Pisa was incredible. It's a nice city, and the Italian way of life is really nice (especially when you're ERASMUS and living there.) Of course, the highlight was the decent cappuccino which doesn't exist in France (I'm only joking Nic and Ruth - it was obviously you girls.)
My train arrived about 8pm after a 12 hour journey. Nicola was there waiting open arms and we had a little Love Actually style reunion before heading to her flat where she'd prepared an al fresco dinner with some of her friends on her balcony.
LOOK at her view:
We noshed on chicken and sipped homemade vino courtesy of Luccia's family, and when the girls left, Nic and I had a girly sleepover, chatting till the early hours catching up on the previous months which was lovely.
Day 2 was culinary filled and heavenly. We started off in a quaint street-side cafe sipping cappuccinos, eating parmigana mellazana (best I ever had) and then fulfilled our shopping needs in Zara. It's safe to say we are not the best influence on one another in terms of financial circumstances but the same cannot be said for our wardrobes. It had been far too long since we shopped together and someone said the Italian economy is struggling? - we needed to.
Then came only the most incredible thing. Ever. A nice glass of white wine and the pièce de la resistance: Crostata. (OK so the two don't really go together but we were celebrating...)
Then it was tower time.
It had to be done!
And then we settled down for the night.....with Prosecco.
Prosecco finished, we made way to this incredible spaghetti place the girls frequent on a regular basis where we had get the best Spaghetti Bolognese I ever tasted, which was washed down with some nice Tuscan red wine. The night continued much to the same effect (and may have included karaoke to Frank Sinatra,) needless to say that the next day left us feeling a little bit fragile. There was only one thing to do: have Carambars for breakfast and head into the centre to make the most of the amazing pasta before I dealt with a train to Florence to meet Mum and David.
|Italian humour at it's best.|
The following day we did the touristy stuff:
|The fake David statue|
|Climbed 476(approx) steps up the Duomo to see this incredible view.|
The next day we went to Fiesole, a town on the outskirts of Florence which has some beautiful scenery and nice walks. We grabbed a tourist info map and went on a little walk, following one of the routes which took us to some beautiful viewpoints:
|We did not plan to coordinate outfits - honestly.|
It's a beautiful city with some gorgeous Italian architecture and definitely worth the visit. It was made better by the incredible cappuccinos and good company in both locations! I'm now cooped up in my Lyonnais bedroom revising and daydreaming about the amazing Nutella Crostata I was tucking into this time last week, wishing I could have some more (this time with a cuppa) instead of learning vocab for a horrible translation test.
Thankfully the exams are done as of Wednesday leaving me with a month to play with and enjoy!
-Quick update: the flat are making chocolate cake. Prayers have been answered!