Like on most people’s first day of ‘work’ I made sure I left plenty of time for my first day at Charles Cecil, marking what area and street I was going to. All going well, I got to ‘Borgo San Frediano’ – the street about 20 minutes early so grabbed a marmalade pastry (that deserves a blog post on its own) to kill some time. Then when i looked up to find the street number, I was confronted with not just one house number but two, a red and a black one. ummmm. I tried to find the red ’68’ number first, ending up at a huge iron gate 10 minutes walk away, not quite the ‘rustic, inconspicious’ door Lylie had described the studio to be. Thankfully I met other people who had also taken the red gamble and not the black so I wasn’t the only one to be 10 minutes late… Intrigued by this double standard of street numbering I did a wee bit of research. So traditionally, the black numbers were meant for residences, while red numbers marked commercial premises such as shops or other businesses. This style of numbering is only in Florence apparently.