Tourist House Battistero
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... delicious. After really waking up, we went to a nearby cafe to get bagels (I know, not Italian food). The man working there heard us speak, and automatically asked if we were from Nee Jersey. We told him we were from New York and he said that he had noticed if you are from NYC, you like a little butter or creme cheese on your bagel, but as you go out away from the city, people like a block of it. I thought it was pretty funny that he picked up on that.
Afterwards I was still dreaming ...
... snacks and a bottle of wine to take with us - but the only wine shop we found seemed to have bottles which started at E40! Not what we had in mind. Luckily there was a supermarket next to the McD's by the station so we shopped in there for crisps, chocolate and ...
This was also where we had our lunch stop and boy did lunch turn out to be controversial. I’m not sure whether the waiter was just a nasty person or whether he was having a bad day. It all started when we asked if we could either move to a table in the shade or get the umbrellas put up (half the group were sitting in the midday sun). Begrudgingly they put the umbrellas up. Then there was the 'oil and vinegar’ incident. Normally when ...
... br> We spent another good hour covering the rest of the Academia - pre Renaissance and Renaissance religious paintings and sculptures and a fantastic intricate Florentine tapestry. There was a room which explained how marble sculptures were made which was interesting - they first made a clay model (might be small-scale) and from that a plaster 'negative' and then used this to mould a plaster model with lots of markers on it (ie reference points). They then used measuring instruments ...
... euro, they're worth every penny
36) Don't be afraid to bargain at the markets - Just smile and bash your eyelashes
37) No Starbucks - Every street has multiple coffee shops - Stop in for your daily espresso
38) For your AMERICAN craving, YES there is a McDonalds, BurgerKing, Subway, and a delicious Mexican Restaurant (Tijuana)
39) Mosquitos will ATTACK you in your sleep - Invest in the 12 euro repellent!
40) A/C does NOT exist, and if you find it I ...