Statue of David

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

The next morning on the 16th - these stupid indian guys woke me up at 7am carrying on like a bunch of turkey's. I have no idea why someone has to undo and redo the zip on their suitecase over 200 times within half an hour to get ready in the morning! - does anyone else come across these people while travelling? - feel free to post comments here discussing this! haha

Alright - there's my whinge for the day out of the way...Spoke to a few holland guys later in the morning that seemed pretty nice. Me and them went down to breaky and had our prison food... Bread and Water... YIPEE!!! (notice the sarcasm). Well i turned out i couldnt eat it anyhow as i was feeling so rotten. I met up with the others down in the corridor, and i went and woke Neil up from his tent. Glad to here he was feeling crap also :o) haha! Well, as i refuse to let any hangover from letting me experience things i forced myself to march off. We went straight off to this museum that had the real statue of David in it (as there's so many fakes around the city). The museum was pretty much built for this, and wasn't very big, so yeah kinda was the main attraction to see. We marched straight into this museum as carly had rang up and booked us entrance the night before - haha she's got all the tricks this girl. Well the statue of david is alot bigger than i imagined and in perfect condition. It was carved out of one huge solid block - absolutely amazing. It took a few years for this to be completed. The statue was representing his stance after he beheaded the giant 'Golaith'. David has an enlarged hand to represent power. I didnt know this till now. Michaelangelo is really amazing. There was quite a few others of his creations in the same museum, including some unfinished carvings. Well, unfortunatly while looking at the statue of david i had to make a quick dash for the toilet as i wasn't feeling the best from the hangover :o( haha - but soon did after i came out! haha! *sigh*... After exiting the museum we headed around the corner to a supermarket and pigged out on some chocolate. Well the day is young, alot more to do - so off to Uffuzi Museum. There it had that famous painting of a virgin coming out of a clam. Few other famous ones, but yet again 15 million paintings of Jesus and mary which all look exactly the same after you see so many of them. Well after this we found this shop for lunch that Rick Steve recommended and GOOD OL RICK!!! DIDNT LET US DOWN! Was very cheap but tastey! On our very full belly's all 4 of us walked to Michaelangelo's Park. From here there was a look out which overlooked all of Florence. We rested there for a while on the steps as we all were buggered from a few hundred metre's of steps we had to climb to get up here haha! The veiw was amazing and as the cool air for the day brushed passed my face i couldnt help but look out over the city in such amazement and feeling of excitement... Well... rest not! Us 4 warriors kicked on eventually to go see a bit more of the city and get lost for a while before heading back to the hostel that night.

Well - none of us were in a heaps pumped up mood for the night, so we did all our washing. For once i got to use a washing machine and didn't have to take it in the shower to wash with me. Dont care how dodgy the washing machine was - it worked! haha... After we all did this, i wasn't keen on staying around to see what prison food the hostel offered us for the night and it was our last night together as a group so we headed out for... wait for it.... MORE PIZZA!!! haha (hey! ...we're in italy!). Carly was starting to get sick, which is no good. Over tea Neil was telling us about his canyoning experience in Interlaken which sounds absolutely amazing. After a few hours of chatting and a Gelati each we got the last bus back to our area of Florence. Everyone retired to their bunkers, however i decided to stay up for a bit and chat to these holland guys again that were sitting outside. They were really nice guys and offered me a beer - but with the amount of energy i had that day - no thanks... Was off the next day to Venice and needed every ounce of energy i could get.

Next morning me, dan and carly went to the train station (i had already said goodbye to Neil the night before). calry was leaving the next day so she came to check times and say bye to us. When there i bought an aprin for dad (michaelangelos david on it). Dan and myself said farewell to carly, was sad to see her leave - she's a top girl. Then we got on the train and headed off to Venice.

Firenze (or Florence), was really cool! The citie is pretty big and has lots of interesting things to see and do. It has an old style with an awesome character about it and everywhere you go. Best of all Neil and Carly made the city so memorable with the times i had with them. Am glad to call them my mate's! Will make sure i dont loose contact with these two..

THANKS NEIL... THANKS CARLY!!! for making Florence for me! :o) - Hopefully we'll cross path's again one day if we travel into each others neighbourhood...

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