Day Two in Tuscany

Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
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Trip End May 24, 2012


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

WOW!

Started the day by winding my way to the Gallaria Dell Accademia. This is the home do THE David. I did n't get a reservation so had to stand in a line. Time passed pretty quickly because I got to talking with the English couple who were just behind me . there early enough for it not to be too long. Through a security checkpoint and then one buys a ticket. I also paid for an audioguide, but Didn't use it much. First room was full of Renaissance paintings. Some were beautiful but I just wanted to get to The David. The hall leading to the prime exhibit had several partial
Statues by Michelangelo, I got one picture. I didn't see a sign telling me not to take pictures and lots of people had cameras. I was just concentrating on the art. But a little lady, in an official jacket came running over and told me "no picture"! So I put it away. Drat! Would have loved to take one of the other partials. And then there was the David. Magnificent! Amazing! Wonderful! Fantabulous! And any other word you can think to use. I thought about getting behind a pillar and taking a picture, but didn't want to get kicked out ..... Or worse! There is one shot of his head that I didn't find in any of the material for sale. I am going to try to see if I can find it in the copy. There are a few other rooms in this gallery - musical instruments, plaster cats used for teaching, and some amazing icons. I had to leave too soon, because we had a luncheon appointment. But ont he way back I stopped into book store with a ton of children's books. The one I wanted wasn't for sale, just for display. Passed through a gigantic street market. I've seen one each day, but this was the largest. It stretched down three streets and filled a piazza.

Now ... About this luncheon ... Guys, I went with Mark and Dottie to lunch at the American Consulate with the Consul General, Sarah Morrison. The Consul is guarded by Italian soldiers ( maybe Marines) . There was a security check and we had to turn in our passports. But a lovely lunch and Ms. Morrison is a delightful lady! The Consulate is in the Palazzo Canevaro. The American government bought it in 1947 and it has been the Consulate ever since.

After a brief rest M & D took me up to Piazzale Michelangelo. Superb views of the city and the surrounding area! then we headed out into the Tuscan countryside. Just magnificent!!! I got a couple of pictures but they just do not do it justice. Olive orchards, into the Chianti region with it's fantastic vineyards, rolling hills, quaint little towns. A marvelous ride with a superb dinner at the end at Osteria Alla Piazza. There just aren't enough adjectives to describe!

When we got home, after a brief planning session, I fell into bed and off to dream land!
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Sheryl on

Wow! Melanie, every time I read one of these entries I think it can't get any better and then it does. I can't wait until you get back and you can give us all the details. Your pictures are beautiful.

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