Birthday Girl!

Today is my 49th birthday. My last birthday with a 4 in front of it. I awoke this morning at the Hotel Bernini in Florence. Last night, I had a four-course dinner at a wonderful restaurant, including too much wine. The meal was so fabulous, I’m not even going to try to top it. I’ve also grown a bit weary of getting lost. Florence is a maze! But since I was out the door at 7:30 this morning, I made it to the Uffizi and didn’t wait in line for long. The museum was spectacular. After I meandered amongst the statutes and busts and Botticelli paintings, including the Birth of Venus, I spent the next five hours wandering through the maze of streets that is Florence. I’ve finished being lost, and now I’m sitting in the hotel bar.  It’s lovely, decorated in traditional Tuscan furninishings of purple and gold.  I’m sipping on a delicious chianti and watching people. Not a bad way to spend a birthday.

Ive got lots of photographs left to post, including those from my favorite day of all:  Cinque Terre, the Italian Riveria. The coast was spectacular. As was our cliff-side lunch.

This has been such a fabulous trip. I’m not sure how I’m going to top it next year: 50.  Any recommendations?


About UB Ella

UB Ella (f/k/a Unconfirmed Bachelorette) is a 50-something recovered lawyer who left the practice of law to embrace a full-time writing life. Never-married, child-free Ella resides in Austin, Texas and Ontario, Canada with her four bad cats.
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9 Responses to Birthday Girl!

  1. ryeder says:

    Happy Birthday, young lady. I, myself just had a birthday. You did notice that is used “had” and not “celebrated”…lol..I just began my winter count using the the number 6…where does time go?????? Have a great day.


    • Thank you, young man. Every birthday I have, what qualifies as young increases. I have no idea where the years have gone. But time is finite and I shall do my best to no longer waste it. I’d say this past week I’ve done a pretty good job of making it count.

      Happy belated birthday to you, Ryeder!


  2. I just have to say the same: Happy birthday young lady, and I’m quite sure it is great!


  3. free penny press says:

    Happy, happy birthday.. Wonderful for you and from here on out it will be amazing. Can’t wait to see your pictures.. Hmm suggestions?
    Morocco or Spain!


  4. Phoenix says:

    A belated happy birthday! Lovely to hear you having such a good time 🙂


  5. Cheers and your birthday – OK a little late – but hey just pretend – and it makes the birthday last longer! Sounds like you had a great time.The Uffizi is supposed to be fabulous. YEA for you!
    (Someday I will make it to Florence)


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