Hustle and Bustle

Trip Start May 16, 2013
Trip End May 31, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today we made the train ride to Florence. The weather was good again today. We didn't get any rain. This was probably my second favorite city thus far. Dr. Paul showed us around the city and we made our way into the cathedrals and baptistries again. The markets had a lot to choose from. Leather purses, handbags, wallets, jewelry, ceramic etc. There were shops for you to purchase all kinds of gifts. I was able to scratch a lot of people off my list. Now I can focus on buying for me :-) Honestly, when you put a group of 5 women together and place them in the middle of a city known for its shopping, you know that there will be trouble. We definitely got a lot of good deals and in the process, one of us got lost in the crowd. lol Luckily, we found our way back to each other AND got more shopping done. I was able to grab an italian leather jacket for under 150 euros.  Out of all the markets we visited, this was the only vendor that had this particular jacket in the camel color. I think I scored big time. Really, Florence reminded me of the hustle and bustle atmosphere that we are used to in the states. The main difference though is the incredible architecture in Italy. The statues of naked men were a site to see. Where will you see that in the U.S.?? Overall, we had tons of funs today. We did not get a chance to see the statute of David but that is scheduled to happen on our second trip to Florence next week, which is definitely needed. The tour of the Uffizi was just amazing. Cameras and videos were strictly prohibited so I was unable to take pictures of the incredible art inside. Most of the paintings had a religious theme. I thought some of the pictures were interesting because baby Jesus always looked like a little man. His face was not baby like and he had very defined muscles. All the paintings in the Uffizi had very vibrant colors which was surprising because these paintings are centuries old. There was this one room that we walked into that was covered in Gold. I cant begin to describe how I felt walking into this room. The entire trip to Florence was incredible. Walking in the streets, I saw artist painting replica's of famous paintings on the sidewalk. This one artist was reproducing the Mona Lisa painting. Florence is the city that captures how important art is in the Italian culture. 
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