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... tea at the local village and also got changed.
It was about a 2 hour 30 drive from Pisa with a lot of it on slow windy roads.
Once changed we headed for the sanctuary which was about 4 km away and with the
car secure we walked up to the monastery to meet the family and have lunch.
Toni was in heals with Tony having a collared shirt with good dress shoes on –
a first for a long time. Meeting Chiara’s parents, three sisters and brother
who was ...
... sun set over the Church and the hills beyond, while people gathered below to enjoy the Piazza. On the walk back to the Hotel, Drew and Madalene convince Kim and Andrew to bring out the lighted parachuting rockets procured the night before and spend some more time outdoors in the Piazza on this lovely evening . Between the shooting of the rockets, the live music and some dancing a great time was had by all. Special memories were made for a lifetime!
... Jesus. He painted this for a friend, Angelo Doni for 70 ducats (the gold or silver coin – the currency of the day). He designed the frame, but didn’t carve it (Frank has a picture). When he delivered the painting, Doni, tried to negotiate him down to 40 ducats, but Michelangelo took the painting away and refused to give it until he negotiated with Doni to pay double the original price – 140 ...
... lunch at a restaurant called Marco Ottaviano. after lunch I went back to Florence on the train. when I got back I went to the Uffizi gallery but I had to wait in line for 5 hours and by the time I got in it was closed. I was disappointed but then I went to Mangena pizza Firenze for dinner and had pizza. it was getting late so then I went back to the hotel and went to ...
... Florentine steaks.
And it's fun to drink at the wine bars around every corner. Or should I say in the streets outside of the wine bars. It's a balmy 45-55 F. even in the night, so everyone is still out and about at night. That also means it's loud. Our B&B was really comfortable, but nothing is going to dull the street noise at night when the buildings are so close together, the streets are narrow, and the wine is ...