FLORENCE (FIRENZE) - THE RENAISSANCE CITY

Trip Start May 28, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

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FLORENCE (FIRENZE IN ITALIAN) - THE RENAISSANCE CITY
TUSCANY (TUSCANA) IS THE ITALIAN STATE THAT LEAD THE RENAISSANCE, AND FLORENCE IS THE LEADING CITY IN TUSCANY (TUSCANA) RE: THE RENAISSANCE.
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ALSO, TUSCANY IS THE MOST ITALIAN PROVINCE, AND FLORENCE IS THE MOST TUSCANIAN CITY IN TUSCANY.
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BIG NAMES THAT WERE FROM FLORENCE INCLUDE:
   MICHEALANGELO
   LEONARDO DE VINCI
   MACHIAVELLI
   MEDICI  -  A NUMBER OF MEDICI'S FROM THE MEDICI FAMILY BECAME POPES, BUT OF COURSE THEY CHANGED THEIR NAMES ON BECOMING POPES.
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THERE WAS POLITICAL STRIFE AND CIVIL WARS FOR 100'S OF YEARS IN TUSCANY AND FLORENCE BETWEEN TWO FRACTIONS  -  THOSE THAT SUPPORTED THE POPE AND THOSE THAT SUPPORTED THE EMPEROR OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, OF WHICH TUSCANY AND FLORENCE WERE A PART.
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VERY BIG STATUTE OF """DAVID"""", BY MICHEALANGELO IN FLORENCE



GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ON ITALY:

THERE IS MORE ITALIANS THAT SPEAK BETTER ENGLISH IN ITALY THEN  THERE IS MEXICANS THAT SPEAK ENGLISH IN MEXICO. THERE SEEMS TO BE MANY ITALIANS THAT SPEAK VERY GOOD ENGLISH. ENGLISH SEEMS TO BE THAT SECOND LANGUAGE IN ITALY  -  ie. THERE ARE MANY SIGNS IN ITALY THAT ARE IN ITALIAN AND ENGLISH.
THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF SMOKERS IN ITALY  -  AND THEY SEEM TO LIKE TO HOLD THEIR CIGARETTES IN A VERY DRAMATIC AND VISIBLE MANNER. - WHEN I SEE 5 OR 6 ITALIANS WALKING DOWN THE STREET, ALL WITH CIGARETTES HANGING OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS OR IN THEIR HANDS, IT SEEM ODD TO ME A CANADIAN IN THIS NEW ERA OF NONSMOKING IN CANADA.

SAW A NEAT SIGN ON A HOUSE IN CAPRI  -  IT WAS A PICTURE OF A BIG DOG AND SAID "BEWARE OF DOG" AND IT HAD A BIG PICTURE OF A GUN AND SAID "BEWARE OF THE OWNER".

THAT IS ALL FOR NOW
ITALIAN DAVE AND THE VERY LOVELY LISE
VIVA LA ITALY

AND REMEMBER TO BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

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