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Tuscany Day Six

Florence

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This morning the bus took us to Florence. We had reservations at the museum housing Michelangelo's David and were able to pass in front of all the people in line once again. We had an excellent local guide named Suzanne today. She gave us lots of information about Michelangelo's life and works. The first things that you see when you enter the large hall are 4 large unfinished statues in blocks of marble. They look as if the men carved in them are imprisoned in the stone. The Italians call this group of unfinished sculptures The Prisoners. At the end of the large hall stands David. Suzanne assured us that the quality of the marble used to make this statue was definitely inferior to the stone used to carve The Prisoners. Poor David was left out in the elements for a few hundred years because the priest who had ordered the statue wouldn't put it in the church for which it was carved. Too naked. Michelangelo carved David when he was 26 years old. The detail in this statue is really amazing. Up close you can see that he has carved the raised veins in David's arms and neck. That statue is so lifelike! David is far enough away from the walls of the room that you can look at him from every angle. There were lots of comments by both our tour guide and the local guide about David's tush. After our museum visit we went to a local restaurant and were served a wonderful lunch with plenty of white and red wine. We then walked for a while to the main quality shopping street in Florence. The main products produced here in Florence are top quality leather goods and jewellery made of gold. The men mostly just went to have a drink at one of the local restaurants and the women went shopping! I was able to buy pair of silver earrings that were my style and I stopped there. Everything seems so expensive here because not only are the prices higher than at home but you have to add on at least 30 cents onto each dollar, eg. one Euro equals 1.30Cdn. We went back to our hotel in Montecatini and Neil and I went to the local grocery store to buy our dinner of BBQ chicken, bread, bananas, tomatoes, and chocolate cookies for dessert.

Posted by lineke.rich 12:15 Archived in Italy

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