On the second day in Florence, 1st of October, we set off for breakfast. After coffee and delicious pastries we continued our on-foot exploration of the gorgeous city. Before stumbling onto the heavenly food, flower and antique markets I discovered Zest, a cute little craft store on Via della Mattonaia. At the entrance a notice board with their upcoming demonstrations. It read, Sabatto, 1 Ottobre. What luck, a quilling demonstration for 2 1/2 hours! After a wonderful morning at the markets and homemade lunch in ‘our’ apartment I returned to Zest for the demonstration while my ‘boys’ decided to feed the birds at the busy bustling people watching piazzas.
Lucky I have delved in quilling before, and my second language, Spanish helped somewhat but the entire demonstration was in Italian! Mario explained and demonstrated many techniques and showed lovely examples of his work. Lucky for me actions speak louder than words. What an awesome serendipitous afternoon! I also stumbled upon the best crepe paper [Cartotenica Rossi] in this store. Probably one the best souvenirs!