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San Lorenzo District

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  • Day12

    Constabulary liquidity

    November 8, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Nowadays we would expect robots to be powered by electricity. When Leonardo invented robot police, he only had hydraulics as a power source. They survived to this day because the were singularly good at reacting fluidly to changing situations, and generally going with the flow of evolving events. Mind you, they had their limitations, especially during winter and apparently quite a few evaporated when they felt the heat.
    Still, you can see what the city fathers mean by maintains a reservoir of police.
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  • Day13

    Bull.

    November 9, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Once upon a time, a stonemason decorating the Duomo had an affaire with the local butcher's wife. The cuckolded husband complained to the authorities about the man's conduct. In retaliation the master carved this bull, looking down directly at the meat shop, with two horns forever reminding the world of this occasion.

    A couple of corners away, a workshop turns out replacements for stonework that needs replacing.
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  • Day14

    Flo

    November 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    View from Vanessa's balcony. Close up the Duomo can be seen - now that it has been cleaned - as a monument to hard work.

    The bars in this grate, outside the Ospidale deli Innocenti, are spaced far enough apart to permit passage of a baby but not an infant. Until about 1875 mothers unable to care for their child could leave it here for the nuns to look after.Read more

  • Day3

    Leaving Venice

    July 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 75 °F

    Up early to look through St Marks Basillica and well worth the wait in a queue. Such a beautiful church with lots of history. We said goodbye to our appt and breakfast cafe to board a train to Florence. Two hours later and a short walk from the station to our appt then out. We booked to go in to the church, through the museum and up the cupola (dome). Not quite as tall as the Vatican but still about 367 steep steps and yes I did it albeit slowly. I am now knackered but I did it. Museum was so interesting. Don’t think the girls were impressed with seeing a finger from John The Baptiste!!! Out to a lovely restaurant 10 mins from appt. we all love Italian food. Lovely appt right in the middle of all the action, just great.Read more

  • Day4

    Florence

    July 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 75 °F

    Woken up to bells ringing at 7am.. They will forever be in my mind!!! Breakfast in a lovely cafe 5 mins from our appt. just love their fresh juice and food. Walked around one of the many squares with all the tourists and waited in a queue again to visit a palace museum. Had an early lunch then walked down to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and watched dragon boats practising on the Arno River . Opening ceremony for the International Festival tomorrow night with racing on Sat. NZ team racing. Had siesta then back on the streets to see the famous sculpture of David, just amazing. Claire has sore throat so only three for dinner, hopefully she will feel better after a good nights sleep.Read more

  • Day21

    Florence Part 1

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Continuing our love of public transport we caught the Metro to Milan Centrale Station and found our way to the departure area for the inter city trains. MDW was keen to get there so we only had a three hour wait and no seats were available. It was packed. So we went to a cafe where we paid extra for seating and purchased a coffee and hot chocolate. Italian coffee is fairly strong but usually of good quality and I find it very drinkable. The size is small but because of the strength it is probably sufficient. MDW’s hot chocolate came in a large mug and was like a cup of melted chocolate. Thick brown syrup, MDW said there were enough calories in it for a year, you have it. So I slowly spooned the chocolate until I had half finished it. That was enough. We took our bags to the departure area and spent the next hour looking at the departures notifications along with a thousand other train travellers. Eventually we were able to board and found our seats. It was a high speed train from Milan to Florence. With speeds of 300km it was a two hour journey and quite comfortable. The Florence station was 1 kilometre from our hotel, The Hotel Villini. 10 minutes walk, no public transport options and a mile long queue for the taxis. Google maps pointed in the right direction and off we trekked. The non existent foot paths made us wheel our bags along the paved road along with many others including cars and push bikes. It was a battle at times and we did think the wheels could fall off at any moment. After our 10 minute walk we found the entrance to our accommodation. This hotel was picked by MDW, 2 Star. I think 1 star for having a bed and 1 star for having a bathroom, a disaster of no kettle so no cups of tea, but 5 stars for location. We were greeted by two work experience students who explained the bar opens at 6pm but if we wanted something earlier they would look after us but don’t tell the boss. We unloaded our bags, noticed there was the standard bidet in the bathroom, something that will remain unused, and headed out. 20 meters from the front door we were in the main piazza. The 3rd biggest cathedral in Italy I was informed by a tourist guide. It is immense, spectacular, amazing etc etc. We walked around it, up and down many streets then sat near it for a cold drink. My glass was frosty and the “almost a long neck” very cold. I poured the beer in the glass and suddenly had a frozen beer in front of me. But it was refreshing. After dinner we walked around for a few more hours marvelling at the spectacular buildings, watching and listening to buskers and walking in and out of a 100 shops. Back to our room we collapsed and even the hard bed seemed almost comfortable.
    One thing whilst people watching, we have noticed is the various stances people take before having their photo taken, it is an art form and at time amusing.
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  • Day21

    Florence Part 2, eating

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    As we are deprived of tea we went to one of the few cafes open at 8 o’clock in the morning. We sit and ask for tea and toast. The waiter brings a selection of tea bags along with two tea pots filled with boiling water. Milk still hasn’t arrived but instead of toast two plates with toasted cheese and ham arrive. We send it back making sure it is understood we want toasted bread with butter. Milk arrives and we finish our tea but still no toast so I get up to pay, explain that we did not get the toast. The man at the cash register is not happy and after I pay the toast arrives. Too late. Pleased I didn’t wait for the toast as it was not bread but thin wafer style biscuit.
    Next meal we try is lunch, well I do. I have a four cheese pizza at a pizzeria. It arrives, lovely base beautifully smothered with cheese. I start to slice it when cheese or more likely milk, starts running off the pizza. I wait a while to see if it would set but no, it stays runny. I manage to eat it anyway.
    Final meal of the day is cannelloni for me and pork steak and potato for MDW. The meals arrive, mine perfectly aligned on the plate whilst MDW’s looked like manufactured pork with potato slices and salad. I know MDW is not going to eat her dinner. Mine is bland which is disappointing as I expected something special in Italy. The waiter came out and proudly told us that as they don’t have a kitchen he managed to find a packet of potato to heat up with the pork. What, no kitchen? We were given microwaved meals? We were not impressed but just paid the bill and left the food on the plate. This was very disappointing, if we had been home we would have complained but the cold beer at this place is pretty good.
    During one of our strolls we hear an almighty noise and saw the result of a wheel falling of the cart with 4 tourists in the back. One wheel had rolled to the side of the street with the passengers clambering off the cart and left to their own devices to get to the centre of town. It’s not surprising the carts wheel fell off, the paved roads are quite bumpy. I wonder how the wheels on our suitcases will survive the walk back to the train station.
    Florence is a wonderful city, the centre is magnificent, it’s more touristy than Milan but also more laid back. Plenty of places to sit and have a drink and watch the tourists go by. Next stop Bologna, our Italian is working well with the locals appearing to appreciate our efforts.
    Arrivederci!
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  • Day9

    Bella! Bella! Florence

    November 9, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    After driving through the region of Lake Como, we arrived at a high overlook atop the city of Florence. We could see it all. Above us was a reproduction of Michaelangelo's famous statue of David. In front of us was a red Ferrari. Our bus driver was especially interested in the car. As a young man he was the personal driver for Enzo Ferrari. We checked into the Grand Hotel Baglioni, a lodging that looks as though Errol Flynn could have stayed there during one of his adventures. It has been well maintained, though, and is a lovely old girl. We got a tour of the Academy and saw the original statue of David, and some unfinished works by Michaelangelo. I happened to see Matt Evans, one of my Goldsboro District pastors, with a church group at the academy.Read more

  • Day10

    At the Grand Hotel Baglioni

    November 10, 2014 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

    The Grand Hotel Baglioni was our home while in Florence. It is a lovely old structure that has been meticulously maintained. Although it is old, it is quite comfortable and very clean. It has a wonderful ambience that makes one wonder whether French and German spies from the world wars are still hiding in some out-of-the-way closet. The dining room was elegant, and often evening meals can be taken on the lovely rooftop garden. It gives a wondeful view of the whole of Florence. Right across the street are the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and the train station.Read more

  • Day10

    Church of Santa Croce

    November 10, 2014 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    Far more beautiful than the Duomo on the inside, the Church of Santa Croce is the site of the tombs of some of the most famous sons of Italy. It holds the remains of artists and inventors as diverse as Michaelangelo, Enrico Fermi, and even Nicolo Machiavelli. Its exterior reflects a motif similar to that of the Duomo, dominated by green, white and rose marble.Read more

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