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... the locals do, we shower and cross the road for a Caffe Macchiato (espresso with a stain of milk) and a sweet croissant. After breakfast the bus takes us to our tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We meet our guide Francesca, who brings everything to life. She is local and encourages us to use our imaginations to realise how it was back two thousand years ago. The Forum was the business centre of Rome and we ...
... It is not in the Ufizzi but there is a copy outside. The detail in these statues is like those in The Louvre and the Musee de Orsay. Michelangelo, for one, studied corpses to understand the underlying bones and muscles.
We saw a painting from Leonardo da Vinchi's early age and one much later in his career. There was a huge difference although some of the paintings were finished by his students so it is hard ...
... countryside was just beautiful. The countryside is carpeted with spring green, wild flower sprinkled long grass. Smothering some fields is a cerise flower we haven't seen before which is 30cm high and bushy. Added to that are wild pink and white single bloom roses, large prolific white wisteria, poplar and conifers, grapes, olive trees, streams, brick and tile villa and cottages, and watercolour hill ranges disappearing into the horizon.
... Nath's leatherman which wasn't ideal but we made do! I ended up cutting quite a lot off and he now looks so grown up! Nath cooked up some Persian chicken for dinner while I took Eli to see the geese and pigs and we fed them our scraps. E loves all the animals here and is fascinated by all the different noises they make! We then wandered down to the pool to watch the sunset over the hills before heading back to the apartment for ...
... the artistic points of the painting. Finally we studied Michaelangelo's "The Holy Family".
After 2.5 solid hours standing on our already sore feet we were ready for a Chinese foot massage but, couldn't find one. We trodded home to a delicious dinner prepared by Dianne - Melon and Tomato salad with Chicken Spinach Goat cheese pasta (absolutely delicious and Laurie is definitely getting the recipie).
As a ...