Feeling Bohemian and taking a leisurely walk along the river to the Ponte Vecchio. The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge"), is a Medieval stone, closed, segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. The bridge spans the Arno at its narrowest point. It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a money-changer could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares (the "banco") was physically broken ("rotto") by soldiers, and this practice was called "bancorotto" (broken table). Not having a table anymore, the merchant was not able to sell anything.
During World War II, the Ponte Vecchio was not destroyed by Germans during their retreat in 1944, unlike all other bridges in Florence. This was allegedly, because of an express order by Hitler.
Will need to do some shopping, as we are leaving Florence this afternoon for Rome.
Wearing a Cavalli skirt, Patrizia Pepe top, jewelry by Cavalli and Armani, and a Ferragamo bag.

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