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Florence and The Perfect Man

November 20, 2008

My friends from home, Stacy and Jessica, came to visit for almost two weeks at the beginning of November. The day after they arrived in Zurich, we hopped on a 7 hour train to Florence. The Swiss part of this trip is so beautiful because you go through the Alps and by several lakes that have the mountains as the background. Jess and I enjoyed the views and Stacy slept through it.

We arrived in Florence around 2:30 and eventually found out hotel room and headed out to sight see. First stop was the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The architecture is amazing. Next to it are the Baptistry and Campanile (Bell Tower).

In the evening, we relaxed in the Piazza della Signoria and looked at the Palazzo Vecchio and interesting statues in the piazza.

We also went by the Ponte Vecchio and admired the bridge and Arno River.

At night:

The next afternoon:

The next day, we got an early start to beat the crowds at the Galleria dell’ Academia so we could see the “Perfect Man”, Michelangelo’s David.  I’ve seen so many pictures and replicas of this statue that I wasn’t that excited about it, but I was surprisingly awestruck. It is a very dominating and magnificent statue. You are not allowed to take pictures in the museum but Stacy doesn’t follow rules.

There were several other impressive statues but you couldn’t help but be mesmerized by David.

After the Academia, we hoofed it up the big hill to Piazzale Michelangelo for amazing views of the city. It was a workout but worth it even though there was some weird wedding celebration going on.

We had some gelato and strolled around the city in the evening. We came upon a street performer that was sort of a clown, I guess. I usually do not get interested in street performers, but this guy was hilarious. He would walk behind people and mock and imitate them. He was so good and it was so funny. We watched him for a while (yes, we gave him money) until we head to the train station to go to Rome!

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