by Melinda Gallo

Going to "I Gigli"

Well, our first trip to "I Gigli," the indoor mall in Sesto-Fiorentino (a suburb of Florence). We stood at Piazza Beccaria, waiting for Luigi, Yoshie, and Davide to pick us up. They arrived in their minivan and we jumped in.

When we arrived at 11:30AM, the parking lot was already full. We had a few things we wanted to buy, like more things for the house, wood to burn in our fireplace, and anything else that's heavy that we couldn't buy near our apartment.

We all walked around together and went to "Merlin," which is a French Home Depot. We found firewood there, so we got about 5 crates. After we finished shopping there, Dave and Luigi took everything to the car so we could continue. And continue we did.

Dave was in heaven at the small electronics store where he was looking at Plasma screen TVs and computer equipment. If we would've had more space in the car, I think one of those would've been coming back with us to Florence.

When we finally finished shopping, it was only about 3PM, but the big rush was going to be coming. Italians like to go to the mall (or just go shopping) after lunch as a way to digest and get some fresh air. As we drove away, lines of cars were coming in.

When we got home, we started a fire and sat in front of it. This is definitely a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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