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As I am not doing anything this weekend, I thought I would write a little bit about some of the art around the city.
The first picture you see is a sculpture called The Rape of Polyxena. The word 'rape' in Renaissance times was used more along the lines of a kidnapping or abduction instead of the sexual annotation it has today. Anyway, the warrior in this sculpture is the son of Achilles. The girl that he is kidnapping ...
... ocean. It was a fantastic experience. I think the kids might even know a bit about it now.
Montalcino itself is spectacularly placed on top of a hill, castle at the top which of course we explored and photographed to death. All the while being fed pieces of history and other tidbits from Andrea (who in the off season works as a consultant advising local authorities on some of their capital solutions (yes, very much like Everything Infrastructure Andrew Milne). We ...
... rough statues were not popular with critic of the time. At the end of the hall, we saw one that was. His statue of David towered over visitors at they marveled at how well it had been carved. For such an immense creation, it seemed perfect! Of course many of these works are copied and the original is kept in secret storage. We aren't sure which masterpieces we saw are actually originals, but for an untrained eye they are spectacular ...
... s fabulous dome; the Campanile (Giotto's Bell Tower); and the Baptistery, with its bronze doors by Ghiberti, are within close proximity to each other.
After some gawking at the sights rising before our eyes, we made a brief visit inside the Duomo, which is a cavernous structure supported by massive pillars. Of course, the highlight of the interior is the beautifully decorated cupola of Brunelleschi's ...
Still at Dubai airport but Jill, Denise, jan and carol have been upgraded to business class yahoo. We finally arrived in Florence exhausted from too many planes, trains and automobiles at 7pm The guesthouse is simply gorgeous and as tired as we all were the ladies nearly fell out of the van when they spotted a beautiful shoe shop nearby. Our adventure starts tomorrow we are going to view David, no not Lyndals David but a tour around main sites of Florence with an Italian ...