Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wet weather wreaks havoc with men's cycle race
The race moved closer and so did the rain. It started bucketing down. As the race passed the Duomo, we could see the helicopters overhead, one very low. Then the fleets of police on motorcycles raced by, several official cars and then we spotted the first few riders going at speed. Next came the peleton led by a very wet, stoic looking Mark Cavendish leading the rest of the GB team. We even had long enough to identify these riders and some others before they rode out of sight.
We braved the elements at lunchtime and found a very funky restaurant further up the Arno, where we had a lovely soup made of zofolito beans and rosemary. It was a perfect soup day. A bowl of soup, some bread and some wine. Perfect.
Back in the hotel, we watched the end of the race. There were only 68 of 208 riders remaining at the end of the race. Several crashes and the horrible weather made many disband. The race was exciting right to the end where Rui Costa of Portugal just pipped Rodriguez of Spain at the post.
We spent our last night walking past the lovely shops. One window had a beautiful hot pink purse standing all alone. Beautiful. It was a mere €850, definitely out of my league. We ended in the square, with our last admiring glances at David and Neptune. We wandered in the Palazzo Vecchio with it's many stunning frescoes glorifying Cosimo and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. It was a lovely way to end our visit to Florence.