La Sorgente di Francesca
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Our day started with a tour of Galleria dell'Accademia and I was really looking forward to it. Apparently so was everyone else in Florence because we had to wait for some of the people already inside to leave....and this was at 9am! We had a tour guide so had had to resist the urge to race straight to David. The tour guide was not so great so when I glimpsed David in the distance, I was off. The statue is so much larger than I expected. It has ...
... by Ghiberti but inside we found more mosaics! These are only about 10C but are still beautiful. There are also attractive frescoes in black and white designs, a style that reminds me of Arab buildings in Damascus. We went on to the Medici Chapel which has sculptures by Michaelangelo on the tombs of Medici dukes - he had to pay the bills somehow. We then abandoned culture ...
... this whole experience is. But I know that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that many people do not get to share, and I try to keep that in perspective and stay as humble as I can. I was having a cappuccino on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence with the other chaperone (who happens to be from Manistee, Michigan) and told her that inside I was totally ridiculously freaking out because the things that were right in front of me I had learned about ...
Upon arriving in Florence, we took a train to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We arrived at the Cathedral Square and to my surprise, I found the medieval Cathedral to be much more interesting than the leaning bell tower. This is where I learned that the reason the Baptistery is located directly in front of the Cathedral, is because one was not allowed to enter the Cathedral unless they were first baptized. It is said that people would enter the ...
... We entered the garden hoping to see
things in bloom... just the start of spring here, but there was just
enough to make you want to spend hours there. Blooming lemon and orange
trees... with ripe fruit! Blooming rosemary... and a few other flowers
that I'll have to look up later.
Headed down the hill towards town and onward to meet a few of Nancy's fun friendly friends for an ...