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... we had bi-directional traffic in a narrow passage) but after 463 steps we emerged into the open air and sunlight. The views are outstanding and the resulting photos are well worth the effort.
On returning to level ground, we had a brief panic where it looked like the photos we took at the top were lost. Mae Mae was particularly annoyed that we had lost the picture of us together which was taken by a friendly stranger, the only one of the trip so far. "I ...
... all going to leave him behind.
On the way back we passed the Florence Cathedral, and whilst it was tempting go in have a look the line was at least 100m long. So it was a passing outside view by the Baxter's.
Ended the day eating back in the restaurant down the road from us. They had some really nice food and a pleasant setting inside....It was pasta and pizza all round...and bowl of chips for Isla!!
... later on (& Wendy bought a couple of leather bags, for her and her Ash] We then proceeded on to visit the Basilica of Santa Croce to view the cathedral and wandered our way over to Palazzo Vecchio to see the statue of David by Michelangelo ( actually an exact replica as the original has been moved inside the museum at San Marco to preserve it) Along side the statue of David is also a statue of Hercules ( apparently very much disliked by the locals as it is ...
... all you need to know about art and sculpture. In the same gallery as this work were some unfinished sculptures of Michelangelo too, they were fascinating to see as they gave a sense of the figures he was sculpting stepping out from the marble and you could begin to appreciate the process involved in arriving at the finished work.
Another gem was the Ponte Vecchio Bridge which was ...
... us in our bag which we munched on throughout the day. However, the boys didn't bring any food so we stopped at a cute cafe for lunch. Damon and I ordered bottle water and drinks (wine for me and beer for him) and the boys ordered lunch. We were enjoying the first sips of our drinks when the owner/manager appeared and began taking our water glasses away and yelling at us that "she didn't know what we were drinking but we can't drink it here" and that "this is lunch you ...