Falterona Hotel Stia
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... slow, none the less we had a very enjoyable time.
After visiting the market we wandered around town for a while, had dinner, and gelato (finally!) and did a little shopping. Being Christmas eve everything closed down early so it will be a quite, relaxing evening, definitely will doing some readying.
Then... We looked outside and it was snowing! I kid you not. Lisa and I went outside immediately for a snow ball fight. Hmm... harvesting olives in the snow? No... It was clear today (Friday) so spent just an hour or so picking olives at the neighbor's. Probably won't get back to it until Sunday when the weather is forecasted to be clear.
All for now. I'll try to attach a picture of last night's snow.
... We are now back in Florence and resting up a bit before we head out for the evening. We went for a short walk..looking in the windows, checking out the fashions and enjoying the action at piazza repubblica. Supper was lots of leftover cheese, salamie, procuitto, olives and olive oil....oh and a very tasty fig! Last day tomorrow for Mark and Ann...going to try to fit lots of things into one ...
... is very good and as we have head sets, we can hear above the background clamour. While we don't see everything, we see the most important pieces and although it was nominally a 1 1/2 hr tour, we were there from 3.30 until it closed at 6.30 By he time we've had a cup of tea and recovered enough to want to go out again, we find all the GF restaurants are full and we have to take what we can get, which was excellent but expensive, which was probably why they could seat ...
... bronzed of John the Baptist by Ghiberti. I loved that! I also liked a painting by one of Leonardo Da Vinci's apprentices of "Leda and The Swan", which depicts a naked woman sitting or kind of lying back with her arm around a huge swan. To the left bottom, you see four naked babies. It is said that Zeus was in love with Leda, wife of King of Sparta (can't remember his name). In order to be with her, he came to her in the form of a swan and she had two eggs. In this painting she ...