Chilling (definitely not chilly) in Firenze
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
13Trip End Oct 01, 2012
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Again to address the first things first:
Don Bolen, thank you so much for letting me know you are safe and glad to hear you are on your way home. I am checking my email every day through the MyTelus website so please send me an email note when you get home so I know you made it home safely. I miss you soooo much!!!!!!!!!
Bill: Dianne gets your emails sent to Laurie's email. Glad you are having a wonderful time hiking. So glad the weather has turned nice for you. The hike's sound really nice. Love you!!
DonV: So good to hear from you
Stephanie: Those "blue buttons" are stickers identifying us as as part of a specific tour. It was good to hear your voice too. Don't worry we are attmepting to be safe at all times. In actuality we really do feel safe here. In preparation for convocation, don't forget to find a nice outfit. Dad will pay for it. Love you lots and lots.
Robin: So good to hear from you honey. PS, tell Jay Becky is getting impatient!!! XOXOXOXOXO
Sandy DeLuca: That Canolli Becky was eating was for you!!!
Mom: Yes, we are getting you something from Italy. Actually 2 things for you. Glad to hear you have returned to enjoying your activities. We heard about the penny auction, hope you didn't spend your money in all one place. Did you win anything? Don't forget to drink lots of fluids
It has been hotter than hades here (29 today, feels like 40). We returned from Venice and spent the next day or so regrouping, doing laundry, catching up on sleep, resting our feet, grocery shopping, and playing lots of cards (a Rummy card game called Phase 10). We sure got to call each other every name in the book, all in the name of fun :)
On Saturday we visited the Baptistry of the Duomo. It is from the middle of the 11th century. There are wonderful mosaics. The gold glitters in the sun. The mosaics on the ceiling reveal the Byzantine influence. After the Baptistry we headed to the Museo Nationale del Bargello. We wanted to see Donatello's David which looked like a miniature version of the 3 muskateers, totally unlike Michaelangelo's version. There was a wooden Corpus (crucifix of Jesus without the cross) by Michaelangelo. It was a huge museum, mostly sculptures. One of favorites was Winged Mercury by Giambologna which was really beautiful. We went to a little cafe and had lunch (costa lotta).
When we were rested, we went to see the Gucci museum. For a few minutes we could pretend we were wealthy. We were greeted at the door by men in expensive suits and given black and gold passports to enter the hallowed domain. Who knew that a busboy could arise to such levels (G.Gucci was that busboy). In the gift store there was an unfinished scarf for E350 which was originally designed for Princess Grace. We bought 4 - NOT!
We are resting up today for our 3 day trip to Luca (a small walled town) and Pisa so, we won't be in touch until Saturday (Sept, 22)
Dianne, Karen, Becky, Laurie (The Four Sorelle)