Monthly Archives: May 2014

Why I will never find an apartment

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Good morning! Buongiorno!

Here is a half-serious list of reasons preventing me from finding the right apartment in this city. The only completely serious is money. Florence real estate market is in fact incredibly expensive, either because it is a city of art or because it has several historical buildings.

That being said, I thought it could be helpful for me to write why I will never find an apartment just to reflect.

Well, let’s see…I am searching for:

1) a top floor

Pro: After a whole life living in a flat I think it would be better not to have anybody living above. It is not so nice  being waken up on Sunday morning by the noise of someone dragging the chair across the floor.

Con: I do not like heights…

2) a habitable terrace space

Pro: I could organize amazing outdoor dinners with my friends. I could even put a porch swing!

Con: in this neighborhood there are neither terraces nor habitable balconies.

3) an apartment only in the quarter I currently live in

Pro: I have been living here for several  years and I know the pros and cons of this quarter.

Con: in this neighborhood there are mainly buildings with small balconies.

4) an elevator

Pro:  should I really explain why? Even if we have no skyscrapers in Florence, carring a stroller or supermarket bags up to the fourth or fifth floor can be quite daunting.

Con: buildings in this quarter were built in the 1920’s which means no elevators at all, except for some.

5) something easily resalable

Pro: the possibility to sell it quickly in case my husband get a wonderful job proposal and we have to move abroad.

Con: my husband is not even looking for a job abroad.

In conclusion, to find an apartment here is becoming an operation of titanic proportion. Maybe I’ll remain in this small apartment still for a while…

After all…am I lunatic or not? 😉

Summer Sandals Knitting Pattern

Red summer sandals


The hot season is finally in the air!
My summer sandals knitting pattern is now born. I was inspired by the memory of my first pair of shoes for the beach when I was just 1 year old.

Of course I can’t exactly remember those moments but I saw some pictures last day while tiding up my dining room. My shoes were red too and I liked to re-create them for little babies.

I hope you like them.

Kim Kardashian’s Wedding here in Florence




I have just learnt of the imminent wedding here in Florence (Firenze, in Italian) between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. They are going to get married on Saturday, May 24 at the Forte Belvedere.

In the past

This Fort has been built between 1590 – 1595 under Ferdinando I De’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. The main purposes of this building were to protect the city and to show the power of the De’ Medici dinasty.


Today it is possible to visit the Palazzina di Belvedere, inside the Fort, which is open for exhibitions or other particular events.

From the exterior walls it is possible to have a gorgeous view of the city.

Kim, listen, I am very sorry that I will not be able to attend your wedding ceremony but next time (and I am sure there will be a next time) please let me know in advance so that I will not take other committments.

Joking aside, this city is very loved among foreigners and there are many couples who choose it for their marriage or honeymoon or simply for a trip.

Have you ever been here?


Knit Strawberry Hat




I haven’t abandoned my blog, I’ve just been on holiday lately.

But here I am again and this is what I knitted with some of the spring yarn I bought recently: the strawberry hat. It looks juicy and fresh with the little holes decorating it. The green leaves on the top make this hat even cuter.

The pattern is availabe in three sizes: 0 – 6 months, 6 – 12 months, 12 – 24 months.

Let the summer begin!