A quick tour
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Last night I met two girls from Australia. Imagine my surprise when they walked in. I was laying on my bed, reading, and sort of listening to the italian television station airing a varient on that show where you pick a suitcase and hope it has a large cash value in it. They walked in and I saw them (noticing their gender), and said, "Well...isn't this a bit awkward," They were nice, and we actually stayed up a long time talking about italy. It was nice since I rarely have had the chance to talk to people who speak English.
I got up early and took the bus tour. The rain had started again, but it was only a drizzle. The tour was fast paced. 10 minutes here, and then we were off.
The Last Supper was neat. I didn't realize that it wasn't a canvas painting. I thought we would be going to a museum and seeing a painting hanging on a wall. In fact it's a painting ON a wall. And part of what's neat about it, is that since Divinci didn't follow the rules about preparing a wall for painting, Last Supper was actually damaged quickly and they've had to do a ton of restoration on it. The guide had some neat things to say about the layout of the characters in it, the perspective and horizon of the painting, and other artsy things that didn't really move me.
From there we returned to the Duomo and I took the chance to go on top. For only 5€ you can walk to the top of it and walk on the roof. That was a great experience since for a long time there was a law preventing any building from being taller then the Duomo. Now there are only one or two which are larger. You feel like you can see all of Italy....just not in the rain, the clouds get in the way...bummer.
After all this I wanted to catch up on my email etc. I looked in my handy Lonely Planet and found where I would be headed, not too far from the Duomo. After 30 minutes I had found that the guide book map was wrong. I double checked every which way and the street they labled, was not right. Off to the next place they listed. This place was far, and the most direct route was to just walk there. I walked....and walked...and finally found it...to be closed.
I broke out my Rick Steves book...wow, an internet cafe right next to the Duomo! I walked back...just my luck.