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... notables, such as Lorenzo de'Medici, Leonardo da Vinci, and Galileo.
At the end of the Uffizi courtyard lies the river Arno, and the Ponte Vecchio, our final destination.
This famous bridge, which spans the narrowest part of the river, has existed since the days of ancient Rome. Today, as in the past, the bridge is lined with gold dealers and silversmiths, who tempt visitors (and suckers) into buying some shiny trinkets. There are nice views of the ...
... Since we couldn't really stay in the apartment, we decided to start our Florence sightseeing. First, we headed to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (aka. the Florence Duomo) by way of Santa Maria Novella square. Accidentally, we ended up at San Lorenzo church first, and thought about going in, but we found we needed a ticket so, we continued on to the Duomo.
Arriving at the Duomo was a bit of a shock to the ...
... in an old building in the heart of the city built in the 12th century. The hostess is really nice, though goes on just a little too long. I broke away from conversation to put my things away and grab my maps. Snuck out before she could talk my ear off and went to Accademia which is literally right down the street. Usually this line gets pretty long but I lucked out and waited about fifteen minutes. I chatted with the ladies behind me and told them how I regretted ...
... it. When we spend more time letting the world know who you are with rather than just simply being with them is really something that I truly want to change in my life.
I know I have room to grow when it comes to putting down my phone. I want to try harder to put down my phone and spend time with the people I am with. It’s about ignoring that incessant pull to check social media and send out a million text messages, or just to push random buttons ...
... be forgiven it lacked flavor with the omission of garlic and herbs. You see Giovanni told us of his visits to the US and how they can't cook Italian. How the Americans 'lather' everything in gravy and heavy sauce. That they add garlic to everything. This is not the Tuscan way and their is no such thing as Italian cuisine or fettuccine Alfredo. Nope, Giovanni said, all creations as part of the Americans complicating things. Garlic is just one flavor to ...
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