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Can you imagine if I had this guy to keep you in line when you were growing up? Instead, I only had the feeble threat of "your father will be home soon." As gory as this man chomping demon is, he isn't half as scary as the convincing Dominican Dogs. These hounds of God, found in the Spanish Chapel of Santa Maria Novella, chase and nip the poor sheep back into the fold when they have indulged in too much dancing or "forbidden fruit". The fear has not prevented me from delighting in my daily gelato.
I climbed the Bell Tower in Pisa yesterday, the Duomo in Florence today and we will climb Giotto's Campanile tomorrow. Along with the 53 stairs every time I head up to our third floor apartment, I am definitely in training for the up-coming Dome of St. Peter in Rome. It's not going to be pretty.
You are always in my prayers. Love Mom
Italian Saying: A tavola non si invecchia (You don’t age while seated for a meal)--I love Italy 😄
Ancora Imparo (Yet I am learning) ― Michelangelo
We just returned from a romantic stroll along the Arno River--the three of us (Mom, Dad and The Camera). As today was our first full day here we took it easy, which for us is: one Renaissance walking tour, one church and one museum.
As we approached the church of Santo Spirito we noted that a funeral mass was just finishing. It was an important reminder that we are have inserted ourselves into the everyday lives of the Florentines. Respectfully observing their joys and sorrows provides an important face to travel. The chiesa houses a wooden crucifix known as one of the early works of Michelangelo. It is moving in its simplicity.
Tomorrow we start our touring in earnest. Our Firenze Card covers 72 hours and 67 museums/churches/palaces. Your Dad has an ambitious plan that involves visiting eighteen! This adventure is definitely going to have to be powered by gelato if we are going to continue to experience dolce vita (the sweet life).
You are Always in my Prayers. Love Mom