Looking out from the inside, windows distort the view

A gridded view of Roman life.

Monochromatic coexistence: Contemporary reflects gothic

In Vienna the old faces off against the new, this is particularly obvious where the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral faces off against the modern, glass-and-steel Haas Haus building. This monochromatic reflection demonstrates how old is incorporated by the new.

Also check out my foodies tour of Florence, fig and chocolate gelato a must.

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Giovanna e Marco: Foodies tour Firenze

Come on a foodies tour of Florence with us, Giovanna and Marco (Italian aliases courtesy of our tour guide).

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To start in Italy one must always begin with an espresso.

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and a nice light breakfast – sfogliatina alla crema at Pasticceria Sieni.

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Heading to Florence’s central market for a hearty second breakfast. Slow braised veal panino.

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Don’t forget the hot sauce.

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A quick meander around the market and a stop off to taste some cheese and salumi.

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So much cheese.

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So much parmigiano.

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A major highlight – balsamic appreciation. So delicious!

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Balsamic on everything!

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Can you be a foodie in Florence without the obligatory wine tasting? I think not, and also ensure that you get a good grappa spritzing. Grappa immersion is apparently the only way to appreciate it. Grappa immersion is messy so the camera was put away.

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And wrapping up an Italian food tour should end with gelati. Not once.

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Dairy lovers: Melon and pistachio. Non dairy: Melon and watermelon.
Not twice.

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Dairy lovers: Cheesecake, raspberry mousse and chocolate. Non dairy: Fig and chocolate. Note this was the best ever!
But thrice.

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Dairy lovers: Tiramisu and coffee. Non dairy: Grape and limon.
Too much gelati? Maybe or maybe not?

A special thanks to our friends for sending us on this wonderful food tour of Florence.

Connectivity is a necessary part of modern life

In Valencia modern homes are connected to the outside world through jungles of antennas and satellites.