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The title of this post is in German 🙂 I’m leaving in a few hours for Munich to celebrate the last weekend of Oktoberfest. Though I’m not a beer fan, I’m going to get myself a large stein of (light) german beer and enjoy it! Although I hear they have one mixed with lemonade 😉

I will be back on Sunday with a full recap!

~Erika

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Gelato of the Day

Pistacio

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We bought the Firenze sweatshirts…

We snapped shots of all the buildings…

We’ve enjoyed free wine tastings…

We’ve climbed to the top of the Duomo…

We’ve sipped plenty of cappuccinos

We’ve eaten gelato just about everyday – sometimes twice…

We’ve I’ve tried the coconut on the street…

And we’ve made several purchases from the leather markets….

Now we can speak a little Italian, we stand much closer when we walk/talk to others, and we avoid the restaurants that advertise in English. But truth be told, we will always embrace our inner tourist.

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Gelato of the Day

Cookies!

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Ciao!

I just returned home from a (short) weekend trip to Switzerland and Como Lake. Although the views of the Alps and the lake were awesome, there was wayyy too much bus travel involved. Regardless, I snapped some great shots!

Day 1: Switzerland (St. Moritz)

We arrived in Switzerland in the afternoon by the Bernina Express – a train with high windows that runs through the Alps. The ride was about 2 hours, and covered the most beautiful landscape.

We saw SO MUCH snow! It was actually very cold in Switzerland – we had jackets and gloves on, which was quite a change from our 80 degree weather in Florence.

After we settled into our hotel, we hit the nearest chocolate shop.

 

I came out with 3 LARGE bars (dark, milk, hazelnut) and several truffles. They were delicious! One of my favorites was stuffed with coconut.

We snapped a few pictures near the mountains….

…then headed back to the hotel around 7 for a traditional Swiss dinner.

Pasta with mushroom cream sauce

This was originally turkey w/gravy and french friends. My request for a vegetarian meal? An entire plate of french fries.

Dessert: chocolate mousse!

Day 2: Como Lake, Italy

We woke up bright and early in the morning, and enjoyed an INCREDIBLE breakfast, full of swiss muesli, meats and cheeses, oatmeal, yogurts, etc.

Swiss muesli, blueberry yogurt, nutella, and hardboiled eggs (plus coffee with fresh steamed milk)

After breakfast we made the trek to Como Lake. We had to take a ferry to 2 different islands, which was overall a LOT of traveling. But the views were beautiful!

We enjoyed lunch in the city of Como

The best 10 euro I spent: grilled summer vegetables w/olive oil

We walked around the city for a couple hours, and made the long trek back home. Now it’s back to school until Thursday, then off to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest!

Ciao for now!

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Gelato of the Day

Matcha (Green Tea!)

What’s even better – this small cone was one 1 euro 😉

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The title says it all – I am currently packing my bags for snowy/rainy weather. It’s still 80 and sunny here in Florence, but tomorrow I will be leaving for a weekend trip to Switzerland and Como Lake. Apparently it’s much colder 1500 ft up in the mountains 😉

Today I wandered around the leather markets, and ended up stopping in the Central Market for some last-minute snacks. I grabbed a few apples and some bulk items (dates, figs, and walnuts) for the trip. My friends and I also ordered a sandwich for tomorrows lunch – I stuffed mine with brie, lettuce, peppers, and cucs 🙂

Checklist:

Northface
Gloves
Hat
Boots
Longsleeve Shirt
Jeans
CHECK!

I will be back Sunday with a full recap and hopefully a box of chocolates!

Ciao!

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A few days ago I climbed 414 steps in Giotto’s Bell Tower – solo. It’s right next to the Duomo, and costs 6 Euro (about $8.00) I was wearing a dress and sandals, but that didn’t stop me 🙂

They journey UP the tower was just as incredible as the top. There were winding staircases and narrow passageways (just like the Duomo). At the top (as seen in the pictures) the view was breathtaking. I could see the people at the top of the Duomo, as well as panoramic views of Florence.  It was SO worth the trip!

I’m off to get my groove on with my housemates. Talk to you tomorrow!

Ciao!

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Tart frozen yogurt with granola

Buttercrunch and Noce (Walnut)

Amarretto and Riso (Rice)

Those last two may have been consumed on the same day. Oh yes.

Gelato here in Italia really is delicious – it has a creaminess about it that is hard to replicate. As of today, I’ve been here for 3 weeks + 3 days, and I haven’t missed a day of gelato yet. (So that’s where all my money went!?) In terms of gelaterias, my friends and I have found a few gems that we keep coming back to. Two of our favs?

 Grom

Known for their all-natural gelato, Grom prides itself on using high-quality ingredients. Their gelato is made with fresh whole milk 🙂 I’ve tried their “Crem di Grom” and it was INCREDIBLE. They say that it is made with Battifollo biscuits and Columbia “teyuna” chocolate chips. It tastes like a creamy graham cracker and chocolate combo!

Cafe Carrozze

Known for its high-quality, home-made gelato – despite attracting a lot of attention near the Ponte Vecchio. My favorite here is definitely the Pistachio. Their gelato is made with cream instead of milk, which gives it an INCREDIBLE taste. YUM.

If you find yourself in Florence, head straight for the gelato.
I promise, it makes everything better 😉

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Unpictured Chocolate Mousse and Tiramisu

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As wonderful as it is to live in a foreign country, sometimes you miss the ‘little things’ back home.

Large grocery stores

Rite Aid

Dryers

Birds chirping in the morning

Pumpkins

Diners 😉

That’s right. I mean good old-fashioned, hashbrown-smellin’ diners. And lucky for us, there’s one right in Florence.

Ketchup, mustard, and mayo on the table

My dinner:
3-egg veggie omelette, ‘hash-brown’ fries, toast + an unpictured glass of white wine

My only complaint? I wanted some butter for my toast 😉 In all fairness, they did have Tabasco, though it was no Franks Red Hot.

The Diner satisfied our American food cravings, though I can’t seem to find substitute for my Trader Joes Soyaki + homemade stirfry. I think for now I will just embrace the Italian cuisine – and maybe stop by The Diner now and then for some pancakes and a coffee 😉

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