Shopping & Uffizi

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Friday, September 7, 2012

Hi all,
To address people's questions:

John B: Becky can't get into GMail, has tried several times.  If you want to write her please forward to Laurie and Don's email account and she will get it as Laurie can get into her email no problem.  Same with you Bill as Dianne cannot get into her Sympatico account.

As far as a Ferrari souvenier Don B. will have a surprise.

The most favorite flavour of Gelato for Karen is definitely chocolate.  Becky and Laurie love the Blackberry.  Dianne has yet to truely imbibe but will let you know.

No the gold on the couch is not real Sue because if it were we would have chipped off a little to sell to you.

If anyone would like to forward the blog link to freinds that would be fine.

The phone numbers we have here:  366-951-4298 and  336-951-4159

And thank you so very much John and Don V. for visiting mother and keeping us abreast of her shennanigans.  Love that Mr. Big comment.  Laurie did actually buy her a Mr Big at one point.

Yesterday, we had a Leisurely shopping experience along the many small little streets in Florence.  We found out where the locals shop and got some great clothing bargains.  Dianne bought a blouse in the nearly new shop and Laurie got a leather purse there.  Karen and Becky both bought beautiful leather gloves. Several gifts (surprises) for people back home were purchased by all.  We made it to the Ponte Veccio where all of the jewelly is, and where both Karen and Becky bought beautiful rings.  Becky also bought many more pieces of jewellery for her Pandora Bracelet.

After pounding the pavement for 3 hours we stopped at a little cafe for a typicial Italian lunch.  We then visited the Uffizi Gallery.  There are over 2000 paintings at any one time in the gallery. We had a guided tour of the major paintings.  Our tour guide was informative and interesting. We viewed Giotto's Madonna - he was very daring because he painted Madonna's boobs.  We saw Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and "Allegory of the Spring".  They are absolutely huge paintings and are very beautiful.  We saw Leonardo De Vinci's "The Annunciation".  Our guide discussed the artistic points of the painting.  Finally we studied Michaelangelo's "The Holy Family".

After 2.5 solid hours standing on our already sore feet we were ready for a Chinese foot massage but, couldn't find one.  We trodded home to a delicious dinner prepared by Dianne - Melon and Tomato salad with Chicken Spinach Goat cheese pasta (absolutely delicious and Laurie is definitely getting the recipie).

As a side note Laurie got hit on by a Morrocan Gigilo. Don B you had better be jealous.

Early to bed

Today, Dianne and Laurie are just getting lost in the city and Karen and Becky are having a rest day, reading, journaling and doing our laundry (thank you dears).

Tomorrow we are off on a bus tour to Sienna all day so we will blog on Sunday some time.

Love to all,
Dianne, Karen, Becky and Laurie

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Bill on

Dianne: Go to Sympatico. Key in the e-mail address & password: Burl2012

Sue on

You guys are killing me with all the photo's of the Gelato and pastry shops. What fun travels and adventures you are having and the pictures are just breathtaking. Kevin is heading to London tonight (Friday) and I think he's staying over with Don. He'll visit mom when he arrives early evening tonight and then he'll go and see her again tomorrow as well. I think she has enough Mr. Big bars. Too bad about the couch. xoxo Sue

lynne tomlinson on

Great pictures! We have some of the same. Love getting your blogs. Nice that you can take a day off which is one perk of having your own place. Sheila and I did "To Hell With the Bell Lunch" minus you, Karen, and we knew you were in a better place to eat Italian food. Mike is about to choose the Western Golf Team today and I am just making chili sauce. Ho, Hum! So enjoy yourselves.

Sandra on

The photos are simply amazing! It looks like you're having gorgeous weather and trying to stay cool! Big xo to all of you!

Don V; on

Received this email, today..thought this was the best way to get it to you.
Dear Mrs Karen,
thanks for choosing our apartment!
I'm Serena and I'd like to give you some information on how to reach our meeting point in Venice.
Do you know at what time you will arrive? If you'll arrive by plain at Marco Polo airport, I'd suggest you to take a boat, Alilaguna boat, line orange and please get off at Rialto stop.
If you'll arrive by train, from railway station you could catch boat line number 2 and get off at Rialto stop. The boat station is just in front of railway station.
You can see the time table on:
We'll wait for you there.
My mobile:
+39 3939820284
Can I have also your mobile?
We look forward to welcoming you
Best regards
Serena Mitri

Norma on

Hi Karen,
Just talked to Don and he told me how to send a message. I have been trying to figure this out and finally asked for help.
I have been checking out your blog every day and enjoying it. Your pictures are wonderful. It is obvious you are all enjoying yourselves. You all seem to be doing a lot of shopping{surprise, surprise} I hope you willbe able to fit everything in your luggage. I look forward to following your continued adventures. Every thing looks great except for the birds.
Don said your MOm is doing much better. He and Bob are off to a Western football game this afternoon. Of course it is raining but hopefully it will clear by game time.

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