friday five

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yesterday we had our first day of sun!

it didn't last long, but it was refreshing to see blue skies.

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the city lights haven't gone away yet! although they'll probably go down this weekend... but they're still so pretty to see. i was thinking of starting a petition asking the city government to keep the lights up year-round? well, not seriously.. but they are so gorgeous. i can't get enough.

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last night we had a little field trip to galileo's house. it was very.. empty. and the tour was in italian so i didn't understand much, but i will say that it was very cool to be there and to know that's where he stayed (even if it was by force under house arrest).

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bottled water- sparkling and flat

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prosciutto

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penne with bolognese & ricotta ravioli

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roasted chicken & bistecca florentina

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some delicious chocolate and custard creation

after the house tour, we had a scrumptious dinner sponsored by donors of stanford's study abroad program. it was wonderful- and 4 courses. the italians really know how to eat!

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wednesday was a holiday -

la epifania

- so i had the day to myself to explore. during my trek around the town center, i kept running into couples holding hands. i guess its super creepy of me to have this picture, but i absolutely love seeing older couples. they warm my heart.