The Truth In Fiction: The Florence Pictures from A Man of Character

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Just for fun, I thought I’d share with you a photo of the Florence pictures hanging in my dining room. They were the impetus behind the posters Cat Schreiber describes hanging on her wall in A Man of Character, and behind her view of Florence as the ultimate romantic destination.

The Palazzo Vecchio
The Palazzo Vecchio

See, in 2004, my husband and I were privileged enough to travel to Florence for a week. By ourselves. It was the first major vacation we’d taken since our son was born in 2001, and the whole week was magical. The Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi, the gelato… Heaven.

A view you don't often see of Michaelangelo's David...
A view you don’t often see of Michaelangelo’s David…

I remember the mesmerizing architecture, the stunning artwork, the 440+ steps to climb to the top of Giotti’s Bell Tower, the absolutely orgasmic food. Hubby remembers trying to climb up high enough to take a picture over a plastic barrier in the Duomo, and getting cussed out by an Italian security guard.

My husband was there for a conference, so there were days I had hours to myself, and I happily spent them exploring old churches and just soaking up the sights and sounds of the city. Everywhere you turned, there was history. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Entryway to the Duomo
Entryway to the Duomo

Though London is my all-encompassing love now, to this day, Florence holds a huge spot in my heart, and I would love to go back (though my waistline is probably happy I haven’t – I cannot rave enough about the food we ate while there).

I’ll throw in a few pictures below to show some of the spots we saw, including one from the day we zipped down to Rome.

What’s your ultimate fantasy destination? A tropical island? A European city? Backpacking in Asia? Let me know!


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The sense of peace inside the monastery walls was phenomenal. I loved strolling and just sitting to soak it all in.
The marvelous interior of an 11th century church.
The marvelous interior of an 11th century church.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum
My darling husband as we sat in a cafe, preparing to snarf down our next delicious meal.
My darling husband as we sat in a cafe, preparing to snarf down our next delicious meal.

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