A pretty uneventful trip here yesterday. My strategy for getting through Naples traffic was to take a cab, hang on tight, and look at the upper architecture of buildings out the side window (and not look forward or directly to the side no matter what); that worked fine.
The Eurostar train was not a good bet for meals -- you could either go to the dining car (insanely expensive) or buy a soggy sandwich, or just eat chips from the station vending machine (which is what I opted for). I was so glad to get to Florence & go to the McDonalds at the train stn. I scoffed when I got to Europe & saw McD's, but no more -- it is just so much cheaper than any alternatives (I guess like in Canada) .. and sometimes a predictable meal experience is a good thing.
I'm really happy to be in Florence. It's a small, pedestrian-friendly city (friendly in the sense that I don't feel like I'm going to die, but also really easy to get turned around). I really like this convent. There's a grocery store nearby with yogurt & fresh fruit! And whole grain bread!!!!! I didn't think I could handle another 2 weeks of crusty white rolls. I took my whole grain bread AND jar of peanut butter to the breakfast room this morning. The proprietresses don't care, & hopefully the other guests weren't too jealous.
Most museums are closed Mondays so I spent the afternoon shopping. I looked at a ton of purses & bought a Fendi belt. Tomorrow I will be a proper tourist & go to a museum.