One thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's blog and don't want to forget to write about: when we were at lunch we sat at a high table on stools. The place was packed! My cane dropped to the ground -- with a CRASH! A young boy -- maybe 8 -- was at the table next to me. Without being asked and in a nanosecond of the cane hitting the ground he jumped off his high stool to pick up my cane and hand it to me. That little act of kindness touched my heart so deeply!
This morning we cut into a melon we bought yesterday -- WOW! The flavor was amazing! It is nice to reflect on the small pleasures in life.
Speaking of which -- you may be wondering why different members of my family have been and are with me on sabbatical. The difficulty I face as a bishop is that I rarely see them -- this is an opportunity to spend time with them -- it can't make up for the time I've missed with them these past six years, but I will say it has been a great gift to my heart.
I was on a hunt this morning to find the Santa Maria perfumery -- and I did. Wow! The building alone was amazing! Here are some pictures and a link to the website:
Of all the things I could buy what did I buy? Soap! Of course I did!
More fun re-discoveries of things we saw on our first day, but got to share with our family members who just got here:
We continued on our walk to the Piazza Della Signori--I skipped taking pictures in the loggia but I did snap these:
We stopped for coffee and next to the coffee shop I discovered a prayer chapel that was open-- of course I went in to say a prayer:
We headed over to look for a pizza place that Devika wanted to try and stumbled on a smaller market -- similar to the Mercato Centrale -- the vegetable portion of this market is outside -- the market itself is located near Santa Croce-- Mercato di Sant' Ambrogio:
On to pizza!
Outside the restaurant (Il Pizzaiuolo) was a doggy bar. Inside was a warm atmosphere with great food. We could see the pizzas being made via a mirror near the kitchen.
A trip for the women to the Santa Croce leather school and for the men to the library (where they were able to get library cards -- really!).
And then -- gelato! Of course I had pistachio!
Took the long way back to the townhouse -- and saw more interesting sights along the way on the various streets we passed through:
A quiet evening with a short walk at night.
Total steps walked: 20,862. 8.02 miles.