Today I am dreaming about the 3 months that I won't be waking up and getting the kids ready for school and dropping them off at school in the cold. And surprisingly, I am actually looking forward to it (if you know me at all you would be surprised too).
I am especially looking forward to getting up early and taking Iain and the kids for a walk along the Arno River (lungarno) every morning before all the other tourists are filling the streets. I will of course be seeing it for the first time as well. We will probably get lost in the labyrinth of alleyways and narrow streets. The Ponte Vecchio (bridge with shops on it and houses) is near the top of my list to walk on while the shops are open and closed.
I look forward to eating (mangiare) alot of fantastic food and walking alot of it off along the cobblestone streets, the stairs in the Duomo might get used alot for exercise. We have promised the kids that they can have a gelato everyday while we are out exploring the city (citta). And a promise to Iain is that He can have a coffee (un caffe)while we are out . You should hear him practising his Italian "Vorrei un caffe con latte e zucchero, per favore" (I would like a coffee with milk and sugar please). This phrase is very important for him.
I am actually looking forward to not being able to watch tv (tivu-not spelling but pronunciation)in English, so I probably won't be watching much at all. This again, if you know me, you find this pretty hard to believe.
Another aspect of being in Florence (Firenze) in July it is Summer (estate) and boy are we all looking forward to that.
Watch for more on this tomorrow.