It's nearly 3 in the morning here in Florence and I think I may be a bit jet lagged. Went on a long walk around the city first thing. It's a very walkable place and we got all the way to the Duomo. I'm loving the narrow streets and the architecture. I love the way the buildings shoot straight up and make canyons of the street. There just aren't cities this old in the U.S. so the atmosphere is incredibly different.
The flight over was smooth. Watched two movies and didn't sleep. Landing at Charles de gaulle was just like landing in the Mid-West, but the landscape of Italy, even from the plane was different. I was seeing something I know I've never seen before, which is always a stirring feeling.
One of the most beautiful things I've seen so far was the sunrise over the Atlantic as we flew east yesterday. It never really got completely dark. We went from sunset to sunrise, though stars were also visible. I also saw tiny little lone lights from ships out on the water in the middle of the big ocean, and I wondered who they where.
The sunset bouncing off the walls of the plane making a pretty orange glow.
This is the exit sign here. I must have looked really silly snapping pictures of it. Especially because later I realized that it's everywhere. It appears to be just the general exit sign for the country. But I just thought it was so funny. The little figure looks so panicked.
Stuff so far...
- Had my very first airport full body pat down (thanks CDG)
- Really nice hot shower here
- Ate two great nectarines one cost me 1.30 E and the other .44 E (hence people will overcharge you if they think they can)
- Had to ignore a gypsy lady who was calling me bella and asking for money, it was hard and she made a disgusted noise like she thought I was a snob.