As an update to my previous post about installing track lights in the kitchen, these are the subsequent events. If you recall I decided to run two separate track systems because the system that I brought with me from France was no longer available from the same chain, Leroy Merlin, in both countries. Not wanting to lose my investment in the unit I had, it seemed that just buying a second, similar system was the way to go. That is until I went to Leroy Merlin to get the additional parts for the second system, parts of which I had already purchased in the hope that it would be compatible with my existing system. Which it was not. Leroy Merlin does not sell all of the parts needed to install the second system. They just carry most of the parts but not the one part needed to interface with the homes electrical system. WTF. So now I have some useless parts at home which I need to return to LM. It is an hour round trip to this place and I’ve already made three trips.
There is another home center down the road called Brickoman. It is similar to LM but more like a real Home Depot. We went there and bought some tracks and lights that were on the same shelf. Brought those home and tried to install them. Thats when I found out that the lights don’t fit the tracks. Different brand. Why would they put the lights on the same shelf as the tracks? So, back in the car and with two bags worth of parts and I returned everything to both stores. Then I got on Amazon and bought the parts I needed to complete my original system. And people wonder why Amazon is taking over the world.
On a different note, the three of us went to Florence this morning to do shopping at the central market in the San Lorenzo district. A quick look on the internet showed that the market is open on Sundays. It’s not. The San Lorenzo market is a two story building that used to be full of vendors selling the most exquisite food items available in Italy. In the last few years the upstairs portion of the market has been taken over by Eataly, you know the chain formerly owned by Mario Batali, and is nothing more than little eating places. Well when the internet site says the market is open, its Eataly that is open and not the food market on the ground floor. That is closed on Sunday. So we walked around Florence instead. Except unpredicted thunderstorms and rain started falling on our heads. Now we own two more cheap umbrellas.
The church in the picture is the San Lorenzo Basilica. At one time it was the main church of Florence. It was partially designed by Brunelleschi and the inner and outer facades were designed by Michelangelo. The original church was consecrated in the 300’s and the replacement building was constructed in the 1400’s. You may be wondering about the quality of Michelangelo’s work concerning the outer facade. It was never completed. The inner was but they ran out of money before they could start on the outer. There are current plans to complete the church but they remain just plans.