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Published: August 31st 2007
We arrived in Florence at about 11 am after an uneventful (and cheap!) bus ride from Siena. Florence is definitely busier than sleepy little Siena. Florence is really a great city. It is full of culture, good food, famous art and TOURISTS. We have seen a lot of Americans. They seemed to be a lot in Venice too, but not really is any of the other places we have been. You always know the tour groups because they are following someone with a microphone or an obnoxious umbrella.
I had the brillant idea that we should climb the dome of the Duomo. It was 463 steps to the top! That was a long sweaty climb, but definitely worth it. We could take in the city from above and see some of the surrounding hill towns. After that crazy climb, we got some pasta and gelato (Italian ice cream)! Gelato is so good and so easy to get. I believe every third storefront in Florence is a gelateria. Next, we saw the famous David statue. It is much more impressive in person than I thought it would be. I would recommend seeing it if you are ever in Florence. We spent
of the city and fresh air on the way up.
the rest of the afternoon strolling around the city taking in the sights. For a break from the heat, we are updating the lovely blog. I understand we have a following now so we do not want to disappoint!
Jeff note: I was so excited to see Michaelangelo's David. Its a beautiful display and of course I wanted a picture. I take my first pic and immediately get yelled at, "Mister! Mister! No pictures!" I was so mad that you can't take pictures, but I got one shot! If you just be fast and sneaky!
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