Thursday, July 1, 2010

Florence: Day 1

***I'm sorry if this blog post runs a little short, this is #3 for today, so I'm getting a little tired.

Florence seems to be pretty amazing as well, though I think it will have a hard time beating Rome. We started the day by going to the Duomo, which is beautiful. The outside of the building is so richly decorated, while the inside (except for the dome itself) is pretty plain comparatively.

We ended up climbing up to the top (400 something stairs), and got an incredible view of the city. We got there right around noon too, so we were able to listen to the bells of all the cathedrals around us.

(Pardon the furrowed brow, the sun was right in my eyes)

After the Duomo, we had lunch at another amazing Italian restaurant (more pizza and pasta) and then went to see the fake David at the Piazza della Signoria. Since Greg is leaving for Utah tomorrow (boo!) this is the only David he'll get a chance to see. 

We spent the rest of the evening at the Uffizi Gallery seeing a bunch of portraits we weren't allowed to take pictures of. One of the most famous there was the Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Greg tried to sneak a picture and got yelled at by the Japanese woman below (who didn't even work for the museum). When she started talking to him, he told her he didn't speak Japanese. Then she told him she wasn't speaking Japanese. (Greg says: "she was Japanese though!") Oops. Awkward.

So there you have it! The blog is once again up to date. As was aforementioned, Greg leaves tomorrow morning to go back to Utah to play at Stadium of Fire. That means I will be alone in Florence for about 2 days before my lovely friend Emily (who we met up with in Edinburgh) comes to stay with me for a bit. So, we'll see how brave I am here on my own. Stay tuned for more! 

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