Four days of Easter holidays! Day one – Good Friday!

Since I moved to Europe way back in 1998, Easter holidays have always been special. Four days to travel anywhere I want and generally I wouldn’t waste it. I would be on a plane, train, bus, car… something, anything just to get a break and go somewhere and enjoy the moment. Last year it was Venice on Easter, that was the second time actually I was in Venice and this time I would have made it again if my friend hadn’t cancelled his plans to come over.

With friends coming over and us having to travel a lot in the next month and a half we decided not to travel anywhere out. But that won’t stop us from getting out of home and enjoying the day!

A little bit of research on the internet of things to do for Easter in and Firenze brought up Grassina. The event is the historical “Re-enactment of the passion of the Christ” on Good Friday. But the only hitch is that it is in the night at around 9:30. Too late for someone like me with kids going to bed early. But knowing us, we decided to visit Grassina anyway. Out of the four of us, only I have gone in that direction and that too only as far as Bagno a Ripoli. So a decision was made that like we always tend to do, take the bus to Grassina and explore the place.

Passion of the Christ

Passion of the Christ

I was working till late so I woke up late. Between me waking up late, Prakash working in the morning and everything else, we managed to get out only around 11:30 am after breakfast and packing up sandwiches for lunch.

The 23 took us to San Marco and from there we took the bus to Grassina. Just outside Florence, Grassina looked like a sleepy little town on a normal day. There were a few football pitches, a few streams/canals with just enough clean water to wet your feet and a few fishes, a church, the main street filled with shops, some opened some closed, and a few people walking around.

One of the canals

One of the canals

Church in Grassina

Church in Grassina

I was wondering if there was seriously some program that night the way things were. The kids did not know about the program and all they wanted to do was to find a quiet place to put the picnic blanket down and settled down with food and games. We got off at the last stop in Grassina, walked back to the church and walked around behind the church to find a quiet spot to sit, right by the football pitch.

After a bit of serious discussion on where the blanket should go, a flat ground with loads of sunshine was chosen.

Picnic blanket goes down

Picnic blanket goes down

It was way too hot, or at least I felt that way as probably I was wearing black! We walked around a bit, collected random flowers to make a bouquet!

Our bouquet

Our bouquet

The settled down on the blanket to eat the sandwiches! Even packing the sandwiches was fun! It is four of us in the house and there were at least four different types of sandwiches made! They were all packed separately and labeled to avoid confusion later. Anyways, the once the sandwiches were finished the other three started playing games and I went flat on the blanket, smelling fresh grass and enjoying the daisies…

Daisies

Daisies

It was such a nice feeling, just relaxing there, hearing the little birds chirping and watching them fly from one pine tree to another. The clear skies with minimum clouds floating around and the sun burning the skin. This is bliss. After playing a few games that they made up, they all started lying on top of me, using me as a pillow! The sun was only getting hotter and so after an hour and a half we decided to move. The kids wanted to walk into the pine trees, which they did while I went around photographing random flowers.

Walk into the pine woods

Walk into the pine woods

Random flowers

Random flowers

Then we started slowly walking back to the main square to get the bus back. By then things had changed. A lot of roadside candy shops had sprouted up. There were people selling balloons, candies, hotdogs and the grass and plants were getting trimmed around the square. All of a sudden this place had changed just in less than a couple of hours time!

A bus was waiting for us and we decided to take the bus home. We had seen a park while on our way to Grassina and it was somewhere in Europa, we decided to check it out. Any trip would not be complete without a visit to the park somewhere for the kids

Church in Europa

Church in Europa

Got of the park and while I decided to go for my walk, the kids enjoyed playing  a lifesize version of tic tac toe and sudoku and then on to swings and slides. We stayed there till they got tired and walked a bit to get 23 back home!

Life sized tic tac toe

Life-sized tic tac toe

By the time we were on the bus, all of us were tired and all we needed was some sleep. We reached home in time for the swimming class but decided to skip it anyway because all of us were tired!

The rest of the evening was spent in lazing around, playing lego, having dinner and going to bed!

Not a bad day after all even though we didn’t go anywhere far!

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