Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Leica store, Florence

I think I have found my shopping heaven; tucked away around the corner from the tourists and the Ponte Vecchio.


Leica store, Florence - as good as it gets?

Leica store, Florence – as good as it gets?


Subtle, discreet, tucked away and amazingly stylish, packed with amazing stuff but beautifully done in every way – very similar to a Leica M camera.

More later on this shop and its contents, after two visits I had to be led away like a small child on holiday, pestering the parents to buy something that was never going to figure in even the most lavish piggy-bank emptying holiday finance debacle.

We can still dream though, perhaps a second hand M9 and a 35mm Summicron 1.4 would be nice.

A great lunch in Fiesole, Tuscany

My thanks go out to Kevin Bell, a happy traveller and old mate who I bumped into at Gary’s 50th birthday party in Ilkley. It was Kev, who knowing a thing or two about Tuscany, pointed us in the direction of La Loggia Restaurant in Fiesole, a short bus ride out of Florence, up into the Tuscan hills in Italy.

The occasion – our 25th wedding anniversary, a spot of lunch with a tear in the eye, looking out over the scenery and reflecting on being the luckiest man alive  in Italy that day.

Mrs Broadbent

Mrs Broadbent

and Mr Broadbent

and Mr Broadbent








The food, the wine and the setting could not have been nicer, I would certainly urge anyone who is staying in Florence for a few days to take the bus into the hills and make the most of this lovely town, taking in a bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a filet steak as well if time permits!