Thursday, July 2, 2009

Those annoying flower peddlers in Italy

There is nothing you can do to avoid them.  They'll hound you, they'll bother you, they won't leave you alone.  As you're taking a bite of Cacio Pepe, as you're sipping your red...all of a sudden you get a flower shoved in your face, or a stuffed animal dropped on your table.  

They are everywhere and will annoy you all night long.  The only city I haven't seen them in is Siena.  Rome and Milan they are the worst.  Florence does a good job of keeping them a bay, but they're here too.

Tips:  Don't buy anything, don't try to be funny and negotiate, don't take anything they hand you, don't make eye contact.  Say NO firmly!

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