as there are thousands of restaurants.

FlorenceI want to explore tiny side streets hoping to find artisans at work

Florenceand when I need a break I want to stop at a sidewalk cafe for refreshment.

FlorenceIn the evening, I want to be part of the noisy crowds that eat and drink late into the night.

Hey, I better get started if I’m going to find out whether the reality is as good as the dream!  Won’t you join me for the adventure?

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36 thoughts on “From Dream to Reality

  1. oh how fun! Can I sneak into your suitcase? lol! You look so cute and ready to have a fabulous adventure. Can’t wait to hear and see all that you get to experience! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  2. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things! Hope to see you again this week with some awesome photos!

    1. Thank you. I hope you will travel along.

  3. I’m so incredibly happy for you. Thank you for sharing your dream to reality at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I can’t wait to see all of your posts from Italy. I’ll be featuring your exciting news and post on Tuesday xo

    1. You are a sweetheart. Thank you.

  4. How wonderful for you ! I love Florence but have only been there for very short stays. A whole month sounds like heaven. Have a fabulous time, Lulu. 😄

  5. Oh I am so joining you on this trip! Can’t wait to see your wonderful pictures and posts! How great!! Tina

  6. Welcome you will love the city, ben arrivata

    1. Thank you. So far, so good.

  7. Well you GO girl!!! How could it possibly disappoint??????

  8. Have a wonderful month, Linda!

  9. My virtual passport is ready!

    Sent from my iPhone🌴♻️


  10. Don’t miss the restaurant Del Pennelo. The sooner the better because you’ll want to go again. Go to the Plaza and stand at the back of the horse and rider statue. Follow the side street you see from where you stand. Up a couple of streets until you smell something really good. ( The AmEx office is nearby).

    1. We are not far and it sounds great!

      1. With Google it may be easier to find these days.

  11. Sounds like a trip of a lifetime Lulu – can’t wait to see your photographs, because what you’ve already posted is real tempting!

  12. Enjoy! It sounds wonderful…mmm, that gelato!

  13. Can’t wait to read about your adventures – a month in Florence sounds perfect. Brings back happy memories of our trip last year.

    1. Yes, Joy, I have your posts as reference.

  14. Looking forward to your next adventure…enjoy every minute!!!

  15. With a whole month you really will be able to experience this city and all it has to offer. What fun!

  16. So happy that your dream is coming true and I so look forward to your adventures…and you look adorable!!!!

  17. I’ve only scratched the surface of Florence twice. I look forward to taking a deeper look with you!

  18. A whole month? So jealous–have a wonderful time!

    1. I’m trying as many wines as possible but Aperol spritzer is mighty good too!

  19. Oh my goodness.. You look so cute at the airport..I know your off on true adventure with all the time to see and experience the wonderful city of Florence..
    Enjoy your special trip!!!

  20. Have a ball- will be waiting in Maine to read about your adventures- we head up Thursday!

    1. Marcia, we must get together this year as we blew it last summer.

      1. You got it – let me know when you get to town!!! Enjoy your trip!

  21. i loved Florence–cried seeing David for the first time. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

  22. Have the time of your life in Florence Lulu! x Sharon

  23. Have fun…I will be waiting to hear/read all the details.
    Love, Lark

  24. Sounds fascinating…so happy you have the opportunity to fulfill a dream!

  25. A few years back, I spent three weeks in Italy, based in Orvieto. Florence was one of the few cities I didn’t visit while there. It is a beautiful country and I hope to get back someday. Enjoy!

  26. Oh how wonderful … if you want to hop over to Ireland I’ll be waiting!!!

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