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Nov. 7, 2005: Day 3 in the Old Country (Part II)

“I love your smile,” the waitress told me on the way out the door. The perfect compliment for the perfect evening. So far this trip, dinner at Acqua Al 2 was the best meal we’ve had. The food kept coming, the wine was great and the atmosphere was jovial. To top it all off, the waitress was great, deserving of a 10 Euro tip, perhaps the first tip we’ve left so far. The meals here

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Nov. 7, 2005: Day 3 in the Old Country

Today (thus far) we visited four churches — all with amazing architecture and great history. We started out at Cenacolo di Ognissanti. The church, which dates to the 13th century, was the parish of the Vespucci family, including Amerigo (America’s namesake). From there, we went to Il Duomo and climbed 470 plus steps (so I’m told) for an amazing view of Florence. The building — both inside and outside — was breathtaking. The first stone

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Nov. 6, 2005: Day 2 in the Old Country

Just returned from a day out in Florence. It rained and was overcast, but nonetheless, it was great.We started out the day by going to Trattoria Za Za, where I had ravioli Ricotta filled with Ricotta Cheese and Spinach, complimented by Santa Cristina wine. I must admit that I am not usually a wine drinker, but have enjoyed having wine with every meal. After lunch, we spent some time shopping at a market in downtown

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Nov. 5, 2005: Day 1 in the Old Country

We just returned from a pretty amazing day out in Florence. The night wrapped up with an amazing dinner at Vecchia Bettola. First there was anti-pasta, followed by pasts with an amazing vodka sauce. When it looked like the meal was over came the meat (86 euros worth). It had to be a three-pound steak. Amazing. Saw some great old buildings in Florence. It’s pretty neat to see just how old the city is, compared