Stone in the Flesh

Mornings at La Ménagère. This is our routine. We sit in the courtyard that overlooks Via de’ Ginori. I pour brown sugar crystals onto the pillowy dome of my cappuccino, watching them sink and bleed their sweetness into my breakfast. Sometimes we share a croissant, but usually save our money and appetite for lunch when we will gorge on fresh pasta in poorly lit ancient spaces.

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La Ménagère is picturesque and perfectly situated, en route to the heart of the city, Piazza del Duomo, where we will start our expedition: looking up in awe at Brunelleschi and Verrochio, shadowboxing with gargantuan sculptures, eventually branching off the veins of the square to explore the nooks and crannies of age-stained corridors. It is magical here.

-AJS

Featured Image Credit: Ruth Orkin, Jinx, Loggia dei Lanzi, 1951

Body Image: Ruth Orkin, Jinx staring, Florence, 1951

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