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... that didn't stop Mom, Dad, Tom and me from walking around the whole city while CJ worked on some schoolwork. We had a late start because we putzed around the apartment a bit and Mom and Dad found a cool market where they bought us some food for the next few days. When we ventured out, we walked out to Ponte Vecchio again (can't get enough of that bridge!) and over to the other side, where we had lunch, wine, and the first cannoli of the trip. We continued along the Arno River ...
... and a pre dinner drink.
We went into the local museum and saw Estrucan artifacts as the area had been settled by them pre Roman times, then to a local bar where we had shared a drink with a lovely English couple Rob and Kate who were also staying at the villa with us, then back for our last night in the villa.
It was been a lovely relaxing week apart from the drive in to Florence, yet we feel we have explored the local area and got a small feel for ...
... by the time we got to Florence all four of us looked as though we had been in a sauna – mmmm nice!!
As you would expect, the main train station in Florence was huge and chaotic but we eventually managed to find our way to an information kiosk – not the right one for tourist information, but at least she pointed us in the right direction. We decided, only having a single day in Florence, that it would be a good idea to book the open top tourist bus for the ...
... statue and now it was time to marvel upon its wonder. As I neared the statue, I was absolutely taken back by the amount of detail present in this tall man. His hand clearly had the hard knuckles of a strong man and were laced with thick veins which ran throughout the rest of his body. His muscles were immaculate and no detail was forgotten. Absolutely everything about him was stunning right down to each strand of hair on his head. If a man such ad David ever existed in real ...
Friday, October 15. Left Venice for Casole d'Elsa. Lots of traffic and got to our quaint little town around 3:00. After settling in we traveled to Volterra, known for its alabaster sculptures. Volterra is surrounded by fortress walls, like many other towns in the region. It is situated high on a hill top, where the view of the town was breathtaking. Our return to Casole d'Elsa was quite an event. The drive to and from Volterra consists of ...
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