Posts by Mark Anders

Vegan Florence

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Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free Are you a vegan? A vegetarian? Do you like healthy, organic food? Do you want to eat something other than Tuscan food? Florence has a healthy number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. One that opened a few monthes ago at the back of the Duomo of Florence is Panino Vegano, or vegan sandwitch. The choice of vegan hamburgers is between soy and chickpeas, accompanied by vegan mayonaise, gluten-free bread, ketchup, red beet mayo, and a variety of organic roasted vegetables. Sandwiches are tasty and sauces good. It is a good eating, a bit pricey at 5,50 Euros per sandwitch, but definitely a good and healthy choice. Organic Wholesome Drinks A great alternative to sodas are vegetable and fruit extracts. Ginger, carrot, apple. You can make...

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New Restaurants Opening in Florence

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There are new restaurants that opened up in Florence, and precisely in the old market standing right in front of the apartment. The second floor of the market has always been left empty, and during the past years it served as the open space for local artists and the likes. However, this huge and beautiful space sat pretty much unused for years. Until the municipality of Florence decided it was time to do something. The entire second floor is dedicated to four new restaurants, one of which just opened on the 23 of April. The inauguration ceremony included flag wavers and drew a lot of people, as you can see in the picture. As of yet, I have no clue what type of food the restaurant is cooking, but I bet it has to do with Italian food! There are three more...

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Remodeling the Apartment

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WOW! The process of remodeling the apartment is taking longer than expected. The hardest part is over, but there are still a lot of details to take into account to make it the perfect nest for two in Florence. August was the month of scraping and brushing. I scraped the entire apartment:I ate so much dust! I brought the walls back to their original whiteness, then I whitewashed the entire house twice. The ceiling killed me, but I guess it was fun in a way. To see the apartment become all nice and clean again made me proud and gave me strength to keep on! The best part was when I painted the second color on the lower part of the kitchen and the bedroom. I love the contrast between the sharp white and the warm earthly yellow ocher color. It is reminiscent of the...

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What to Buy at San Lorenzo Market

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Taking a look outside the windows of your apartment in Florence, you will immediately notice the lively market below your eyes: kiosk after kiosk with passersby and sellers calling them to sell their goods. In time the market has changed its appearance quite a bit. It used to be open just on weekends and each kiosk would sell its own artisan handicrafts, which would range from pottery to garments, to ceramics and so forth. Nowadays the market is open everyday, and the items sold are mostly leather goods, clothing and accessories. Since Florence has had a name for leather goods for many decades now, you should definitely see if you can find nice bags, purses, or book covers made of leather. Some like to buy sketch books with rough paper and a hard leather cover for...

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2013 UCI Road World Championship in Florence

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uring this week (from September 22 to 29) Florence and Tuscany hold the 2013 World Championship, a biking race that has drawn a lot of attention to the city. It is undoubtedly a great sports event, but if you are in Florence during this week y9ou can find it hard to get around as mass transportation lines and roads were altered and traffic redirected to accommodate the cycling track needs. The municipality of Florence has put together a neat tool to help you get around. Visit this page to get more information and use the tool. The interactive map does not get along too well with my iPad, hope it works better with yours. Visit this page for more info and to access the rout planning...

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