Day Two in Tuscany
Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
32Trip End May 24, 2012
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The Dunnam Chateau
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
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!