The Search for the Borsalino

The only thing that David ask for in Italy was a Borsalino hat.  He had a used one years ago and had always wanted to get another one.  He started asking in Rome and no one knew where to get one.  Then our guide said he thought he could get it in Florence. In Florence David kept asking people and no one knew.  We then went on a tour with our local guide. After the tour David ask our guide.  She took him to the side and said down that road a few blocks and it is on the left.  We thought we had finally found it, but when we got there it was closed on Sunday.  David got a picture of the store and that was it.  In Padua while we were on our walking tour we walked past a hat store.  After the tour we had a coffee and then headed to the hat store.  When we got there the shutters were pulled down and the door was locked.  The owner was still in the store.  He came to the door and told us he would open again at 3.  David told him our bus was leaving before then and that he really wanted to buy a Borsalino.  The owner let us in and helped David pick the right hat.  The owner handled the hat with love. He told David how to take care of it.  He was so nice.  So David walked out with the hat on his head.

I even got a picture of him with his Borsalino and his short green shorts.

 

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Concert at Chiesa di Ognissanti

The Anchorage Concert Chorus had a concert in the church of Chiesa di Ognissanti.  Another beautiful church.  It would have been nice if they had more people there but the ones that were totally enjoyed their concert.  It sounded wonderful.

 

Florence

Florence is one of my favorite places in Italy.  It is really beautiful.  We left our hotel in Montecatini and after about 40 minutes we arrived.  We were given several hours on our own to find lunch a look around.  David and I stopped for lunch at an outdoor restaurant.  I sat down and was trying to take my camera off when I found that my hair was stuck on the button on the back of my shirt.  David started trying to get it out.  Next thing I know our waiter comes over and starts making the motion of scissors with his fingers.  I am going no, no! Then a waitress comes over and is trying to help David.  David finally gets it out and everyone cheers him. I did get my pizza in Florence.

After our free time we went on the walking tour with our local guide.  I do enjoy these because they tell you things that you don’t read in tour books.  It was very interesting to see the marks that were on the buildings to show the flood lines.  Some of them were 6 feet up in the main square.  This still happens in modern times. Also, on the first Sunday of every month is “Sunday at the Museum” and there are no entrance fees so the lines are long.

David is at the Accademia Museum but the lines were so long we did not go in.  The photo that I have included is a replica of David.  I have seen the real one before on one of my other trips over here.  Besides I have my own David.