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Travel Blogs from Florence
Thursday, August 4th . . . We're off!
Many thanks to Paul for driving us to the airport . . it was a wonderful way to start our vacation!
Our flights were enjoyable and uneventful. We arrived into Florence at about 2:00pm and toured the city until our room was ready. After a nap and straightening …
... Santa Maria Novella train station to our hotel lasted for about 10 minutes. We experienced our first of many crazy Italian taxi drivers. Not crazy in the lunatic sense, it was more like crazy driving. When I asked our English-speaking driver whether it was going to rain later in the day, he picked up the newspaper from the passenger seat and proceeded to read ...
... to when he was adopted by the Medici family to begin his studies on being a sculpture. Two interesting facts about Michaelangelo: he was gay, and was known as a "pre Madonna". Who knew? Ya learn something new every day! Haha anyways, the day we were in St. Peter's church we actually saw his very first master piece. So after we got a background of his life we learned all about his 52 master pieces. The gallery we were in also held a few of his unfinished pieces as ...
... for three years and I think he has really settled in very well. He was a mine of information on the way of life in this part of Italy. Made it very interesting.
Anyway the farm visit was more about a bio gas electricity farm than anything else. Also happened to be a tobacco farm but that was almost secondary to the electricity generation. Interesting but not sure how practical it would be in our context. Then Joe ...
... for David - all around this piazza Piazza della Santissima Annnnunziata.
From here we walked toward the cathedral again along side streets chock full of shops. We ducked into a couple of housewares shops (still wanting to make real americano coffee in large quantites in the morning) but didn't buy anything. Stopped and looked in the many jewelry shops. Tried to find shops with old coins - David's favorite and his birthday is this Friday.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed