Utrecht for Bookworms

For the ones of you who have been following this blog, you already know that I’m a huge bookworm and that my favourite city in the Netherlands is Utrecht. What better way to combine the two of them, than by visiting the best local bookstore and the library? Both have just relocated to amazing venues, so when I visited the botanical gardens, of course I had to go into the city center as well, to check them out!

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Florence Guide for the Ordinary Traveler

Wanderlust Wonderland brings you: a travel guide for ordinary travelers, with must-sees, tips and tricks and the most delicious food, for ordinary travelers, like you and me.

I fell in love with Florence the first second I layed eyes on the city. There’s just something magical about it. The gorgeous architecture, the amazing food, the gardens and museums that you just don’t want to leave… Time for some recommendations of the city, time for a guide to Florence!

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The beauty of the Boboli Gardens

I am so happy we bought tickets to the Boboli gardens when we arrived at Pitti palace and discovered that our tickets didn’t cover the gardens. The Pitti Palace was a bit of a bummer, but the Boboli gardens were quite the opposite. Blooming flowers, gorgeous trees, statues and fountains. We found a quiet place in Florence that you’ll definitely want to visit!

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Pitti Palace or Pity Palace?

Our last day in Florence was a short one. We had to leave the city and take a train to Pisa, for our flight departed from there. But, as we hadn’t really done much on the day before and we wanted to visit at least one other museum, we decided to spend the morning in Florence before getting on a train.

There were two museums we wanted to visit. I really wanted to go to Galleria dell academia but boyfriend had read some things about Pitti Palace so instead, we decided to go there. Unfortunately, it was kind of a bummer.

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Save the Medici!

We didn’t have a lot of time to plan our trips, so we only wrote down a few things we wanted to do in each city. By our third day, we had already done all the things we wanted to in Florence: We had eaten gelato, pasta and pizza, we had marveled at the Duomo, visited the Uffizi gallery, petted Il Porcelino and seen the view from the Piazzale Michelangelo. For our remaining days, we just wanted to wing it, see what we encountered and decide on the spot what we wanted to do. We decided to save the medici family…

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Time for art: The Uffizi Gallery

We had started our second day in Florence with a sunny walk towards the Piazzale Michelangelo. It had been a lovely morning already and the day would even get better with our plans for the afternoon: a visit to the Galleria degli Uffizi!

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A Sunny walk towards Piazzale Michelangelo

Our first day in Florence had been lovely. We had seen the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and Il Porcelino. For our second day, we had bought afternoon tickets for the Uffizi, for it would be too hot in the city to be outside. For the morning, we decided to cross the Arno and walk towards Piazzale Michelangelo.

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More love for Florence: Duomo, Ponte Vecchio & Piazza Vecchio

In my last post I told you about our first meeting with Florence. How I already fell in love with the city, its architecture and its food. The thing is, I hadn’t even seen the best parts of the city yet, which I want to talk to you about today: The Duomo, Piazza Vecchio and our first David.

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Falling in Love with Florence

Florence hasn’t even been on my bucketlist for too long. The city came to me in a dream and somehow I felt I needed to go there as soon as I could. So when we planned a trip for the summer and decided we wanted to go to Rome, we obviously had to go to Florence as well.

And wow. The city is probably the prettiest I’ve ever been to. I dare say it’s prettier than Paris or Rome. Whereas Rome breathed ancient history, Florence felt young and vibrant with it’s colorful houses, lovely food, expensive stores and the most gorgeous architecture I have ever seen.