Statue of David

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 11, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Friday, May 7, 2010

After our week of ministry in Naples, our trip to Florence began our time to tour two of Italy's great cities.  The most amazing part of the time there was when we saw Michaelangelo's David statue in Accademia Museum.  When we came around the corner where the statue was housed, it took our breath away.  It truly is one of those statues that you spend time admiring the artist's work.  We even came by for a second look.  We loved seeing the Veiled Christ piece in Naples (considered one of the top 5 works) but this one was even better.  Including the platform, it stands close to 25 feet tall.  David's right hand is a little bit oversized to remind the viewers that he possessed the power of God as he struck and killed Goliath.  There is a de-emphasis on the sling and stones which - to me - points to how God gave the victory.

The piazzas were a big hit.  They were spectacular in the way they were structured and in the way they invited the people to stay and play and eat gelato and drink cappucinos and enjoy street performers...  There was a bridge there that also was a major site in the city and it was known for its shops that lined each side of the bridge.  These shops had the best in gold and silver and they were a tad out of our price range!

Our hotel had a contemporary feel to the rooms and was a fun place to stay and talk and have our daily devotional.  To get from the hotel to the sites required a lot of walking and eventually we gave up and discovered the joy of taking a cab when the distance was more than our weary legs could take.  If you notice us enjoying lounging around on a couch when we get home, you'll know why.  All we've done is walk and walk some more. 

Florence was fun but we decided we enjoyed Naples more because of how we fell in love with the place and the people.  When you invest in people's live - especially when it's Kingdom work - it makes all the difference in the world.  We kind of wished we were still in Naples doing ministry.

On to Rome!

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