18.11.2014 - 18.11.2014
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From the Duomo, we walked to Piazza della Signoria via Piazza San Firenze. Here are some of the sights we passed.
A row of trattorias, all closed because it's not yet noon.
The first thing that caught our eye when we turned into the Piazza della Signoria was the Gucci Museo.
It is a cafe, museum, boutique and book shop, all in one!
The clear plastic carrier on the left bearing the Gucci emblem is an umbrella cover. These umbrella covers are placed at the door for wet umbrellas and they caught our eyes immediately. Of course, the first thought that came into our mind was 'free souvenirs!'. But we were hardly done helping ourselves to the covers when a spritely young lady came over and asked if we needed help. I was about to go with the typical lame 'just looking' but Ivy said we were looking for a book and made a show of stuffing her raincoat into her cover, so I did the same. Obviously it didn't fit too well since the covers aren't meant for raincoats, and the shop assistant appeared apologetic about it, but it doesn't matter, we get our free souvenir! Earlier on, I had been telling Ivy about this book called the House of Gucci which is about scandals that befell the Gucci family members. My boss recommended it but I hadn't actually gotten round to reading it. The idea of asking this was to appear knowledgeable and genuinely interested in the Gucci brand so we do not come across as umbrella cover stealing bumpkins lol. The lady apologised and said she wasn't the curator and actually didn't have much knowledge about these things. We assured her that we were fine with looking around by ourselves.
We went into the back of the bookstore where there was a small boutique and an enthusiastic retail assistant who tried to sell Ivy a Gucci Museo limited wallet with a bamboo clasp. He said many of the products sold in the Gucci Museo could not even be found in Gucci boutiques outside the Museo. He even attempted to speak some Chinese but it wasn't until he explained he was trying to say 'limited edition' did we realise what he was saying. Ivy very kindly told him that in Singapore, Chinese is not our first language, so our Chinese is not as good and therefore we were unable to understand his Chinese. I thought it was really nice of her to not discourage him and made up my mind to do the same should I have a similar encounter.
In the end we didn't buy anything but we went to the cafe to have dessert. I ordered mint tea and we shared a cheesecake. The waiter was nice and attentive. He gave his recommendation on our request, which turned out to be pretty good, and an extra set of cutlery without us having to request.
The cake was a lovely balance of creaminess and fruitiness. It was fortunate that we shared it, because we actually felt full after eating our half. Could have been attributed to the fact that we'd lost our appetities though.
I love how all the dishware and utensils are all custom-made to bear Gucci's beautiful logo. Even the napkins are imprinted with it! Needless to say, it ended up in our free souvenir stash. The sugar is shaped in a G and err, we nicked it too lol Sadly, despite lasting a fairly long time in my bag pocket, mine eventually did not survive the trip and split into half in Paris. Ivy's simply went missing.
Our meal came up to about 9 euros per person.
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