For the past three weeks we have been living in Florence, Italy, and have had a great time walking through the countryside, around the museums, and admiring the incredible architecture and art everywhere.
My first impressions of Florence the first week we were here were how many Vespas there were (thousands, lining the streets!), the compactness of the roads and cars and stores, and how beautiful the countryside was. We went on lots of walks outside the city to take in the amazing Tuscan landscape. I love the greenness of it all, because in England in the wintertime, everything is grey, but here a lot of the foliage is evergreen. The contrasting earth-tone tuscan villas accent the surrounding countryside extremely well.
Our second week we visited a lot of museums, and chilled at home some more. The Uffizi Gallery was really cool, my favorite paintings were the three Da Vinci’s even though one of them was unfinished. I also found a painting that looked like the pose Uncle Rico takes in Deb’s photo shoot from Napoleon Dynamite. Another museum that we visited that was really neat was the Galileo Museum. I thought the best exhibit was the one on Astrolabes. It didn’t really explain them or anything, but i had done some research before and it was really cool to see them up close and in person.
This was our last week here and we made the most of it by renting a car, driving to all the destinations we could on this side of the country. On Monday, we visited some hot springs called Terme Petriolo. It was 40 degrees fahrenheit outside when we got there but the water was nice and warm, almost hot. Tuesday we went into the Dome of Florence and climbed to the top with our friends the Collins. My favorite day was Wednesday when we went to the Ferrari Museum. The cars there were truly pieces of art, and I had a lot of fun looking at them and also trying to figure them out. Finally, on thursday, we went to the Piaggio Museum, and saw all the different models of Vespa, but my favorite part was the Ape exhibit. Apes are three-wheeled covered mopeds with a truck bed, and we nicknamed them Put-Puts, cuz they’re so tiny.