Tuesday, August 13, 2013

An Afternoon in Florence!

So we just left the Accademia and walked along until we reached the Duomo. Such a building! It’s big, it’s colorful, it’s bright!

But before going inside we took a lunch break. Christine left us for a bit and we split up. Keith and Alex went for pizza and my parents, Megan and I went to a little café. It was nothing special, but it was convenient, and air conditioned! Today was by far the hottest day so far of the trip.

After lunch we did go inside the Duomo. We didn’t climb it – we decided we didn’t really have time and no one really had the energy. But going inside was quite impressive

Then we took some time outside to admire the building, the tower and of course the Baptistery.

You just have to love this picture!

The baptistery doors

Then we walked through Florence. Christina pointed out some highlights. We eventually got to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Of course we took pictures.

We passed the Uffizi gallery. Had we had another day here, we’d go for sure. We stopped in the Piazza della Signoria and looked at all of the many, many statues, including the Fake David statue - in the place where the original David stood for many, many years!

We then made our way to the Santa Croce church. The area in front was set up for a huge soccer match. It made it difficult to take a picture. 

The group was pretty tired and no one wanted to go inside – well, except me and I was voted out. Bummer! It costs to go inside. There are many famous people buried here, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. By now it was about 4:00 and we decided to walk back to our hotel to rest up a bit. We had a big night planned! We were doing a pizza and gelato making class! We wanted to relax a bit before heading back out. On our way back to the hotel we did see a temperature reading – guess how hot it was, in the shade? 39 degrees Celsius!

That’s 102.2 Fahrenheit! At 4:00 pm!  It was definitely time to relax a bit before our evening!  

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