Hotel Settentrionale Esplanade
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... the world was round! We then worked our way back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, a Tuscan Feast. On the way to dinner the tour bus stopped at the Piazzale Michelangelo. There we saw another beautiful bronze statue of Michelangelo. Plus this was located in a fabulous high vantage point to view Florence - wow! Then we went on to the Capuchin Monastery, where monks are still living, leading lives of service, and having taken vows ...
... love all the monuments and rich art history here in Florence, but I have never been a big city person and probably never will be... Florence is so busy and fast paced because of all the tourist traffic. Florence is loud and it is SMELLY. I never expected the gross smells I came across while walking down the little side streets. There is more graffiti, more trash, and more rude people here than in Massa.
... We all took shelter in Signoria Square where we were able to see the copy of David where the original once stood. We were given free time where we shopped for leather goods! The shop assistant was lovely and we managed to get a gift each for Annette and Ann with both engraved with their initials. Then it was time to continue on to the hotel in a little town called Montecatini which was located further along passed Florence inTuscany. ...
... couple with their daughter sitting with us. Mark, who loves to talk to anyone, struck up a conversation with the guy, whilst Michelle and I were content to just look at him. He was gorgeous! Beautiful olive skin, bald head - see, I like bald guys - and with an accent to die for! And we helped them out with a map as well!
-and after the obligatory late lunch, we have had a quiet couple of hours doing not much at all.
off to venice tomorrow.
... city and the mountains surrounding it. We had a nice cocktail before dinner up there. And then a beautiful dinner at a local restaurant where we had a private table in their wine cellar. A wonderful day and evening! Off to the museums ...