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Published: July 25th 2012
The beautiful Italian countryside whizzes by my first class cabin. Its rolling hills of gold and green bring to mind strong associations of olive oil, wine vineyards, and of course spaghetti!
We have just departed Florence, the epicenter of the Italian Renaissance. Main attractions included a variety of museums, churches, and palaces adorned with the work of 15th
century greats like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Brunelleschi. Much of the art produced here was commissioned by the rich and powerful Medici family. With such historical investment in art and culture, it is no wonder why European society still places a high value on artistic expression. This has been evident on every street corner of every city we’ve visited thus far.
Our journey to Florence from Barcelona involved two overnight adventures as quasi-stowaways. On the way, we spent one night in Villefranche, a costal resort town part of the French Riviera. Adjusting to French and Italian has been tough at times, but Spanish is usually close enough to get by, and giving both languages a shot has made people very warm and receptive – especially the French!
See you in Rome.
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