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Oct 16, 2017 - Florence

Last day of trip today. Decided we would do the Renaissance walk as described in Rick Steve's book on Italy, Florence section. Started off by visiting the Duomo Museum. Incredible sculptures by Michaelangelo, Donatello and Bernini among others. Also quite a few paintings and artifacts from the Middle Ages. The two best were Michaelangelo's Pieta and Donatello's Mary Magdeline. The latter carved from white poplar and still in wonderful condition. After the museum we made our way to Palazza Vecchio to see the copy of Michaelangelo's David. I...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Florence

Up early to catch the 7:00 AM water shuttle from our hotel to the train station to catch our 9:00 AM train. Couldn't see a thing on the 20 minute ride due to very thick fog. Venetians say the fog is a sign that winter is coming. The train travelled at a pedestrian speed of 300 KMH and we arrived in Florence and our hotel around noon. We had an appointed time at 2:15 for admittance to the Accademia to view the statue of David. Lots of other sculptures and art here as well but obviously David was the draw. Being Oct 15 it was not busy and we...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Florence continued

Houses and history. The older part of Florence still looks quite affluent I made a list of the English writers poets and artists. Packed in my case! Elizabeth Browning was one. But from the cemetery and community of houses on the hillside, many more. ...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Back to Florence

Again there are things I would have liked to have done or seen. Queues for Michaelango and ??? were long. Around the corner of the block! Considered going to an opera in an English church, then realised my choice of two pants, chosen for comfort and quick drying, werent exactly opera standard of dress. Still even in overcast weather there is always the hop on hop off bus! And in this caevtwo routes. Lots of public art Florence is beautiful even on an overcast day that stopped the views. So i didnt climb up the famous hill...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Florence

An uneventful train trip, except i had a bit of a concern about accommodation. I had realised this morning that my careful booking had missed a day. Leave venice on 1st, booked into florence on 2nd and 3rd. Whoops! The hotel booked for the next 2 night had only a double room for tonight. Cost equal to the next two nights together. A helpful African Italian in the tourist bureau found me an alternative. A nearby 4 star hotel for less than half the price. It includes a proper breakfast. Helps the budget. Some fruit and one meal will do me...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Last day in Florence onto England

Up at 730 and ready for our next journey. Taxi to the airport and Then a good 2 hr wait only issue here is more people than chairs! Slept until we get to Rome. Walked miles until next flight. Very worried we would miss it as had a passport check. This was an unexpected delay. Plus the long distance to gate. Looks like a wonderful airport but no time when we touched down in England had to stand for 1.5 for another passport check and entry. Omg. Very hard to stand. Kids crying. Poorly done. Felt bad for all those moms. Now we have missed...

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KayJen Summer 2017

Aug 14, 2017 - Florence Saturday

This morning we had our breakfast on the terrace as another warm and sunny day. Kaylin fell back to sleep so will start later and end later. No problem as holidays are meant to be enjoyed and relaxing. If you race around you miss the excitement and important things around you Today we walked and walked. Saw many old building and found an old monk monetary converted into a museum. All in Italian but we figured the wall paintings were done by someone famous due to security. Dry neat to see how small and bare their rooms were Back walking as...

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KayJen Summer 2017

Jun 10, 2017 - Firenze, Italy

We arrived in Florence to a spacious apartment just a half a block from the Duomo. While a duomo is by name a cathedral, it takes on more significance in Florence as it is the center of the historic city. In addition to the cathedral engineered by Brunelleschi, there are the equally admirable Campanile (bell tower) and Baptistry. One could look at the doors of the Baptistry (referred to as the Gates of Paradise) for hours. But there is much more in Florence. There are several beautiful piazzas each typically having a riduculously beautiful...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Florence and Pisa

It's Friday it must be Pisa and Florence. Having a great time and enjoying everything here. The weather has been great so far, sunny and warm but not too hot. Yesterday we spent the day exploring Genoa, a really great looking city and worth another visit. Sorry, Internet so slow can't upload any photos.

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May 23, 2017 - Florence

A very big day spent looking around the city, standing in lines but so well worth it. I am in awe of the marvellous architecture and art work. It really is breathtaking. ..and talk about taking your breath away, we climbed Giotti's Bell tower by La Duomo..some 84.7 m high with 463 winding and narrow steps to the top. Another great workout for the day! David in La Accademia was also exquisite. How Michelangelo created tjus amazing statue is beyond belief. it can not have been easy as other unfinished works in the museum show. A spell binding...

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May 22, 2017 - FLORENCE

On arrival into Florence, we headed to the rental company to return Fifi. I'm happy to report that we returned her safe and sound. She was a great car with lots of room, just a terrible steering lock for trying to get out of tight spaces. We grabbed a taxi and headed to our central apartment room. We are pretty sure that he took us on the scenic route but we finally arrived. We are on the 4th floor of a building very close to all the main attractions. An old place which hasn't been renovated like many of our other places but a great...

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May 17, 2017 - Firenze (Florence )- Italy. My dream destination.

Didn't sleep as well as I would have thought, body clock still out of kilter. Woke up feeling ok though and as Toni had a little more work to finish off at home I decided to explore her neighborhood. Not far from her flat was a shopping centre so off I went. Plus Tonez had told me of a great coffee kiosk by the train station so I needed no more incentive than that! 2 hours later plus an excellent flat white inhaled and I was back repacking my gear into a smaller bag to geaf to Florence. Toni and booked us with carry on luggage so it meant...

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