I have been writing Part II of my “assimilation” series, but am still sorting out my thoughts. So…
Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for… Some information about and pictures of our new Italian home (and perhaps your guest bedroom/bath…?).
Okay, now remember I have already told you this place is a bit old-fashioned looking (and that “furnished” in Italy is an understatement). Just picture this with a few less of the owner’s chotchkies and with some of my photos and our art collected from our travels (and of course a well-placed Muppet or South Park figure for good measure).
Aside from the 4 flights of stairs (which we see as the replacement of our current gym memberships), it really is pretty sweet. It is very light and bright, and the funky layout makes it hip. The owner agreed to install some ac units (a rare commodity in Italy), so we got everything we were hoping for. You can’t tell from these few photos, but there is a weird office space with a loft – not quite sure what we’re going to do with it other than store the owner’s stuff, but if kids ever come to visit they will think it is THE coolest secret hide-out/”tree” house. The guest bedroom (also not pictured) is the top of the building (we have 2 stories – top floor and attic/roof), so it’s got a pitched ceiling with beams (picture every other old European place you’ve seen on “House Hunters International”). The window in that room looks out onto the bottom of the roof deck; the roof deck has 360 degree views – this is my Italian dream place for morning cappuccinos and evening glasses of wine. The big bathroom pictured is on the floor with the guest bedroom (lucky guests); the other is on the main floor.
You may notice that there is an entire wall of bookshelves – with books! I am guessing these will still be there when we arrive and am curious to see what our new library looks like – reminds me of the scene I love from Beauty and the Beast. Finally, the kitchen is nice and well-equipped – just waiting for my Italian culinary skills (or more likely, trying to simulate New Mexican and other hard-to-find cuisines).
For those of you familiar with Florence (or on mapquest), the apartment is in the Piazza Beccaria neighborhood – 2.5km’s from Steve’s school, and just a few blocks away from the most authentic food market in Florence – Sant’ Ambrogio (some info about it here: http://experience-tuscany.thriftytuscany.com/saint-ambrogio-market-in-florence/3346, see short clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbwS8EVN7xM)
If the photos don’t do it justice (and they don’t), you will just need to come see for yourself!