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Nov 22, 2014 - Florence

Greg and I are just awash in art work--in frames, on the walls, in the domes, free standing statuary--you name it we probably have seen it. It's getting really hard to remember if it was a Botticelli or Donatello or Michaelangelo. We toured the Palazzo Vecchio today. It as built around 1300 as the new Town Hall for Florence. This was when Florence was a republic and as a sign of its independent spirit, Michaelangelo's David graced the entrance into Town Hall. Those days ended, however, when Cosimo I came to power and turned the republic...

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Oct 16, 2014 - Florence - Day 3 - Bargello Museum

Construction of the Bargello was begun in 1255 to house the Captain of the Police Force, making it the oldest public building in Florence. By 1261 it housed the highest magistrate on the Florence City Council. In 1323 a third story was added. In 1574 the Medici dispensed with the Magistrate of City Council position so the Bargello went back to housing the Chief of Police. At this time it also became a prison and public executions took place in the courtyard until they were outlawed in 1786. The Bargello became a museum in 1865 and houses a...

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Oct 16, 2014 - Hotel in Florence plus Walk About

This has been the nicest hotel I have stayed at in Europe so I thought I'd post a couple of pictures of it. If you are passing through Florence you might want to consider it. It was very close to the train station and not more than half an hour's walk from anywhere you would want to see in Florence. It is the Hotel Belle Arti, Rio Terra Foscarini 912/A. It also has the Ristorante Benedicta which is the best dinner I had in Italy. You must try the ravioli - made like crepes. On the first day we walked though the Mercato Centrale not far...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Florence - Day 2 - Santa Croce and Dinner

We were given a ticket at the Uffizi Gallery at 11:00 and were on our own until 5:00 when we had to be back at the hotel for a lecture on Florence History. I spent until 2:30 at the Uffizi which included a quick lunch in the café there and then I walked across the Ponte Vecchio to window shop and have a gelato. I used the rest of my free time to walk to Santa Croce - a church with LOTS of art and famous people buried there and also THE area to buy leather goods. Santa Croce was the area of Florence in which Michelangelo was born and...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Florence - Day 2 - Uffizi Gallery

Note for #1 - this David is a copy. The original is in the Accademia. The Uffizi Gallery is next door to the Palazzo Vecchio which was built in the 13th century to house the government of Venice. The Uffizi was built in 1560 to house governmental administrative offices of the State of Tuscany. In 1581 it was converted to a museum, now, arguably the most important for Italian Renaissance art in Italy. It begins with art from around 1300 and continues through the 1600's. In addition to paintings and sculptures from all the major Italian...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Florence - Day 1 - Duomo, Accademia

I want to thank those of you who keep me up with the Browns. Keep sending me that good news! In case you didn't hear the Browns DOMINATED the Steelers on Sunday. GO BROWNS!! We got into Florence on Monday about 4:15 pm and were at the hotel by 4:30. A simple, easy walk. This is the nicest hotel I've stayed at in Europe but my standards aren't too high. When I'm alone I'm looking for cheap, safe and close to stations. This hotel is even better than typical Road Scholar choices except internet reception is spotty. I'll try to get hotel photos...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Florence - Day 1 - Dinner in a Renaissance Palace

On our first night in Florence we went to dinner at Palazzo Borghese. The food was fabulous, the entertainment was fun and everything was definitely in the spirit of the 1500's. Quite fun. We had what I believe was carpaccio with mixed greens and mozzeralla, cheese ravioli with pesto sauce and cheese ravioli with meat sauce, prime rib (I had the bad taste to ask for mine medium well - its not beef if it isn't mooing here) and roasted potatoes and for dessert, chocolate mousse over strawberry cake and vanilla mousse over strawberry cake...

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Oct 3, 2014 - We Did It!!

We did it!! We climbed the stairs to the top of Del Duomo!! I had to take several breaks and Lucas was so good, he stayed with me every time. I wanted to quit but he encouraged me telling me we were almost there. When we finally got to the top it was so amazing and worth every painstaking step!

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Oct 3, 2014 - Clean Underware and Luc's Breakfast

Yay!! Jason's luggage showed up this morning!!! He must have spent an hour unpacking and lingering over each item with loving care! So Lucas wakes up this morning and I told him he had about three minutes to go and get breakfast before they closed the breakfast area. He goes and comes back with a tray of drinks. He says he has been craving juice so he took some apple juice, pineapple juice, orange juice and some coffee. See attached picture. So he picks up the apple juice and takes a big gulp and then makes a face like he was going to throw...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Gelato on every corner

We have defiantly had our bumps in the road but at the end of the day we hugged it out. No luggage, little sleep, expectations not met, hurt feelings and you have a situation of frustrated family members. Ahhhh but there is gelato on every corner! We had an amazing dinner last night. We started with a cold cut and bruschetta plate. Lucas even tried the liver pate! Jason ordered the pork loin with pear and fig and it was the best choice, sooo good. I ordered the steak Tuscan style and it was huge! Lucas ordered the lasagna while was made...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Scenes from Florence

Well, I didn't like Florence when we first arrived, and I was happy to leave it, but we did see some pretty awesome sights. The hotel was an old palace and our room was large and comfortable. Florence has a lot of wonderful sites and sights. My favorite thing was getting to see David. I cannot begin to tell you how awesome, truly awesome, David is. He is 17 feet tall and has the most commanding presence. I did not want to leave the room - it is so detailed that I told Tim I thought I could see the hair on his legs. Truly a masterpiece.

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Sep 27, 2014 - Florence

We came from the Cinque Terra to Florence today. The Cinque Terra is unbelievably gorgeous. Tim and I explored all five towns yesterday ... Okay - we explored four and sat and had a spritz and relaxed at the last one! These are hilly fishing and farming communities and getting on and off the ferry was a process, let alone making it into the towns. All were unique but small ... quaint little places with rich histories. I am not liking Florence. I find it very noisy and dirty and chaotic. We will see how I feel tomorrow after we have visited...

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Down the Road

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