Christmas time in Florence is pretty great. It’s COLD, but usually pretty sunny. The city is all lit up and decorated and I love being bundled up in a big winter coat. There are tons of people out shopping even though all you hear on the news over here is la crisi, the economic crisis. But I still see people running around town in their expensive looking shoes carrying bags from designer shops, so I don’t believe a word of this crisi crap! Crisis schmisis, Shop til your heart is happy, I always say. 🙂 And as we all know, we will find happiness if we just keep trying to buy it, right? Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Ok well anyway, as much as I think that shopping and gifts are not a necessary or important part of the holiday season, I really love the feel of Christmas and everything that goes with it, so sue me! Some pictures below of what I love this time of year (I have to work on my photography skills. Sorry).
The Santa Croce German Christmas Market. Come here for sausages, sauerkraut, good beer and mulled wine, piles and piles of sweets and candy and then walk down the road to the hospital to treat your high blood sugar.
- Ornaments at the Christmas Market. Mom which one do you want?
My weakness. The Haribo Stall.
In the foreground: The Haribo Giant Strawbs. My favorite, and the only place I have ever seen them is Australia. I jumped with joy at the sight of these and then almost gave myself diabetes after eating too many of these tasty little guys.
A frosty view from my mid-morning run. Brrr.
The beautiful hills on the south side of Florence with the 12th century stone wall running through the middle of the neighborhood. Glad I live on the inside of the wall just in case we get attacked by Romans or Barbarians again.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… Don’t eat too many of these. They’re addictive but you’ll be damn sorry. Trust me.
A little bling at night in Firenze…
This isn’t very Christmas-y but I thought it was funny. Cops “at work” in Florence. I walked by, they were watching cat videos on youtube on a smart phone. I shit you not, that’s what they were doing.