I checked out shortly after breakfast, I had to change rooms today, was not a big deal. I left my luggage at the hostel, my computer at the reception desk, and went out to explore Florence. My first stop, camera shops, the camera I brought with me to Europe had died, it is still under warranty, I may ship it to my parents and let them send it in for repairs. In the meantime, I needed a new camera, I could have gone with a cheap low end, but this is the trip of a lifetime, when will I ever tour Europe like this again? I invested in another super zoom camera, this camera is a 12.5x zoom, good enough for what I need.
I went to the Duomo after I bought my new camera, I took a few shots and the low battery warning appeared. Florence's Duomo, is probably the most beautiful cathedral I have seen in Europe. Many of Florence's buildings are architectural works of art, fitting for this city of art. I was going to go check out the lines at the Uffizi, Florence's famous art gallery, but I decided to go back to my hostel and charge my battery. Last thing I wanted was to be sightseeing and my camera's battery die.
|Lynnae & Duomo & Baptistery|
|Lynnae in front of Palazzo Vecchio|
|Fountain in Piazza della Signoria|
|Statue in Piazza della Signoria|
|Inside Florence's Duomo|
|Caramel Gelato on my way to the Accademia to see David|
The wait to get into the Accademia was a little less than an hour, I passed the time talking to an American couple living in Edinburgh, Scotland. I told them about my CIA story, they had the usual response, shock, sounds like a TV show, etc. They said they always meet interesting people while traveling, I agreed. Seeing David at the was worth the wait, pictures do not convey what the sculpture looks like in person. David is the main attraction at the Accademia, I looked at the other exhibits, but wanted to go back to the Uffizi, see if the lines were shorter in the evening.
|David at the Accademia|
|Lynnae in the Uffizi|
|The Arno River|
|View of Florence from Piazelle Michelangelo|
|Lynnae in Piazelle Michelangelo|
|Line at the Uffizi for free night|
After dinner I returned to my hostel. I met my hostel mate from Australia, we talked about our travels. She studied in Paris for 5 months, spent a lot of time with Americans and has acquired an American accent, it happens. Later our hostel mate from Mexico showed up. Tomorrow I move on to Pisa for a night, then Rome. I may stop in the walled city Lucca on my way to Pisa tomorrow, I have not decided yet.
Day 2 in Florence Photo Album