Sunday, February 13, 2011

Oltrarno Mornings

Right now it’s Sunday morning, 11:30 and I’m sitting in Cafe Marino, a way cute little place where the people who work are incredibly friendly and everything is amazing. I got my very first croissant at this place and right now I’m sipping some tea.  I would normally be having a cappuccino, but I may or may not have already had one already. Today (at least this morning) is a Lauren morning. I’ve been a little sick the last couple of days, just fighting a cold, no big deal, but haven’t felt much like staying out late. So today so far I got up at 8:30, walked to a cafe near me and had a cappuccino, cheese and bread, and a nice little quiet and journal time.

Before I left a friend told me to spend as little time in my house as possible. These words rang in my head as I scraped the last of my chocolate-y foam from my cup and decided to brave the drizzly rain and grey clouds and find some adventure.  

I headed over to the Santo Spirito Cathedral. I forgot, but they always have a flea market in the courtyard, plaza area in front of the church. It’s seriously the coolest thing ever – better than any swap meet with even more random stuff.  Cheese, paintings, furniture, jewelry, broken odds and beautiful ends.
A few finds:

 Flower Vans

 Ultimate I-Spy

 Un caffe

The rain picked up and I was getting chilly, but nowhere near ready to call it quits. I went back to the apartment to grab another coat, and my camera and headed over to the grocery store to get some apples and veggies. I went back to the flea market to take pictures and finally found myself here with a pot of tea and plenty of time. Una mattina perfetta.


  1. whooooohooooo!!! love it, love it, love it!!!! Awesome way to spend the day and may I say, your Italian is coming along nicely. You SO. HAVE to give me directions to the flea mkt. so Carol and I can go on the sunday we are there.
    love you even more.

  2. Yeah. Get out every day. See all you can. Fantastic. Go San Lorenzo with its market.

  3. Well, your mother's request is my request as well! Am loving yours and Leah's posts and how different living in a place is compared to just being a tourist. I confess...envy every time I read the posts! Where oh where is the hill from which you view your world?? I hope we get to spend some time with you on Spring break!!Love you to bits.