The evening of our last day in Florence, Lilly and I took the (painfully slow) bus up to Piazza Michelangelo, barely in time to catch the sunset. There we sat on the steps with friends we had met the previous evening, sharing chips and montepulciano, and took it all in.

Left to right: Anke, Adriana, and Maxine. Anke & Adriana, best friends from Kiel, Germany. Maxine is from Melbourne & Hong Kong.Pictured here is a second version (changes made in studio) of an earlier painting started in the Piazza which overlooks Florence.

We stayed and visited for another hour, and then all walked to the Piazza Repubblica. There, located in the 11th century Mercato Nuovo, stands Il Porcellino (pictured here with Lilly & me), a bronze boar designed by Pietro Tacca in 1612. Legend has it that if you rub Il Porcellino’s nose, you will return to Florence. Sweet!

Lilly, Il Porcellino, Me

The re-entry into the familiar world of Twins and lutefisk has been fairly painless. Maybe that’s because Il Porcellino & I both know that I will be back.

(To be continued . . . .)

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