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Sep 7, 2006

How could Goliath be bigger than David

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, and all of the great artists studied in Florence. We were able to see the most famous sculpture today, Michelangelo’s David. It is about 20 feet tall, and when Nicolle first saw it she taken back at its size and grandeur. Since the museum did not allow photos to be taken of The David, and I am not as sneaky with my camera as my Uncle Wayne, there will be no photo’s attached of The David. This is OK; because from what I am learning on this trip, no photo does justice to most of the things we have seen. It really was amazing to see the detail in the sculpture.

In addition to the David, we went to the Duomo Cathedral. It was this massive church that boasts the first Renaissance Dome. This building must have been designed by a man because, when it was originally built, they did not know how they were going to build a dome. But that did not stop them; they built it anyway and waited for someone to figure out how to build a dome.

The rest of the day was set aside for shopping. Florence is known for markets that sell everything made in Italy. There were lots of leather jackets, scarf’s, and many many other great deals.

One side note, someone thing that I have noticed is how kind and accommodating the Italian people are. Whenever I try to speak their language, they always smile and then save me by speaking enough English that I can accomplish whatever task I am trying to perform. I think too often, American’s tend to think that communicating with in a foreign language means to speak slower and louder. The Italian’s don’t follow that practice, and I am grateful for it.

Anyways, it is dinner time, which means we will be eating Pizza, Pasta and/or Gelato. Have a great day and please add your comments. We love to read them, and if you have any thing you want to hear about just let us know.


Anonymous said...

It sounds like you guys are having tons of fun and seeing everything!! Eat some yummy food for me!! Hope all continues to go well. I love reading what you guys have been doing!

Love, Kari

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you guys are having tons of fun and seeing everything!! Eat some yummy food for me!! Hope all continues to go well. I love reading what you guys have been doing!

Love, Kari

Shelley said...

I am so jealous of all the fun you are having. Maybe it's not a good idea to read your blog while I'm sitting here trying to pretend I care about good ol' Robert Half, because it just depresses me more! =) Congrats Nicolle, you look totally pregnant! And you pull it off without hearing people say "Wow, you're huge" and "I think you're stomach has doubled in size since I last saw you", both of which I heard today! I can't wait to hear the fire hydrant worth of stories when you get back. PS - Since no one else will tell you this, I almost beat Andrea and the Bishop playing Trivial Pursuit. Ok, ok, no where near almost beat... I am as good at that game as I am at 25 words or less.

Anonymous said...

Again, I say I am so jealous it's not even funny!!! I am so happy for you guys!!! Keep the pictures and stories coming, I'm loving them! Nicolle, you look so cute in the outdoor market with your low-cut pants and orange shirt with your little baby-belly poking out!!

andrea said...

Is this trip helping fill your desire to live overseas or just fueling the fire? Thanks so much for all of the updates. I've loved following you guys around Europe. And Shelly was talking so much smack about how she'd beat you guys at Taboo--hope you're ready to bring it on when you get back. :)

Anonymous said...

Ahh yes, Italy...it doesn't get any better than Italy and eating Gelato for breakfast, lunch and dinner...have you found one of those smoothie shops where they make these amazing all fruit smoothies? And pizza al' forno where they make this great pizza in wood burning brick ovens? Well, keep eating! But stick to the bottled water...


Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying the comments, as I have been imaging myself there!! I was never really interested in Italy before, but you guys make it sound so fun and educational. I would really love to take my son, I think he would enjoy it...keep the comments coming:-)Nicole glad to here you are feeling better

Kris said...

Greg when do we hear about your bike tour of the alps?

Thanks for all the updates. It is fun to have adventerous relatives!

Keep making the great memories!