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... whole four of us were literally stopped in our tracks by the Santa Maria Del Fiore. There's the contrast - white with green and pink marble rising up into the night sky out of the surrounding streetscape. There's the size - humungous. And its kind of hidden away, we first glimpsed the bell tower and as we walked around the corner it just got larger and larger..
But inside a couple of square km, there are more churches, bridges, statues and fountains than you can point a stick ...
... a few hours before we had to be at the Academia for our entrance time. We found this little market and spent some time looking around at the items. We then saw a church in the distance that looked interesting and decided to check it out before heading back to the Academia to see David.
After leaving the Academia, we bumped into some LBS friends who were in Florence as well. We decided to meet them for a Florentine Stake dinner ...
... Maria Novella station to our apartment was a breeze and our lovely host, Jeanne, was home to let us in. We have a small comfy room although with no fan and no a/c we've got to stay at least mentally cool. We took a short walk around the neighborhood, determined to stay up until bedtime. We were so tired it was a challenge, but we both managed. We fell into our beds after a quick pizza meal at one of the restaurants at Piazza della Republica,which was the old Roman center of ...
... a scene. The girls enjoyed being creative.
Dinner was a lovely buffet and afterwards we had a free evening. Tina, Morgan, Natalie and Becky went back to the hotel to relax. Devon, Lauren and Michal walked around the streets of Florence and had a lovely evening. There were street performers, we met an interesting artist, did a little shopping and had a great time.
Tomorrow, we are off to Rome and the Vatican.
... and ocean. It was owned by Christina, a typical loud, kind, and funny Greek person! Even though I was only in Mykonos for a few days, I would definetly go back, and visit Santorini, because unfortunately, we'd didn't have time.
I have only been in Italy for less than a week, but it love it! The food, of course, is amazing! The people are fast and ...