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Sep 9, 2006

Florence, a day a culture

On the morning of our last day in Florence, we took a bus to a spot that you could look over all of Florence. It was a very popular spot and many tour groups were there. We positioned ourselves to listen to the tour guides and we were able to hear many interesting things about the city.

After viewing the city we traveled by Bus, Foot, and Taxi (and proved to ourselves that we should never be on “The Amazing Race”) to the Ponte Vecchio. Ponte Vecchio is only one of two major bridges in the entire country that made it through WWII without being blow up by either German or Allied troops (Yes, we did get that information from one of the tour guides we listened to). The bridge is now lined with gold and silver jewelry shops.

We also went to the Uffizi Art Gallery which featured works by Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and a couple of the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The most famous work there is “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. There were quiet a few brilliant pieces of art, but the one that we enjoyed the most was a painting showing Mary playing with the baby Jesus.

Greg’s sister, who lived in Italy for a year and a half, recommended that we go into someone’s house who had just cooked Lasagna and eat it. Since we are not familiar with the unlawful entry laws of Italy we chose to get one at a restaurant, instead. (Kindy, you were right… the lasagna was delicious!)
Tonight, we went to the Duomo (The church where the guys didn’t know how to finish the Dome) and attended a Baroque Performance of an oratorio about San Giovanni Baptista or Saint John the Baptist. It was great to hear the performance, and as a side bonus, if we got bored at all, we could look up and see the inside of the Dome (see yesterdays photo).


Scott in Arizona said...

Thanks for sharing your photos and your experiences. Your commentaries are hilarious! And keeping a record of your experiences while you're experiencing them will save you from having to re-create them once you're back home and busily involved in "real life" again.

Trinity Martin said...

Nicolle, I was just scrolling down and looking at all of the pictures so far, and you are showing so much. I think you are probably going to have to get a whole new wardrode while you're in Europe. I know that that really stinks, but sometimes you just have to shop!!! Gosh, the sacrifices you have to make when you are pregnant!

Koni said...

We love reading your blogs, Greg! Are you getting traveled out? Sounds like you guys are having a great time!

andrea said...

I bet Nicolle was in heaven listening to an oratorio (whatever that is) IN Italy. How cool is that?? I thought about you guys a lot this weekend while we were playing in the beach and staying at the same place we stayed last time--Atlantic Towers. Next time we go, we've got to get a two bedroom place. Nicolle, you would've loved the water--it was SOOOO warm. And, Greg, the waves were awesome this weekend. We had some great boogie boarding and there were lots of surfers, too. I had a couple of pretty hard wrecks. You guys would've laughed. :) Oh, and we felt SO popular when we came home and had messages on our machine from YOU!