First, a little language school update. After three days focused on masculine/feminine and plural/singular nouns and adjectives I can confidently say I am just as lost as ever! It helps to see the words and get a lot of repetition but I definitely have a long way to go. We started a bit of verb conjugation today, which I know will be beneficial when we pursue Spanish back in the states. Until then, I will continue to spend two hours of my day being utterly confused.
Today the sun came out and we had a beautiful day. We have been waiting to visit Boboli Gardens until we had a bit more sunshine and warm temperatures, so today was perfect for an afternoon outing. Boboli Gardens sits south of the Arno River attached to the Pitti Palace complex. It is an easy walk across Ponte Vecchio to reach the palace. At the palace you have a couple ticket options. The first includes the palace and the second doesn't, but includes the gardens. We really just wanted a chance to walk through the expansive gardens, so we went with option number two. In the middle of Florence, a city covered in stone with not a tree in sight unless you are along the river or in one of the small, bur rare, neighborhood parks, walking through this giant green space was pretty incredible. It is a matrix of vine covered paths, trees, bushes, statues, and more. We spent 2.5 hours in the garden and a couple small museums (costume and treasures) and feel like we missed the bulk of it all. The history nerd in me was constantly imagining the Medici family going out for a stroll in their "garden" and getting lost for hours! Despite the warm weather, it was quiet in the gardens and we enjoyed a mini escape from the constant street noise and people in Florence. I really felt like we got a small glimpse into the life of a New Yorker and the need to "get away" to Central Park. Glad to know if we need a little green space we can head back to Boboli Gardens (or out on a run along the Arno River).