Hello all! Yesterday’s post was about Florence, but we are spending two whole days in Florence, so I MUST add a second post!!! Florence is my favorite place so far. I thought that Assisi would be hard to beat, but Florence is just CRAZY! Gypsies, like I said before, are everywhere, but even more so the more we hung around in the different squares. Firenze, by the way–sidenote!–means Florence in Italian. 🙂 If you didn’t already catch that, ya know.
The first thing we did on day two of being in Florence was go and visit the open market! My group had already been there the first day, but we had a lot of free time to spend before we had to meet up with our group at the Academia Museum. So, walking around Florence, one of my friends led the way because he knew how to play Assassin’s Creed. It works! HA! There was one guy who was really nice and lowered his prices to my standards. I dubbed him my favorite of the day because unlike when I bargain in Africa, they do not haggle with me!!
I try everything and still, nill! Nevertheless, it is an interesting experience being among these types of people. They all talk fairly fast and they like to go off on tangents, much like me! At about lunchtime, or whenever my group was ready, we crossed the street to a cafe. I was looking for free wi-fi, whilst my group mates were looking for Espresso (Aunt Kellie….*cough*cough*). Yes, well, I didn’t find the free wi-fi. 😦 But, we did happen upon some Espresso….in a cafe……with a HEATER! So, all in all, I was delighted. 🙂
At one point in the day we stopped at a caricature person thingie doo-hickey, ya know what I’m referring to. I will have to post a picture. the picture itself was a mite inappro-pro. Okay, we had to tell him to add some clothes to the girl he drew next to them. IT was five euros and it was well worth it! I was laughing so hard with my friend, Julie, that I could barely hear the guy ask me if I wanted one with Julie and then I could barely shake my head no! I think my exact words were, “I’d rather have my clothes on, Sir.” when talking about it with Julie later that afternoon.
After lunch, we went to meet the group (all of the rest of us, basically) at the Academia. I still have my ticket. It houses DAVID by Michelangelo. The Italians say “Mee-kellan-jello.” 😀 It is SO HUGE. I wish I could have taken a picture for y’all, alas, they threatened to take away one of my group member’s phones for photography. There were so many vendors selling Michelangelo’s work, THE DAVID all over the squares. Most of them, granted, were inappropriate, nevertheless, it’s all a part of the experience. 🙂