|shop window display, Florence|
I have been thinking a lot about Easter last year, when we were in Italy. We took the train from Rome to Florence on Thursday morning so we would be all settled for what I was presuming would be like a Melbourne Easter: nothing open on Good Friday and the town pretty quiet. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong: being a tourist destination, everything was open: shops, restaurants, you name it.
( Probably smaller non-tourist towns shut down?)
We went to a supermarket to see if we could find some chocolate eggs for J for Sunday morning: interestingly they seemed hardly " a thing" in Italy, not like here in Australia where there are gluttonous displays of often pretty crappy products everywhere. We managed to find a little packet and a bunny - otherwise there were gigantic eggs the size of a Sherrin football for sale. Maybe someone can enlighten me but it seemed more normal in Italy to buy one one these to give to a child or take as a gift rather than a million small ones. I saw a couple of people obviously headed off for lunch, carrying them on Easter Sunday.
I found a smaller version of one of these in the stupormarket last week so bought one because I was feeling nostalgic.
|this year's pretend Italian egg|
On Good Friday we went walking to the Duomo where the queues to get in were pretty long so we had a hot chocolate and espresso outside instead. On Saturday we went to San Gimignano and Siena;
on Easter Sunday a walking tour of Florence and visited Michelangelo's David and then the Botticellis in the afternoon. There were also ceremonial Florentine fireworks outside the Duomo on Sunday morning! On Easter Monday we went to Pisa and got stuck in a traffic jam on the way back as all the Florentians (?) came back from Easter away. Some things don't change from country to country!
I'm re-posting some pictures I put up last year, because I can.
|hotel decoration, Rome|
|J's egg haul, in Florence|
|Easter fireworks, Florence|
|over Easter, bowls of chocolate pieces were part of the hotel breakfast buffet|