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Jun 21, 2013 - Art for art's sake, money for god's sake....

When all is said and done (and more is said than done), I am a simple Kalgoorlie (aka Kal) boy at heart. As such I have no pretension to art knowledge and less still in commenting on it. Then again, it is hard not to make some reference surrounded by the wonderful Da Vinci, Massacchio, Botticelli, Brancacchi, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Caravaggio, Michaelangelo and other Italian sounding blokes. This is particularly the case in beautiful Florence. Although everything seems to be labeled "masterpiece". Now, as I said, I'm no expert, but...

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Jun 14, 2013 - Florence, Italy

Friday....June 14th Today was our day to travel to Florence. We took a train right into the centre of the city. Our first stop was the Uffizi Gallery. Here we came face to face with painting from Da Vinci, Puchelli and Titan. How can you find words for this!! From there we went to the Academia museum where we stood so small in front of the statue of DAVID!! Michael Angelo was God's gift to the world. We watched a video on how they made statues in this time as well. We then went to the leather market to do some shopping for family and...

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Italy - 2013

Jun 13, 2013 - Welsh Hills and Tuscan Villas

Dear Friends and Families, Our last entry finished cycling through France, so skip a winter in snowy, cosy Canada and here we are again cycling in Wales. Laura is not that keen on being damp and cold so we really only wanted to cycle around Wales to visit our friends. However, as it turned out, we remained dry for 2 weeks and Wales put on a fine show of spring flowers, golden beaches and ancient mountain landscapes. At times the hills were outrageous, the northerly winds cold and the full English breakfasts overfilling but we did have a...

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Chirpy Ventures

Jun 4, 2013 - Florence

We drove up from Siena to do Florence as a day trip. in hindsight I would have liked more time. We started the day with the Uffizzi Gallery, which was wonderful, and ate lunch at a locally recommended spot. Afterwards, we took a self guided walking tour and enjoyed the shopping as well as the sights. We all came back with more than we arrived. Could have definitely spent more time in Florence.

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May 15, 2013 - Florence, Italy

Bryan and I departed Raleigh, NC on 5/14/2013 on Delta airlines. Our flight took us from Raleigh to Atlanta to Paris to Florence. I know, sounds like a lot but keep in mind these were FREE tickets so we were okay with an extra connection or two. Our seats were decent (exit row from ATL to CDG) with minimal layovers so all went well during the flights. Watching a few movies and getting a few hours of sleep (Jenny) helped pass the time. Our flight landed in Florence about Noon on Wednesday, May 15th. We grabbed our checked bag and made our...

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May 12, 2013 - Florence: so many naked men!!!

Today, we woke up and walked to the bus stop so we could go to the train station and visit Florence, for a day trip. When we arrived to the bus stop, we learned that everything is closed on Sundays, including, the shops that sell bus tickets. If you did not buy your bus tickets ahead of time, you essentially are, S.O.L.: another lesson learned. We called a taxi and arrived to the train station just in time to catch our train to Florence. Florence is known for its renaissance architecture (AMAZING) and for being the “trend setter” in the...

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May 4, 2013 - Saturday - Florence Markets

Boring for many, walking the markets of Florence can be exciting if you're a bargain hunter or you are looking for something uncommon or personal. The prices can be double at the Duamo end compared to the farthest end, closer to the train station. Goods can also be 'unfinished' at the remote end so 'buyer beware'. Managed to buy a couple of things but I was also conscious of my baggage being too heavy flying home so I kept purchases to a minimum this time round. Caught a few more sites / photo opportunities in my wanderings. Enjoyed...

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May 3, 2013 - San Gimignano

This is a trip I have been looking forward to...San Gimignano. It is a hilltop town dating back to the 14th century, built for fortification purposes. But so picturesque it is worth every upwards step you must take to get there. It still has 14 of the many towers that were built here and they dominate the skyline. They pictures speak for themselves on why we fell in love with this place...let alone the BEST Gelato in the world!! On the way back to Florence we make an unexpected stop at Piazza Michelangelo..what...

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May 2, 2013 - Florence

We are on the road again, southwest thru the Appenines to Florence, the Tuscan capital. This is one of the larger cities I had not visited when I was here 40+ years ago and of course is a "must see" city. Our first stop is Santa Croce Piazza with the Basilica and the many surrounding shops. We did see a gold and a leather demonstration but they were really sales pitches, so we quickly moved back outside to the Piazza. We ate lunch at Kevin's recommended Finisterre. It was quite good and located right on the square. Afterwards we...

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Jan 16, 2013 - Italy - Florence

HI, we spent yesterday travelling from Koper to Florence. Today we had a little walk around Florence. When we visited the Duomo we climbed the 463 steps (more than Notre Dame). I ran up the stairs while Mum,Dad and nick took their time. The pasta is getting better every day. The markets are the best in Florence. Everyone well from Ben. :)

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Awesome Holiday

Dec 11, 2012 - Another day in Florence

Well, another day in Florence. Temperature has dropped down to about 6 degrees. But the sun is shining, and the skies are blue, so an excellent day for exploring. What to see and do? Just walk around, explore, take it all in. Drink some fine coffee, maybe a glass of excellent Chianti, perhaps a bowl of glorious pasta. Enough said.

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Dec 10, 2012 - Florence

So, on to Florence. After our wonderful few days in Rome we are looking forward to spending some time in Florence. We got away from Termoli early as it was a 5 1/2 hour drive ahead of us. First glitch of the day (and the last we hope), we took a wrong turn onto the freeway. The GPS kept taking us around and around in circles. Eventually we gave up and headed back to where we started from to try again. Made the correct turn this time (stop rolling your eyes Julie, told you we'd eventually find the right way), and soon we were flying down the...

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