Rome and are getting worn out.
This morning they had waffles in addition to the pancakes and other menu items.I had scrambled eggs and made a ham and cheese sandwich with the wonderful Italian roll. Of course there was a chocolate croissant washed down with 3 cups of coffee. Those three cups of coffee probably equal one of my usual morning mugs.
|Agip gas station|
We stopped halfway and had a 30 minute break. Brad pointed out the name of the service station (which is changing). The perception to English speakers isn’t great plus why would they have a fire-breathing animal logo. Gasoline is flammable!
I bought a cappuccino with chocolate from a wonderful vending machine for 90 cents. Steve bought a chocolate bar with hazelnuts.
|Vending machine for Women’s underwear|
Along the way he gave us background and shared options for restrooms and lunch. It was very touristy along this route with lots of souvenir stands and things like this.
|Pisa Cathedral with Tower in Background|
|Leaning Tower of Pisa|
We took some fun photos although not as creative as we saw others making.
Steve wanted Burger King from the moment Brad pointed it out (fast food withdrawal?) so that’s where we went. I had the chicken sandwich combo and he had a whopper combo. The receipt has the bathroom code at the bottom and each of the three stalls had a keypad.
I must say it was the best fast food I’ve ever had! Steve went back to the counter to get me a pack of ketchup and it was 10 cents. So, that seems to be the least expensive wy to have access to a toilet in Pisa.
Steve had a vanilla gelato cone for 50 cents and I walked down to another gelato stand and have duo gusti for $2.50 euros. My flavors today were tiramisu and good old pistachio.
euros with scenes from Italy in each panel as we were walking to our bus in the parking area.
Our schedule had us going to the Academy on Friday but group tours were sold out for the morning that day so we had to squeeze it in on Thursday p.m.
|Florence museum tickets. Very plain!|
It is hard to believe most of the works of art in this gallery are considered inferior to those at the Uffizi or other museums.
|The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna|
|Back of The Rape of the Sabine Women|
|Steve listening intently to our Florence guide|
Assumption of the Virgin by Pietro Vannucci detto Pietro Perugino
Deposition from the Cross byFilippino Lippi; Pietro Vannucci detto il Perugino
There wasn’t enough time to see it all, but we had plenty of time to view the Michelangelo’s four unfinished pieces known as the prisoners as they seem imprisoned in the marble.
|Prisoner, the Bearded Slave|
|Prisoner, Awakening Slave|
I did not get a picture of the fourth piece, known as Young Slave. As you proceed down the hall to the David, your eyes are continuously drawn to him.
The statue is so impressive and I was surprised how emotional I felt viewing it. You can not appreciate it fully from pictures. In person, you see the details of the marble and the miracle he crafted it from one piece of marble with no models at such a young age in just 18 months.
Sadly we didn’t have enough time to explore other pieces of work though I got a couple more pictures as we exited.
Crucifixion and Saints byPacino di Buonaguida (14th century)
|Tree of Life by Pacino di Buonaguida|
From there we had a little walking tour. First up was the Florence Duomo. It is enormous and just about impossible with my cameras to get in one picture.
There’s so much going on in the facade, it’s overwhelming.
|Gates of Paradise|
This picture was as close as I could get to the Gates of Paradise at the Florence Bapistry. There were tour groups parked in front.
|Triumphal Arch in Piazza Della Republicca|
Piazza della Signoria has a lot going on.It’s ringed with restaurants, shops and of course beautiful art!
|Perseus with the Head of Medusa, by Cellini (1554)|
|Hercules and Cacus by Baccio Bandinelli|
|Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo Ammannati|
Judith and Holofernes by Donatello
The wine tasting was at Cucina Torcicoda and I think the entire group was ready to sit down.
We tasted several wines and learned the 5 s’s:
- see (look for clarity)
- swirl (look at legs)
It was a lovely experience. We walked to the bus in another 1/2 mile or so where it was parked by the River Arno.
Gaetano had picked up cards with our Hotel Londra room number for each of us. We once again were 101. When we take another tour, I will put Steve’s info in first so things will be under his last name.
It was the only hotel where we didn’t have a separate bidet. The toilet was a dual-function one.
We had an hour before it was time for dinner in the hotel. Our tablemates tonight were Regie and Dave, Jana and Jean, Brenda and Marilyn. We had the best service on the trip, but I must admit the worst food of all the included dinners.