September 5, 2009
On the road to Florence! We keep having to make stops because of the truck and bus laws. We had a mid-morning break for 30 minutes and then a 60 minute lunch break. Hopefully, we will get to Florence soon!
We finally got to Florence around 1:30 and we met our local tour guide. He took us to the Academy, the home of Michelangleo's David. Florence is very small, lots of small streets and scooters (400,000 people to 200,000 scooters). Went into the Academy to see the big site, David. No cameras are allowed into the Academy so there are no pictures. Before we saw David, we saw many unfinished works of Michelangelo. Finally saw David and he was amazing! Andre, our tour guide, said that David's hands and feet were disproportioned to the rest of his body. Afterwards we had about 20 minutes to check out the museum on our own.
We went to a few other churches and then had some free time where I bought my new leather bag. I love it! We went to Basilica of Santa Croce where there were tombs of many famous people- Michelangelo, DiVinci, Machavelli, and Galileo- to name a few of the famous people that were buried there.
We went back to the hotel and had dinner at the hotel that was not all impressive. We decided to ask at the hotel bar if there were any places that we could get a drink. Franco was at the bar and he recommended Cafe Baraka and it was right down the street. We had some wine and beer. We were in bed by midnight!
Off to Venice tomorrow. I would have loved to have spent more time in Florence. Loved it here!