Today we went to the Uffizi. All the artwork was cool. My favorite painting there was Botticelli's Birth of Venus. It is so interesting to me. I thought about buying a print of it, but then realized later in life I didn't want to have to explain to my little boys why there is a naked woman hanging on our wall. After the Uffizi we went over to the Academia and went to the exhibit where Michelangelo's David is and The Prisoners. It was such a sight! This is what got Michelangelo the gig to do the Pieta, which then got him the gig to do the Sistine Chapel..so, yeah it was pretty amazing. The corridor was lined in the Prisoner sculptures that were unfinished. It was so cool to see these lives forming out of these blocks of marble. Then at the end of the corridor was a dome with David in all his glory. The David is huge! I was so surprised. The detail is impeccable. The hair, the veins, the muscles, the toe nails-wow! David's hands and head are very large compared to his body, which could be because the statue was originally to be placed on top of a cathedral, or because it was thematic of the renaissance and using your head and your hands to create.
Now I am sitting in the breakfast room at my hotel. It has such an incredible view of Florence. We're going to wait and watch the sunset. Also, I got news from my dad that next week we are going to be able to access the archives in Sospirollo that has our family history in it. The priest will have to watch us. It is such a blessing that we even got permission to do this. Oh I cannot wait! We will be able to do a lot of family history.
|Best restaurant at the best indoor food market.|
|Ceiling of the Medicee Chapel.|
|Katie, Mel, Morgan and me.|
|The whimsical carosal in one of the piazzas.|
|One of the best places to get gelato in Firenze.|
|Alisha, me and Mauri.|
|View from the Piazza el Michelangelo.|
|About Michelangelo's Prisoners.|
|Another one of the best places to get gelato.|
|View from my hotel.|