An excerpt from my travel journal: The summer of 2012 I backpacked across Southern Europe with my best friend. The city of Florence was our last stop and probably the perfect ending to our month long adventure. It's literally straight out of a fairytale - cobblestone streets, little old cobbler men on every street corner constructing authentic Italian leather shoes. We watched the sun set at the top of Piazzale Michelangelo every evening, the walk was easily worth it. Not surprisingly, Pinocchio is the biggest celebrity in town, and the only real villains are the restaurant waitstaff. Musicians serenade you with accordion tunes as you walk the river, and are quick to return smiles even if you don't have the euros to tip them. Life's a dream in Florence, I look forward to the day I find myself there again in the future.