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Did I say slow down a bit? We went to the Uffizi Gallery when they opened this morning late due to the threat of a strike. We saw Venus there from a distance in one direction from a doorway. She is in a room with other statues but no one can enter the room. Lots of paintings and also a beautiful view of the famous bridge over the Arno river. The museums make you get reservation vouchers way in advance to ...
We did a Beat of Tuscany tour through Walkabout Florence (would highly recommend to anyone) on our first day was great met some Aussies nice day and lunch. We went to Siena, had a local guided walking tour through the medieval city made up of yellow-ochre buildings, terracotta rooftops and green shutters, Saw the world’s oldest bank, Piazza del Campo, the site of the 600 year old Palio horserace. Then we went for a Tuscan lunch at a Chianti vineyard on an organic family run ...
Our celebrity spotting over a Bellini (or two) at Hotel du Cap in Cannes was not to be. On the
morning we docked it was raining. I cried off, but Jill & Angelo, being made of stronger stuff, went ashore. I said I would follow if and when it stopped raining, but by the time it stopped I was too lethargic. Just as well really, the only celebrities seen by anyone on the ship were two pigs and we don’t even know which film they are starring ...
... followed by pasta, followed by pasta. We tasted two types of wines, but it became quite clear, that the purpose of this tour wasn’t really about wine tasting at all, but more the experience of cycling through the countryside. We had a quick tour of the winery itself and also the olive oil making machinery, before we sat our sore bums back on our bikes to take the journey home.
Cruising along the road taking in the scenery and enjoying myself, ...
Sept 25 --1+ pm
Those Medici had a finger in everything, not just politics!
Everything for a 1000 years (or so, ballpark 500 AD to the Renaissance) was dominated by the church -- they were the only ones with money to commission works. Then came along rich businessmen, who had read Greek and Roman literature and they wanted art for themselves, not that Madonna & Child stuff plastered in ...