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15 April 2010

My Italian Spring Break: Florence

Welcome to Florence, the land that loves the fleur de lis!

Our next stop: Florence. We had a bit of trouble for our hostels and fell victim to April's higher prices.

In Florence we headed to the Duomo. As we were approaching the Easter weekend, I was expecting the crowds to pick up everywhere we went. Luckily standing in the line allowed us ample time to check out the Duomo's pink, green, and white marble exterior. Sora kept saying that it looked like paper from far away!

Florence Duomo.

Thought of my lovely Kappas a lot here!

We made a visit to our good friend David at the Galleria dell'Accademia. I am not an art expert, but David was really neat! The Mona Lisa may be smaller than expected, but David was much bigger than expected!

"David" replica.

Our weather was a little less than desirable, so we headed to the water to get a little outdoors scenery before it rained. We walked across Ponte Vecchio and admired the little shops of gold and silver jewelry.

At Ponte Vecchio.

My favorite part of our Florence visit was the leather market at San Lorenzo. We bargained like professionals and I left with many, many fleur de lis goods! I am very glad Europe likes all of Kappa's symbols!!

One night Sora and I picked up a hostel friend (Richard, Hawaiian med student going to school in Texas, doing his final fun hoorah before hitting the books) and headed to a favorite local location. Sora had heard that Piazzale Michelangelo was great for city-wide pictures from her friend who was studying in Florence. It was beautiful!

On the way: rub the Porcellino for good luck!

Bridges at night.

Pretty night view from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Before we got on yet another train, we met Sora's sorority sister Colleen (and fellow bulldog!) who had just returned from a trip. She gave Sora tons of Florence tips, so it was great to meet her and just relax!

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